“If it’s for a rotten movie, what do you think you accomplished in the end?”
Mads Mikkelsen will return to the cinema on Wednesday in Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore’s Secrets, succeeding Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. Returning to his arrival in the saga declined from Harry Potter, written by JK Rowling and Steve Kloves directly for the big screen, this time, the Danish comedian looks back on his career as an actor, notably on his successes in Hollywood. From James Bond (Casino Royale) to Star Wars (RogueOne) to Marvel (Doctor Strange) and now Harry Pottertherefore, but also soon IndianaJones, he is one of the few who can move from one saga to another without being too attached in the public’s mind to a single character. Equally comfortable on television (his series Hannibal enjoyed great critical success), he explains that he takes his work very seriously, preparing his characters beforehand and taking riding or fencing lessons, for example, before signing for King Arthurin 2004. However, don’t count on him to immerse himself excessively in the preparation of a role and never get out of it, even between takes, unlike the “method actors” such as Jared Leto or Daniel Day-Lewis! He even admits to considering this playing technique “crappy”.
“We talk about preparation, but it can lead to madness, comments Mikkelsen. If it’s for a rotten film, what do you think you accomplished in the end? Am I impressed because you never got out of character? You should have done this from the start! And how are you going to prepare to play a serial killer? You’re going to spend two years planning a murder?” An answer reminiscent of investment sometimes “borderline” of Jared Leto for his rolesfor example for Morbius, recently, even if the actor is not openly quoted. On the other hand, when the journalist asks him if he would particularly like to shoot opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, he answers: “I would have a good time, for sure: trying to crack him! (taking a precious voice) ‘Can I smoke a cigarette? It dates from the year 2020, not from 1870, are you going to be able to live with that?’ It’s pretentious. Daniel Day-Lewis is a great actor, but that has nothing to do with this method.”
The shock roles of Mads Mikkelsen: Arctic, Pusher, Casino Royale…
The example of the “serial killer” is probably not chosen at random, Mads Mikkelsen having often played “bad guys” during his career, whether in Danish films or Hollywood productions. During the press conference of Fantastic Beasts 3he has moreover detailed about his new role as “bad guy” : “Grindelwald is very connected to Dumbledore. We obviously talked about that, how he fits into this world. Nobody thinks: ‘I’m going to be the bad guy.’ We must ask ourselves: ‘why does he act like that? What is his goal ? Why does he want to make the world a better place, but in this way?’ They had the same goal when they were younger, and then their way of achieving it changed.” HAS QG, he adds that as with his incarnation of Hannibal, he did not seek to imitate his predecessor. Play it like Anthony Hopkins “would have been creative suicide, Mads replies. We have to reclaim the character.” He admits all the same having taken up “intellectual vanity” of Grindelwald proposed by Depp in the second part of the saga, but considers having offered him a personality “more respectable, more empathetic, so that we understand what someone purely good like Dumbledore could have seen in him in the past .”
Here is the trailer for Fantastic Beasts 3 :
Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore finally declares his love for Grindelwald on video