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“I’m an Adidas guy who walks around in sports gear all the time because there’s always a ball right next to me somewhere. I do a lot of sports but I do enjoy wearing a lot of suits. I have quite a few suits that I really enjoy wearing but, unlike Hannibal, I like wearing them only at special occasions.”

“A double feature of Halloween and Deep Throat. I was about 13½ when I went to see that with my friends. A good experience — horror and porn. I sat back in the chair like, “What is this?””

“I’d rather be voted ‘the sexiest man in Denmark’ than ‘the ugliest man in Denmark’.” – On the fact that he is voted “the sexiest man in Denmark” over and over.

“But I don’t want to be the stupid blond. I want to be an actor. And a lot of people can’t see through that shit. Even critics, you know? They used to make out I was only in the film as eye candy. That annoyed me.”

“I guess they have to label someone the sexiest person in the world, and it is always someone who is on telly even if it’s the weatherman. For a couple of years it was me and then it was someone else. It’s nicer being the sexiest man than the most ugly man. I live with it, and I don’t mind it, but I don’t go around with a big smile on my face everyday.”

“I’m a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch but I don’t get it. It smells like a girl who didn’t shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on.”

“It is like something Steve McQueen would ride. I love the freedom and it doesn’t go quite as fast as a modern bike, which pleases my wife.” On his 1937 Danish Nimbus motorcycle

“I take my work enormously seriously. When I do something it has to feel right. Everything has to be right. I’m not ambitious about my career, but I am ambitious with each job. I can be fairly annoying to work with. No compromises. Let’s put it this way: compromises are from hell.”

“I ask a million questions, and I insist on having answers. I think that is what we have to do. I have to know what the director wants. Some are very much in their head, and I need to force it out of them. I just can’t play around for eight hours and see if something happens.”

“I never see that myself, but I hear it once in a while. Hopefully, people figure out that I’m doing it all for the film. People will sometimes say, ‘Oh man, in the beginning I thought you were going to kill me. But it turned out to be cool.” – On being intimidating

“He loves fine art. He is a three-piece- suit man. He loves classical music. He hates everything that is banal. And he loves the beauty of everything that’s refined. He’s trying to make friends with people, so I can’t play that one card of being evil. It has to be hidden.” – On Hannibal

“I am ashamed to say I knew quite a lot about that before, because I find it fascinating. I also have a tendency towards biographies of Stalin, Hitler, Genghis Khan, people like that.” – About Serial Killers

“Hannibal is very difficult to describe because he’s not the classic psychopath. He’s not doing it for the reasons that other serial killers do. It’s not the childhood, it’s not the mother who was a junkie. That’s way too banal for him. It’s something else. He thinks the threshold between life and death is extremely beautiful. I think the closest thing we can compare him with is Satan, the fallen angel who sees beauty when the rest of us see evil. It’s the same when he’s poking at Will and playing with Will; he can’t help it. It’s not necessarily that he has a master plan, but it’s because he can do it. And he likes to see Will in that fragile area.”

“He’s very special. He’s an invention. The closest thing I could find to that was the fallen angel. The fallen angel believes in the beauty of the darkness. That is so incomprehensible to us, we can’t understand it, and so we’re attracted to it. So I wasn’t reading textbooks about mental disease, I was imagining how it was to be Satan.”

“He’s actually one of the more positive characters I’ve ever played. e’s not haunted by anything. He loves everything that’s beautiful about life—food, wine, fine art.”

“There’s a lot of solving cases and I do eat stuff occasionally. A man’s gotta eat.”

“Hannibal Lecter has his own morals. And he is extremely in tune with them. He is a master of empathy, but he’s turned that into a weapon. So he is very interesting on many levels, because if you violate his moral code, he eats you.”

“Yeah, I do all the stuff I can. Let’s be frank, if you are in an action film, you are not in it for the characters, you are in it for the action – the stunts. If they take that away from you, it’s a sad story. Ha ha! I have damaged everything: knees, elbows, ribs. But I’m an old gymnast. I know how to survive.” – About doing his own stunts.

“I don’t actually follow a fitness routine; it depends on what I am doing. I have an extremely high metabolism. I can never gain weight for a movie. Skinny I can do, overweight is impossible for me. When I have time off, like now, I bike for three hours through the week, play tennis etc, things I enjoy. I am not one of those people who workout in a gym. I want to love what I do.”

“Because my metabolism is so high I have never worried about my diet. I have been able to eat hamburgers and fries when I was younger but now I try and eat healthier not to keep weight off, but for healthier living.”

