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Aug 09, 2013   2 Comments Articles/Interviews

The amazing funkiestdope translated the Arte documentary about Mads “My Life – Portrait of Mads Mikkelsen”. You can watch the videos here (in German).

Part 1

(interview 0:00)

Mads: I can see it in people’s eyes how excited they are, when they want an autograph. It’s very strange for me. I’m just Jenny from the block. (laughs) My life has changed – I didn’t. It’s still just my job and I’m just as nice and annoying as always. Nothing has changed.

(Casino Royale clip (orig. audio) – German subtitles)

(Over Mad’s face – My life: Mads Mikkelsen)

(Footage of Casino Royale Premiere 1:02)

M: I’m not an easy man to impress – from celebrities and such. But having said that, the scale of the premiere was ridiculous. There were like forty, fifty thousand people on the Lester Square. It did surprise me – I was like “This is fucking crazy”.

(Queen gets out of the car 1:48)

M: Then we had to meet the queen. And we were given two lists on what not do, how not to call her. We were taught on how to say “Madam” (it rhymed on lamb), and we weren’t allowed to call her Mom. We were given mints to put in our mouths before we greeted her, and the rules were: no questions, just quick easy answers. Everybody thought “This is funny”.

(Queen greeting the cast (Hanne is behind Mads, by the way) 2:14)

M: My wife had practised the curtsy all night long – and when the Queen came, she had to stand two metres behind me and wasn’t allowed to say a word. It was funny.

(2:22 Mads and Lars (brother) are in Norrebro, Copenhagen)

(German Subtitles)

Lars: There are a lot of kebab shops around here.

M: That’s just unreal. There is nothing else. Back there – down the street there’s a lot going on.

L: The small clock shop is still there.

[spoiler](interview 3:06)

M: My brother and I know this place like the back of our hands. Norrebro was a typical working class neighbourhood. The atmosphere is still noticeable, but apparantly it has changed into something else. You’ll see this in every city – Berlin, London. Everywhere neighbourhoods are changing – it’s always the romantic working class neighbourhoods that are being replaced by super-expensive upscale neighbourhoods.


M: Our area was from the lake down there 200 metres up to the cemetry – that was it. If you passed that you were a dead man.


M: I say we should go on and have a look at where we lived. Every shop you see here – these were all pubs once.

L: Pubs, pubs, pubs. Everybody drank back then. That time’s gone. Now they’re cafés. Caffè Latté. It’s good – that’s good.

M: And all these entrances were connected – you could climb over the fences in the back. It’s all open now, I think. We probably can see our courtyard.

(interview 4:17)

M: I don’t feel like a stranger, not at all. But neither do I see myself as the working class hero anymore – I’m kind of past that. That’s over. I don’t have to be that anymore, because my life has changed. I’m glad my children could see this – but I wouldn’t like living here with them anymore.

(4:45 – German subtitles)

L: You’re still here, how crazy!

Shop owner: Yeah, I’m still here. Nice to see you.

M: Hi!Is this the youngest? (to young kid in the back)

Shop owner: No, that’s the trainee. The construction work around here is annoying.

L+M: Yeah, that’s bad.

Shop owner: They’re building penthouses in the back.

L: If that’s the case, we should move back here. (laughs)

Shop owner: Very exclusive.

M: They did a lot to our backyard as well.

Shop owner: They took away the brick walls. You can look over there now. If you want to, you can come through here …

(interview 5:28)

M: It all starts out with the childhood, I guess. You think about what you did as a child and why you did it. That’s why I go back to my childhood. I don’t believe that people are born to do something or that you’re destined to go one way. Your childhood is the base for what you might experience later on in life.

M: Right here, I was standing every Sunday and I was screaming my friend’s name Paula (?), that she should come down and play. She lived up there. Paula and I were born on the same day. We played here constantly.

We lived up there, on the fourth floor, then the second floor, and we also lived back there, in the cheap house.

L: At first we were here, second floor.

M: And right here lived a really tall guy, who hanged himself.

L: Our friend Alan from the upper floor acted like he was Tarzan. I’m Tarzan! Then he jumped on the rope – and it just went POOM.


L: BOOM. To the ground.

M: Hurt his foot, went up and did it again.


L: There was a roof. And pipes. You could balance on the pipes and jump on the roof with tires on it, which fell to the ground when we jumped over them.

M: And the mothers sat here, watching the kids, and going fucking ballistic whenever they jumped around. It must have been a nightmare for them. (looks up) Hi, we were just taking a look around where we lived. I once broke your window.

Guy: Really funny.

M: Not with a ball, but with a slingshot.

M: I can show you something. Follow me. So, when you were hiding from the big guys – this is funny. (continues to climb up) And then you could hide down here.

L: Of course, we were much smaller back then.

M: Shit, my butt is too fat. And then you were gone and they couldn’t find you. Unless this happened. (door swings open) But the door was usually locked.

L: This sucked while playing hide-and-seek, because nobody could find you.

M: How did I get out of here? There was something here I could step on.

L: (laughs)

M: Watch it, I’m coming. Man – I was way smaller then. It was difficult to get out again. (jumps) And then we ran off. Phew – beautiful.

(slideshow at 8:45)

M: I was four and he was six when we moved here.

L: And with 18 we were gone again. That was about thirty years ago, right? Wow.

M: On our first day I walked to the man, who jumped off the roof (Tarzan). I came up to him the first day, remember?

L: The first day after our move? Yeah.

M: I was four.

L: We went down to play and Mads walked over to him and told him: “I’m the strongest guy where I come from.”

M: He was seven and I was four.

L: He just went BOOM.

M: He smacked my nose in. “Welcome to Norrebro.” We never became friends. That was the wrong line. I always thought I was taller than I really was. My whole life. Still do.

L: It was a nice neighbourhood.

M: Of course we didn’t smoke back then.

(at the dance studio 10:10)

M: That was really bad. It should have been four turns and balanced.

Woman: That was a long time ago.

M: (spins again) Yup, the balance is gone. (Woman points at his leg) Yeah, that was my good leg, wasn’t it?

Woman: Try modern, then it’ll work.

M: So, that’s, uh, at least two. Not bad for an old man. I’m sure I can do four again, with a little training.

Check out the three other parts on her blog.

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