Mads Mikkelsen on Surviving the Polar Wilderness in ‘Arctic’
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, best known for playing villains in “Hannibal” and “Casino Royale,” has a more nuanced role in Joe Penna’s “Arctic.” In the survival thriller, written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, and being sold in Cannes by XYZ Films, Mikkelsen plays a man stranded in the polar wastes after a tragic accident. Mikkelsen spoke to Variety about the movie, which is produced by Armory Films and Union Editorial.
How would you describe your character in “Arctic”? He is you and me, he is everybody. Time has taken its toll on him being
alone in the Arctic for so long. He doesn’t have a real past; you don’t
get know much about him – does he have a family and so forth. We wanted
him to be anyone who was trapped in this terrible situation.
What attracted you to the role? I’ve read a few things like this before and they always fall into the
trap of flashbacks, going down memory lane and a little of romance — for
me that’s always disturbing for a story that is quite beautiful and
radical in itself; we don’t need to add more emotions to that. Every
time I turned a page I thought ‘Oh, please don’t let this happen,’ and
it didn’t. It just felt as if [the writers] were in tune with the
character while they were writing it, and [not just writing] what the
What part does the landscape play in the film? It is the main character in many ways. It’s the thing that is
unchangeable. I have no impact on the landscape, but it has enormous
impact on me. I am a tiny person in the midst of the universe.
Is the landscape a hostile environment or is your character in tune with it? Both. When we meet him, he’s been there for a while and it is kind of
friendly, but he is sort of under siege; you could say he [feels]
comfortably numb – he has come to terms with where he is and why he is
there, and he is waiting it out. In some ways the film asks: “You can
survive but does that mean you are alive?” When a second person enters
the film the whole idea of being alive becomes very present.
Was it a difficult shoot? This was by far the most difficult shoot I’ve ever done, which is saying
a lot because I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff in my life. We had the
nature, the wind, the snow, the cold; we had long hours of shooting and I
was in every scene. It was brutal, not just physically but emotionally
too — I was always on the edge emotionally. It was a very draining
(WTP: Today’s answer is probably just going to be this today.)
Hunter: Last of the second litter, and the youngest Hunter of the pack. Trenton is good at
keeping a calm demeanor despite how emotionally investing a situation can be.
That isn’t to say he is cold and unfeeling, in fact it is the opposite. Trenton is simply trying
to be mindful and understanding without making those sort of situations worse.
He is a wolf that rarely raises his voice unless it comes defending those he
cares about, but in turn the wolf rarely stands up for himself when called into
is also known for being the best at keeping a secret among the Hunter brothers,
and prides himself on maintaining that trustworthy reputation. Trenton
recently graduated from The Greater Burrows Police Academy and began working as
an official Burrows Region Trooper, usually sticking around the roadways
between Bunny Burrow, Foxes Glen, Tunneler’s Hill, Oakwillow West, and the
greater Hare County area.
Qali Pelagere:Hailing from a family of arctic foxes that
immigrated from North Canidea to Foxes Glen, Qali is a second generation
immigrant, born in a litter of three (all girls) who currently helps run her
families ‘Holiday Tree’ farm. Qali is a bit energetic, and summarily more
passionate than Trenton.
Often times when the wolf won’t stick up for himself, or Qali perceives he’s
taking something to calmly, she’s quick to jump in and start fighting on his
behalf. To Qali it doesn’t even seem to matter the size of the opponent when it
comes to the argument, but that seems to go paw in paw with her tendency not to
fully think emotionally charged things through. Qali also has a poor mind to
mouth filter and sense of other’s personal space, which can often get her into
trouble. She met Trenton
when the wolf was called to the farm to investigate a trespassing call, and
energetic and sweet nature quickly won him over. Well, that and her general
forwardness on getting the wolf’s number.
I really like the first one because of the tragic murderous lizard man (low key favorite character), and Arctic Nation has the most detailed art and best overall feeling in my opinion. A Silent Hell has a really interesting setting and the dark and surreal drug iconography is very fascinating. To me personally, Red Soul and Amarillo are the least memorable ones, although the stories themselves were pretty good I think? They’re still wonderful and inspiring albums. I enjoyed the annoying dalmatian in Red Soul. The hyena guy in Amarillo was awesome and made me terribly sad. I think my order of favoritism is 2-1-4-3-5.
Characters: Enjou Renji, Hongou Masamune x Sawamura Eijun Summary: Meanwhile at Komadai Fujimaki… Warning: Hokkaido!Sawamura + Catcher!Sawamura. Read Arctic Sun [x] first, guys. Note: 1 day till Eijun’s birthday…
Masamune’s eyes have been glued to the weights for the past few minutes now, and Renji is honestly becoming worried. The coach is too busy explaining the rules of the weight room to realize the thoughts in Renji’s head. Although Renji doesn’t want to get labeled as the kid who doesn’t listen on the first day of practice, his worry has finally reached a limit.
“Is everything alright?” Renji whispers lowly to his friend.