Don’t you love Mads Mikkelsen? You know him by many roles and voices-overs he did in so many movies and animations! Just take a look at this sampling where he starred:
- Casino Royale (James Bond movie)
- Cars (voice of Chick Hicks)
- Monsters Inc. (voice of Randall Boggs)
- The Door
- Clash of the Titans
- The Salvation, and the upcoming
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I am excited to see him in his new role as Kaecilius in DOCTOR STRANGE. Be prepared for unexpected, mezmerising and all-things magic! Thanks to the first-class acting talent involved in the movie and directed by one of the prominent directors – Scott Derrickson – you are here for a wild ride.
FUN FACT: When Mads Mikkelsen was asked if he is going to collect himself as a toy figurine that MARVEL will be selling to public, the actor replied without delay:
I’ve been waiting 51 years for that. So, I think, Yes!
Mads Mikkelsen has opened up in our interview with him about his acting career, his aspirations, and his preferences in roles.
In terms of playing characters, I think that any good hero, or any good villain has to be interesting, having both sides of the coin. And I think that’s exactly what Marvel always does, right?
The movie opens NOVEMBER 4th – go see it with friends, family or by yourself. But truly, you are going to be immersed into the brilliant universes and realities that Scott Derrickson has created in this magical installment for Marvel Studios. Each actor and actress we interviewed from DOCTOR STRANGE commented on their being “in spirit” with the entire cast and having spiritual motivation and energy to create each scene.
There were revelations for each and every one of them during the filming of the movie. Look how Mads refers to his shooting of one of the scenes.
It was quite a few scenes that I loved shooting. The great encounter I have with Benedict [Cumberbatch in the movie], which starts out with a long fight, and ends up with me making the speech that makes a lot of sense. I mean, he’s onto something. He [the character] has a point. I thought that was a brilliant sequence to do.
MARVEL has created a magical environment, the CULTURE, for all of their personnel and actors, directors. Mads Mikkelsen described to us how he felt the first time he got inside his costume with all the makeup put on. He was so excited when sharing this with us, I could see the magic of that feeling living inside of him.
It was fantastic! We went to do some of the tests when we were doing the makeup, and I insisted on, can I bring the costume and have it on when we do the makeup, just to see how it looks together. They were spot on. We were sitting in there for hours trying out this makeup, and I was like, “Oh god, do I really wanna do this every day?” [LAUGHS] You know? Uh. But then it turned out so fantastic. I was like, “Yeah, that’s it. Three hours every day, we’ll do it. It, it, it’s worth it, really.”
During the makeup session, I just close my eyes and go through the scene I’m gonna do today. It’s a transformation into preparing for it.If I’m not doing it in the makeup chair, I’ll do it in my own trailer. So, I did it in the makeup chair.
Wearing a heavy load of makeup and “ornamentation” on the faces that each character had to a huge extent, we did ask how the skin “liked” it after all the gunk was washed off and they could see their real faces again. Mads Mikkelsen in his own words:
It didn’t feel as if you could move your skin. It didn’t feel restricted in any way. Our skin was not super happy with it after when you took it off, obviously. But luckily we, sometimes, had a day break, and we will restore the skin a little. But working with it was fantastic, because it looked fantastic, and then there was no restrictions in it.
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The acrobatics and pirouettes he performs in the movie are something to watch for. Mads who brings his rich culture and experience from his native Denmark, started as a gymnast and dancer. No wonder why he is so good at the “tricks” he does as his character Kaecilius in the movie. The actor commented how privileged he was to be part of the MARVEL Universe.
It feels fantastic. As the one who started out acting 20 years ago back home, a late starter, I never imagined that I would work in America at all, a little less that I would work in a Marvel film. It feels as if I’m a very fortunate person.
Some of my favorite actors have been playing villains as well. Christopher Walken [remember him in The Jungle Book voicing King Louie] is a hero of mine. I think he has the ability to somehow make the villains likeable. Whether it’s his personality, or whether it’s that he chose a part that was dualistic written so it makes sense, I don’t know. It’s just that some of the great actors can do that. The Joker is a fantastic example. We love to hate him.
There were a lot of techniques and specialized knowledge every actor and actress had to learn before the filming had started. We asked how Mads Mikkelsend dealt with this preparation.
We had a lot of preparation, and from the very beginning with the stunt guys. We were taught some basic martial arts things and some moves that will go again and again in the film. And having fairly small people teaching us bigger people to do things on the floor like that, we felt like clowns. I think we did our best, and went after it. So it was a long preparation period.
“There’s a vision from the director. That vision becomes my vision. And That becomes my Dream Role at that second.”
~ Mads Mikkelsen on his favorite roles he’s offered to play.
All actors and actresses were the first pick for the DOCTOR STRANGE movie. Refer to my interview with Director Scott Derrickson about his way of choosing the acting talent and even writing the roles specifically for them. Wow!
Mads Mikkelsen was approached by Scott Derrickson in a funny way. Do know that usually the movie is held a strict secret. Only descriptive intonations, so to say, are allowed when hunting for a talent. Nobody knows exactly what they’re auditioning for!
It’s Marvel! [LAUGHS] He [Scott Derrickson] was pitching on the phone the story, and then I remember Scott said, “It’s a lot of, you know, a lot of Kung Fu stuff, flying, but don’t worry, we got stunt guys for that.”
I was like, “Wow, hold, hold on, what did you say?” “We’ve got stunt guys.” “No, no, rewind back, Kung Fu, I’m on.” [LAUGHS] So, it’s like Marvel and flying Kung Fu, I think that could be a yes. Yeah. I’ve always wanted to be Bruce Lee when I was a kid. [LAUGHS] And I had to wait until I was 51-years-old to be a slightly older version of him, just less good of course. But it was fun. It was something I’ve always wanted to do when I was a kid.
Later I told my agent to confirm my role: This is basically what I did as a kid when I was 14-years-old. All of this stuff I was running around doing what this character is doing. So, I think we should say “yes.” Yeah.
“The script is the bible. This is where the character is in there somewhere together with the director.”
~ Mads Mikkelsen on his character creation for the movie
The great majority of scenes had to be shot in front of the green screen. Every actor and actress dealt with this situation in their own way. Here’s how Mads Mikkelsen approached this unique of movie creation these days.
You’ve seen the film, you know that it’s upside-down mirrored. We tried to cope with all that. We might be hanging upside down on the ceiling, and so it’s like, “Wow, where’s Strange now? Is he on the left side or the right side? Am I hiding that way or that way?” And we constantly had to go and see the previous little videos they have of what we’re doing with animated characters and try to stand and go, “Okay, so he’s there, okay, so that means he’s up there.” So, it was very tricky to get that right.
They [the crew] knew what they were doing, obviously. But we [actors] also had to understand it. So, we just didn’t run around doing something, right? I think we spent quite a bit [LAUGHS] in front of that computer before we could actually shoot. But once we knew it, we could go for it.
Depending on the type of a role, Mads has his own ritual to get into the character.
It varies from the characters I’m playing, depending on what kind of energy they have, and what kind of scene they’re approaching. I will warm up. It’s not a specific ritual, but I will try to get into that energy by myself, somewhere in the corner. If it’s a different kind of scene where everybody’s having a good time, I might spend a lot of time with the actors before we do it. But I often walk around in a corner somewhere. [LAUGHS]
This amazing actor has so much to offer. To watch his character-villain Kaecilius is an out-of-this-world experience. Get ready this weekend to celebrate the opening of DOCTOR STRANGE in theaters everywhere!
Opens November 4, 2016
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