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Digital Spy published a new interview with Mads in which he talks Doctor Strange, Rogue One, Men and Chicken and Hannibal:

Men and Chicken is a very strange film…
It’s as strange as Anders Thomas Jensen’s previous films and maybe a little more than that.

How did you feel when you first read the script?
I felt happy and ready to go again. I mean, I’ve done three previous films with in the same kind of mad universe which is extremely poetic – extremely beautiful stories about life and death and religion versus science, in our case, and your place in the world. He’s dealing with some of the big topics and he wraps it in madness, which I think is a beautiful way to get a story out.

How did it compare with working on Doctor Strange?
They’re hard to compare. This is a small group of friends who are making a small-budget film – well, actually it’s not that small a budget, but compared to the American films it’s obviously nothing. We are a tight little group, we will discuss it in the evening, talk about what we’ve done, what we’re facing tomorrow, are we on the right track.

That is not the same way we work in America of course, the director has a billion things to see to, but we try to make it the same, try to sit down, discuss the scenes before we shoot them, we try to make it a smaller room than it is in reality and make the scenes be like any other scene – forget about the big spaceships, forget about the 500 people walking around you, try to make it intimate.

Will you get to bring any of the black humour from Men and Chicken to Doctor Strange?
You can’t bring it yourself, if it’s in the script you have to sort of lean into the script that’s already there. There is some. My character is not necessarily carrying too much of it but Doctor Strange is. there’s a certain darkness in the Doc and a sense of humour in there, absolutely.

Have you been involved in the reshoots on Rogue One?
Yes I have, and they will be done soon I guess, so yes in a few days.

Did that mess up your schedule at all, since you presumably weren’t expecting them?
No, it’s kind of normal. In all the big-production films I’ve done so far, they have always called me back for little reshoots, it might be something that they want to change, the way we did it was wrong, or it might be something that they wanted to add so it’s kind of a normal process on big films, they’re covering all their bases.

Digital Spy did a poll to find the best TV drama of the 21 century – Hannibal won…
That makes me very happy! We were all very pleased with what we did, we are all very proud of it, we thought it was something that was radical and interesting. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the fourth season, so I’m very pleased to hear it’s been voted up there.

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