“His career is a little bit like Robert De Niro’s: he started out playing a kind of punk roles, and rebels, and a dangerous guys. As he’s got older, though, he’s been playing the romantic lead in several Danish films and even comedies. He’s by far the biggest star in Denmark and the main dramatic actor that we have.”
You also starred in the Danish comedy Men & Chicken last year. Is it important for you to also do smaller-scaled Danish work like that, to provide you with some balance, artistically speaking?
Mads Mikkelsen: It’s not that I sit down and say, “Now, I have to do this. Now I want to make a big blockbuster.” That’s not the way it works. But as a Dane, I think it’s still important to be a part of what we do back home. Those are the stories, those are my friends, we started out together — there’s something just very nice about going back to that specific freedom we have together.
Me: Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (also known as Ninjago), is a Danish-Canadian action comedy family animated TV series that centers on the adventures of six ninja: Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd (as of Season 2), and Nya (as of Season 5). The series is based on the Lego toy series of the same name. Ninjago was originally planned to be discontinued in 2013 and replaced by Legends of Chima, but this was eventually decided against, and the Ninjago theme and animated series were continued into the present day, outlasting Legends of Chima, which only continued until 2015.
“He usually had a patch on the eye or a scar on the face,” - says “A Royal Affair” director Nikolaj Arcel. “He’s had a career a little bit like Robert De Niro, where he started out playing a little bit of a punk, a little bit of a rebel, a little bit of a dangerous guy. As he’s got older, though, he’s been playing the romantic lead in several Danish films and even comedies. He’s by far the biggest star in Denmark and the main dramatic actor that we have.” [x]
“terrorism doesn’t work in Denmark, I think they’ve forgotten that we used to be vikings, y’know? they already had such a crazy religion, it’s like, to base terror on Norse mythology would suck, it would make no sense at all:
“sooo, what happens when you die?”
“you go up into a house in the sky with loads of beer”
“but we’ve got loads of beer here, right?”
“yeaah weell, then there’re more spare ribs up there…and…and it’s controlled by a blind guy with a raven…I don’t wanna talk about it anymore…”
Norse mythology was totally improvised by a couple of drunk guys on their way home from a party,
“how many legs has his horse got..?”
“an’ when there’s a storm it’s a guy with a COUple of GOAts, yeeah!”
“can you eat the goats?”
“yeah LOADS of times!” completely snack-based religion.
- Do you believe your looks have impacted your career in any way?
MM: Beautiful? Are you calling me beautiful at this table? Can we add young then? I actually had a Danish comedy called Shake It All About that couldn’t be released in Japan because the character was too ugly – that was the feedback that came back, and that was unfortunately me. But in terms of work, no; in terms of the press and journalism, yes. Early on I did things where I was not necessarily the pretty boy; I had tattoos all over my face and I never made an effort to be “the thing.” So work-wise no, but obviously if one of the gossip magazines nominates you as one of the sexiest men of the year, it stays with you for a long time and it does color people’s opinions. But I have to look at it from the other way: It’s nicer to be the sexiest man than the ugliest man, right? If I was aware that I was a “pretty boy” earlier in my career, I would have been more aggressive with it when I was younger. A talented young woman who’s pretty will have to struggle to prove that she’s talented. I think that boys are not told that in the same way, let’s put it that way.