Mads Mikkelsen loves Hannibal: ‘He’s a happy duckling & life is beautiful’

Mads Mikkelsen

Here are some photos of Mads Mikkelsen last week at the Canal Plus event in Paris. He’s looking a little windblown and blustery like he’s been a naughty boy by staying outside without sunscreen. Mads is currently making some media rounds to promote the DVD release of “Hannibal,” Season One. That’s as good an excuse as any to talk about the man and to toss in some glossy promotional stills.

Mads has already talked quite a bit about how he feels that Hannibal is (strangely enough) one of the more positive roles he’s ever played. Now he’s explaining why in interviews with the Independent and Digital Spy. He also talks quite a bit about Hannibal’s special bond with Hugh Dancy’s character, the FBI’s “prize specialist” named Will; and it sounds like Mads has a bit of a mancrush on Hugh as well. Here are some excerpts:

Mads Mikkelsen

On a different Hannibal (than that of Sir Anthony Hopkins): “When I got the first script I couldn’t tell what direction it was going in, so I was reluctant. He did it to perfection, so how should we approach it? But I realised this was taking place before he’s captured. Normally when you’re dealing with psychopaths, there’s a reason they are how they are, and in Hannibal’s case it’s non-existent. He kills because he finds people banal. I call him the fallen angel: he finds beauty in things the rest of us find horrible.”

On Hannibal’s relationship with Will (Hugh Dancy): “I think it is in the nature of Hannibal to be quite a genuine man. I don’t think we can catch him in any lie – there might’ve been one, but maybe he’s turned and twisted the words around, so he doesn’t have to find himself lying – he doesn’t like lying. So he’s quite genuine with his emotions and he’s quite genuine with his empathy, but he’s also very much in control – he decides when [those feelings] happen. It’s a bromance – I am attracted to Will, in the sense that I see a young man with great potential… maybe greater potential than I had when I was a kid. So therefore I’m fascinated with him and I really have true feelings for him.”

Hannibal as a tragic figure: “Well, I do believe to a certain degree that he’s a quite lonely character… but at the same time, he’s also a very social man. So I don’t find him [to be] the lone psychopath who’s out there for reasons that happened in his childhood – that is way too banal for Hannibal and also for the character itself. He’s doing it because he finds it beautiful, not for other reasons. That is obviously what’s so scary about him, and also sad.”

On playing an accused sexual predator in The Hunt: “I try not to carry any character back home because that would be extremely frustrating for my family. It stays with you, of course, if for 14 hours a day you’re being accused of something you haven’t done and you can’t get your frustration out anywhere. Whereas with a character like Hannibal, he’s probably the happiest man I’ve ever played, even though he’s doing horrendous things. He’s a happy duckling and life is beautiful.”

On staying in Copenhagen: “There’s been no real reason to move to LA. The stuff I’ve done for America has been done in Europe anyway. We made a decision early on that we’d find our base and not shake the children’s world as much as mine.”

On Denmark’s paparazzi culture: “It’s nothing like you guys have [in the UK], but it does exist, and there are some quite spectacular shots of me buying a piece of furniture or cigarettes. It’s super annoying every time, especially if you’re caught with your family. My kids are at the age where they want to stand on their own feet and if they have a new job somewhere and nobody knows who they are, they like that, and all of a sudden they pop up in a magazine out shopping with dad and then they have to start all over again. They want to be themselves and not be looked upon as the daughter or son of me.”

[From Independent]

Mads also sat down recently for a little chat with HuffPo. He admits that one big draw to signing onto this show in the first place was indeed Hugh Dancy. He seems quite taken with Hugh, and I think that translates nicely into the characters that they play. I watched the entire first season during my Amazon Prime trial last month even though I was skeptical of watching anything involving cannibalism (I’m a vegetarian, yo), but it really wasn’t that disgusting. Plus, the male eye candy was well worth any gross details.

