Mads Mikkelsen revealed why he plays villain roles

"I’ve been lucky enough to do different villains in different universes"

by Sead Dedovic
Mads Mikkelsen revealed why he plays villain roles
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Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is widely known for often taking on the role of the main bad guy in movies and TV shows. You might remember him as the chillingly perfect Hannibal Lecter in the series "Hannibal" that aired from 2013 to 2015.

Besides that, he's been in big films like "Casino Royale," "Doctor Strange," "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," and is set to appear in the upcoming "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." But when it comes to Danish films and shows, Mikkelsen doesn't always play the villain.

He's shown his range by starring in romantic comedies too. During the latest Indiana Jones movie promotions, Mikkelsen hinted that being the bad guy is something Hollywood admires.

Mads Mikkelsen explains his roles

Recently, at the Marrakech International Film Festival, he joked about why he's often cast as the villain.

According to him, it might just be his Danish accent that's caught Hollywood's fancy this time around, following a history of favoring German, British, and Russian accents for villainous roles. “Then if the Americans see something they like, they have a tendency to try and copy it, right.

But I’ve been lucky enough to do different villains in different universes. There’s a big difference between Marvel and James Bond… but I never think about it too much. In Denmark, we don’t divide it into bad guys and good guys, we tend look at more complex characters.

”- he said. The young actress asked Mikkelsen for advice on how to act in another language. Mikkelsen had an interesting answer for her; “I’ve done quite a few films in different languages, none of them I speak or at least not fluently,” he said.

“The trick the first time I did anything in English was to rehearse it and rehearse it and then, once you shoot the scene that’s it, it’s over. Don’t think about it anymore. If there are mistakes, if people out there are going, ‘Oh my God, what an accent’. So be it. That’s all I could do.