“I vaguely remember that. I know how much it means to other people. I see it on my kid Carl’s face — if a soccer player shakes his hand, it makes his day. If fans make an effort to stand by a door or write you a letter, I think you have to have the courtesy to answer. Obviously I’m not Brad Pitt; if the pile is two million letters per day you can’t do it.” – On calling a fan.

“I’m not so good at computers and stuff, but I do believe we have a group of fans of Hannibal that call themselves “fannibals,” about 700,000 people. With TV, if you get hooked on it, it seems to become a lifestyle. It’s a world I had no idea existed. I think it’s fascinating, and we have to be grateful because these are the people who watch our show.”

“He strikes me with everything, in the sense of his past that’s haunting him more or a future that might be haunting him. He’s trying to live in the present moment and he’s doing a very good job of creation. He is seizing the moment, he is enjoying every single second of the day. And for that reason, whatever happens, he always begins with something positive, and so he is a very happy fallen angel.” – About Hannibal

“He is such an annoying guy! He knows everything about the human nature, the fruits, anything about the food, any kind of music, instruments from the last millennium… He’s really annoying in that sense. He’s also a psychiatrist who doesn’t necessarily want to hear his clients talk, which is rare. He likes to talk himself.” – About Hannibal

“The truth is that in American cinema occurs a big contrast: for a country that accumulates demographically the most accents in the world, Hollywood insists refusing to accept diversity and categorizes European actors in frosty roles, in villain roles. They often give me instructions to play “coldly” -that’s what they have bought from me. I do not mind. This cliché helped me get the role of Hannibal Lecter. It worked in my favor. At the same time, I know very well how to reverse the stereotypes. Besides, a cold appearance allows you to do big twists and explosions.”

“I’m terrified about psychic people who have their little shops. I always walk across the street and go somewhere else. Imagine if one of them came out with their face all pale and said: ‘Hurry up and enjoy yourself.’ No one wants to know that.”

“I find myself spending a lot of time at the shooting location, waiting for my next scene. I do think I’m a team player. Maybe I’m not super social, but I quickly find people to whom I can talk to and feel attached.”

“If I had my way, I would love to work with nunchucks. I did it in a film called Pusher 2 a little bit, but the guy is an idiot, so he can’t handle them. I can! I’m really good at it! But this guy was an idiot, so I had to play really bad. So one day a nunchuck would be cool for me. I must admit I loved my Mongolian sword I had on my back when I did King Arthur. It was cool and I could handle that one!”

“I think in general every actor is looking for that little space of getting lost. We always look to be in control of what we’re doing and at the same time letting go and getting lost in whatever situation it is. And when we do that we feel free and we feel like the character is on its move and we’re standing right behind, guiding it. There are a couple of times when I’ve lost track and I was like, “What the fuck happened in that scene?” but it wasn’t bad; it was something new I had to get used to.”

“I’m not interested in the crazy limits. If I was, I would just climb Mt. Everest. I do like when people have a vision and I can feel that’s something they want, that they’re burning for. But let’s be boring if that’s the good version of the film; I don’t mind doing that. If there’s no inspiration and they say, ‘It’s going to be fun and we’ll make some money,’ I’ll go: ‘See you later!’ It’s nice making money, but not if there’s nothing else.”

“I’m not super conscious about it, but obviously I have an awareness of myself physically. Any character has a kind of energy—he’s either fast or slow, or he’s light—and I think, subconsciously, I’m using some of that stuff without really putting a finger on it. One thing I have learned that is a virtue among dancers is discipline”

“I only talk to the press when I have a new movie out. I thought by doing so, that I could control it. But that is not enough for the media. So they just make up their own stories, which are entirely false. It’s ridiculous to see a fuzzy picture of yourself on the cover of SE og HØR with the title : “He’s cheating”. The only reason it happens is because I don’t want to talk with them.”

“I’m not the kind of actor who runs around and insists on being called Stravinsky by everybody, and my family has to call me Igor. I’m not that kind of actor. I think that’s pretentious. But obviously, if you are in a character for 11 or 12 hours, and we’re doing a scene like the scene we did in the church (the hunt), where I was breaking down for 12 hours and confronting my friends for 12 hours, it’s exhausting. So, you don’t go jumping around, right after, because you’re exhausted and there is a depression inside of you that you have to shake off, somehow. But I’m not like, “Oh, it’s such a tormenting job, and I have to be alone for five days.” I try to get rid of it, as fast as I can. You also have to remember that, if you nail a scene like that one, and I think we did nail it, it gives you a certain amount of energy, as well. You become happy that you nailed it, no matter how sad the scene is. I think that helps you. It’s much worse to make a cheerful scene that doesn’t work. That will haunt me for a month.”

“Depending on who’s going to remember me. Hopefully my family is going to remember me as somebody who loved them tremendously.”