Just for fun, here’s some promotional stills for the first season — because Mads has been looking awfully sunburned lately, and I prefer him all pretty after hair and makeup.

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and StudioCanal

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  1. Allons-y Alonso says:

    God, I love me some Mads Mikkelsen!

  2. Nya says:

    It’s always weird when actors try to make it seem like their monstrous characters are in face just happy people. Like if Bryan Cranston went around talking about how Walter White is just misunderstood I’d side eye him for weeks (has he done that?).

  3. Isabel says:

    I have to admit I find this man so attractive in a creepy way.. I have the same with Crispin Clover..

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love both Mads Mikkelsen and the character of Hannibal. The show is kind of draggy sometimes, but Mads (and Gillian Anderson’s character Bedelia) make watching worthwhile.

    He’s a really great actor (seen many of his other movies) and one of my favorites.

  5. Leigh_S says:

    I think he has summed up Hannibal Lecter beautifully.

    There’s a quote from the book Hannibal, “He preferred to eat the rude” To Hannibal Lecter, the rude are animals and therefore fit to be eaten.

    A monster, but an elegant and civilized monster.

  6. eggnog says:

    Love this actor. I’d never heard of him before Casino Royale. All my friends were like, “Ooooh, Daniel Craig!” and I was like, “Oh man, that villain that cried blood? Le Chiffre, sooo hot!”

    He’s best known in the U.S. for his roles in Casino Royale and now in “Hannibal”. He plays both these evil characters with a subtle hint of humor. I find all his roles (that I’ve seen him in, anyway) to be somewhat disturbing; either he’s doing something out of the ordinary or something weird/traumatic is happening to him.

    I like him because he’s a good actor but he doesn’t overact or take celebrity too seriously. I’m glad he’s getting more exposure in Hollywood.

  7. Eleonor says:

    This man can work the hell out of a suit.

  8. Charlotte says:

    He looks so much better as Hannibal

  9. KirstyM says:

    I love him. I also had a crazy crush on his brother who was in the Danish Killing (Lars Mikkelsen).

  10. Side-Eye says:

    Gah I really missed out on this show. I’m thinking of getting The Hunt on DVD, but I’m scared it’s going to hurt too much-Mads is one of my favorite actors though so I need to keep up with him.

  11. Maddie says:

    I find him quite beautiful.

  12. L says:

    Huge fan of Mads Mikkelsen. Love him in A Royal Affair and The Hunt. Both great movies.

  13. Aud says:

    I think he is a better Hannibal than Hopkins. Creepy yet subtle. Hopkins was over the top.

    • NeoCleo says:

      Agree with you. I’ve always read Lecter’s character as subtle and charming, therefore extra creepy for the onlookers who know who this man is as opposed to his prey.

  14. stephanie says:

    I love Mads and the show, you should write about Hugh Dancy too,

    • IceBlue says:

      I agree. Hugh Dancy was pretty awesome too. Both Mads and Hugh killed it in the acting department on this show.

  15. Lauren says:

    That man is disgustingly sexy.

  16. moot says:

    Remember (or possibly not—I’m probably the only person who liked the movie) Mads and Hugh did King Arthur together, so they’ve had a working history. I love that they get to work together again. One of the best parts of King Arthur was the camaraderie and bromance between the “knights.” Think I’ll go and watch that again tonight…

    • jen d. says:

      I enjoyed that movie too! It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure… I honestly just fast forward through Keira Knightly’s scenes and go straight to Mikkelsen’s.

  17. Ruth Dunbar says:

    Thank you for this. It was a crap day but now Mads! I love this man so much. I might need a shower if I think about it any more.

  18. princesslizabeth says:

    Loooooooooove him and the show. Can’t get enough Mads.

  19. MegG says:

    I must get around to watching this show. It is always on very late, I hope it hasn’t been canceled.

  20. Lauraq says:

    Read the books. Hannibal had a reason for being what he was-WWII and his sister.