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Für Sie – Mads Mikkelsen Interview

Source: Für Sie, translated by Elisabeth.
Date: September 2, 2013

The word “cool” has been probably invented just for him. At least since he cried blood instead of tears as Bond-villain in “Casino Royale”, Mads Mikkelsen is Denmark’s most successful film export and is considered as “Sexiest man of the world”. However, the 47 year old would never exchange Copenhagen against Hollywood. To us he comes all classic – as one of the heroes of the German literature.

You make Kleist’s “Michael Kohlhaas” to a new character head, sunburnt, sexy and rebellious. What did attract you to Michael Kohlhaas?
His aspiration for justice – which I totally identified with. But I wouldn’t go as far as he did. He is still cherishing on his idea, when his whole world and his family threatens to break.

Which values are important for you?
My pride. I would never knock at anybody’s door or beg, even if I would love to get a role.

For this role, director Arnaud des Pallières wanted a guy like Clint Eastwood, only 30 years younger. Nice compliment!
Ok, this character has something stoic and stand as solid as a rock. Nevertheless I show more emotion as Clint Eastwood did in his western. So Arnaud did get only a half Eastwood.

But you had to be sun-tanned and firmly in the saddle …
Sure. The relationship with nature represents Kohlhaas’ life. The wind in the French Camargue has made our life difficult during the filming and I had to become accustomed to the horses. I was there six weeks before, not for learning how to ride, but to develop a sense for the animals. I even helped to give birth to a foal.

You like jeans, leather jacket, cigarettes, ride a motorcycle – are you more testosterone burdened than the Marlboro man?
Maybe – but then with a big dash of a father! Yes, I like a cold beer and sports. I am certainly not the romantic guy. Rather a though softie. Just an own mix.

What do you say of the title “Sexiest Man of the World”?
Only one magazine wrote that once, more than 10 years ago. To be honest, I first thought it was pretty unpleasant. I wanted that you like my work, not my appearance. Today, I like to take it as a small accessory compliment.

And your wife? Did she find the title amusing or presumptuous?
Hanne is totally unimpressed by it. But if she is mad at me once, I search out this magazine and say: “Look, here it is printed black in white: I am the “Sexiest Man in the World”. So be happy again.

You have been married for a long time …
We have been together for almost 25 years. I have found the right one pretty early in my life, by 22. Sometimes it is very easy: I lover her, she loves me. I was extremely lucky.

Do your kids Viola and Carl, age 18 (20) and 14 (16), also take interest in your profession?
That I played the villain in the Bond movie “Casino Royale”, they found that great. My son was at least quite proud of me.

Just now you could be seen in “The Hunt”, then as Hannibal Lecter and you have 3 further projects in the pipeline. Are you a workaholic?
No! I could always take a break of five years or so. Somehow came a nice project after another, so you can badly withdraw. (laughs)

How is it that you never moved longer to Hollywood?
Most of the Hollywood movies are filmed in Europe. I had no desire to settle down in Los Angeles with my family because of the so-called career. My roots are in Europe and the offers reach me from everywhere. When a director knows who I am but does not call me, it has its reason. And when he calls me as well.