Mads Mikkelsen

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Dr. Hannibal Lecter on Hannibal


Oesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Mads Mikkelsen is a part of the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-90's. He starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success "Pusher", and from then on he slowly grew to become one of Denmarks biggest movie actors. The success in Denmark includes such movies as "Flickering Lights" (Blinkende Lygter) (2000), "Shake It All About" (En Kort En Lang) (2001), "After The Wedding" (Efter Bryllupet) (2006) and the Emmy winning police series "Unit 1" (Rejseholdet) (2000). Mads landed his first big part in an American movie in 2004 when he played Tristan in "King Arthur" His next movie is the upcoming "Casino Royal" where he plays Le Chiffre, James Bond's arch enemy.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen



    Birth Place:

    Oesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Also Known As

    Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen

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    • Mads Mikkelsen (On his Casino Royale character, LeChiffre): Every good character, if it's good or bad, they have to have that dualism inside of them. If you play the baddie, you have to find something likeable about them, and that goes with the good guy as well, find something unlikable and that's what we tried to do with this one as well.

    • Mads Mikkelsen (On the audition process for Casino Royale): I couldn't make it for the first couple of auditions, because I was working on a revenge film in Prague, so I just thought that I might be number 2,000 on the list, but they kept calling me back three times. Eventually, I made it. I was dressed up and I was about to do a scene with Daniel [Craig], but at that time, they've all seen my work and they were quite busy, so I got the job without doing the casting, which was kind of an anti-climax, but still, I enjoyed that.

    • Mads Mikkelsen (On the Danish film industry): We make about 25 films a year. For a small country of 5 million people, it's good. They all have been released in theatres, strong governmental support. I think it enables us to make a lot of different films every year, and I think that's what makes a strong industry. We have like 35-40% of people watching films are Danish films and the rest will be American and English.

    • Mads Mikkelsen (At the Toronto film festival, Mads showed up to a interview in a wrinkled suit, and when the interviewer asked him if he couldn't get anyone to fix that he laughed and answered very humble): We are not used to that sort of thing in Denmark, there you have to take care of yourself.

    • Mads Mikkelsen (responding to a question asking if he thinks the movie "Casino Royale" will change his life): I think that it takes more than one movie to do that, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. I'm sure people will recognise me but still believe I will be able to go on vacation.

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    • His name is pronounced Mas 'Megelsn'.

    • Mads has two children, Viola and Carl, with his wife Hanne.

    • Mads is 5' 11¾" (1.82 m) in height.

    • Mads has a big brother named Lars Mikkelsen, he is also an actor.

    • Mads recently received the not so flattering award "guldkrukken" from a Danish gossip magazine. The award refers to his somewhat bad temper when it comes to the press. The magazine pointed out that Mads has gone from a Danish TV darling to an angry old man who refuses to be interviewed or have his picture taken if it's not on his terms. Whether or not Mads received this award because he sued the magazine for half a million Dkr. is unknown.

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