Mads Mikkelsen tried to be a professional dancer to pick up ‘hot chicks’

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen is such an eccentric little duck, and it’s hard to get a grasp on his everchanging physicality. He can look super beautiful or really rough. I think it all has to do with whether he’s showered and moisturized. He is a gorgeous man and oh-so-seductive (in varying ways) in his different roles.

Mads got a feature in the August issue of Flaunt. Somehow he looks polished and grungy at the same time. I approve. The photoshoot is really hazy and weird, and there’s one shot where he’s looming against some power lines just like Godzilla. The journo is a major Mads fanboy. He and Mads went out for beers, chicken tacos, and odd conversation:

On being voted Sexiest Man Alive in Denmark: “In little Denmark, yes. Everybody who’s on television becomes the Sexiest Man Alive eventually. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing the weather report. I did prefer to be the Sexiest Man Alive than the Ugliest Man Alive.”

He was a dancer before acting: “Well, I was a dancer out of coincidence, a little like I became an actor out of coincidence. I was a gymnast as a kid, and there was a choreographer who went out and saw us and asked if we wanted to be part of this musical–they needed somebody in the background to do jumps and flips and sh-t. And then she asked me later on if I wanted to learn the craft of dancing. So, I did the math: there were a lot of really hot chicks, and not a lot of boys around. I stayed with that for a while, eight or nine years.”

What he learned from dancing: “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.”

Is he a perfectionist? “I do insist on getting some answers if I have some questions. Most people find that nice to work with, but–“‘ he laughs to himself, “–but I can be very insisting, like, this is not f—ing working and let’s try something else, you know?”

Does he like whiskey? “No. Stuff tastes like f—ing deodorant!”

Obligatory Hannibal discussion: “It’s a decision when he blinks, when he becomes human. He has no master plan. It’s a decision in the situation that this is the side he wants to show, a benefit from doing this as opposed to doing that. I mean, it’s always a challenge to play any character, but I think there’s a beautiful simplicity in it. I think he can be as honest as you or I, but in some situations he’ll react completely different from anybody else. He decides when to show what. And that’s his whole circus. His interest lies with Will Graham. He finds him interesting, he’s intrigued. His mission is to become close to him and become friends. And hopefully, one day, show him the light. That would be beautiful.”

[From Flaunt]

The idea of Mads as a dancer makes perfect sense. He’s very graceful both in motion and in pictures. Every slight motion he makes seems pre-planned like he’s marking time in his head. He also seems very humble about his sex-symbol status in Denmark. Has he achieved the same in the US? He’s on the rise. Slowly but surely, and with more delicious pictures like these to come.

P.S. How does Mads know what deodorant tastes like?

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen

Photos courtesy of Flaunt

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  1. in_theory says:

    Ah, that lovely bone structure…! In the picture where he’s in profile with his hair combed back he reminds me weirdly of Dennis Hopper.

  2. allons-y alonso says:

    Beautiful Danish man!

  3. Sixer says:

    Excuse me, Mads? Mads? MADS!

    I. Am. A. Hot. Chick.

    Seriously; I am. Like, Scoville scale hot. Honest.

  4. Badirene says:

    He could be my father in laws twin brother. Must not have naughty thoughts! On the plus side the hubby is aging just like his dad, yay!

  5. Eleonoy says:

    that man is the definition of HOT.
    God Bless Denmark!

  6. Isadora says:

    Great photo set! I really dig the black & white.

    I already found him hot in Casino Royale, but a dancer… mmm… they have the best bodies, all lean graceful muscles.

  7. Cora says:

    I’ve seen photos of Mads from some of his dance performances and they’re beautiful. If you’re into him, I highly recommend googling “mads mikkelsen dancing.” *sigh*

  8. Sandy123 says:

    I love him despite that terrible show though!

  9. maybeiamcrazy says:

    As if he needs to dance to pick up hot chicks.

  10. Kattttt says:

    Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod. That’s all I’ve got. I love him. OHMYGOD.

  11. Lilacflowers says:

    Mads, your dance skills are needed here. Right now.

  12. Ruth Dunbar says:


    I love this man.

  13. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I feel so alone. He does nothing for me.

  14. Wendy M says:

    This made my day. There needs to be more articles on this man. Absolute perfection.

  15. pixie-stix says:

    Rough-hewn handsome and a little cheeky, love that. He was great in After the Wedding and A Royal Affair.

    • Bella bella says:

      Both movies… so great!!! By the way, LOVE Susanne Bier — she did a lot to making him internationally known.

  16. Lis says:


  17. Faye says:

    Love him. I think he has this charisma and magnetism that he can turn on or off depending on the role and/or the pose – that’s why sometimes he looks hot and sometimes he doesn’t. I’d love to see him in more American movies (not that I don’t enjoy his own).

  18. Blannie says:

    If you want to watch Mads in his native Denmark, watch Unit One on MHz. It’s a great detective show (with subtitles). Mads plays Fischer, one of the detectives.

  19. Tania says:

    Delish! More Mads please!

  20. Meggie says:

    I vote we get a hot Dane of the week day. Please?

    I’m begging here

    • kri says:

      Great Dane! Oh that face,that stillness, that menace! He’s a lion, a tiger, and a bear all rolled into one body. He is killing me in these pics. This is another that would melt a bedroom, I guarantee it.

  21. Lucretia says:

    I fell for Mads in the 2004 (bloody and slightly awful, alternative-history version of ) “King Arthur.” It’s a smorgasbord of hotties as Arthur and the knights — Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads, Hugh Dancy, Joel Edgerton. Hot, hot, hot.

    • Isadora says:

      Oh… yes! I’ve totally forgotten that he was in that one! Til Schweiger was in it too, also not too bad.

      • Lucretia says:

        Yes, but Stellan Skarsgard as his father . . . Dad was way hotter. That commanding gravely voice. (Ugh, compared to his ridiculous Marvel character.)

        My sons would want to watch that movie, and I’d be like . . . Oh, OK. If we must expose you to such violence, at least there’s Roman and English history to discuss. (Translation: awesome! two hours of Mads and Co.!) Poor parenting, I’m sure.

      • jammypants says:

        I find Stellan hot too, old and craggy looking though he may be now.

    • Gretchen says:

      YES. He was the one redeeming feature of that not so great film. Plus he was made exponentially hotter with cheek tattoos and a hawk…just me?

      • Lucretia says:

        His interaction with the BFF hawk was excellent. The hawk was better than Keira K.

    • manta says:

      Oh yes, the tattoo, the eagle. Tristan all the way!

  22. Chris says:

    Pusher 2 is the best thing I’ve seen him in. Closely followed by The Hunt.

  23. videli says:

    Oh, good morning Mads!
    I saw him first in that movie about the Danish resistance (Flame and Citron?), and I thought he was the creepiest looking actor ever. I’ve never made such an 180 change in appreciating somebody’s looks. Now I think he’s distractingly hot, and a very good actor, esp. in the Pusher trilogy.

  24. jammypants says:


  25. Felice says:

    I saw gifs of him dancing, he’s still got it too 🙂 I like his look. He looks like a retired male model.

  26. Sandy123 says:

    Dirty and scruffy Mads at his best. Sooooo yes.

  27. Boromir's Bytch says:

    He makes me squirm with that stare. I’ve been watching him in the Unit One reruns lately, those Danish police dramas are really good.

  28. Isadora says:

    ” So, I did the math: there were a lot of really hot chicks, and not a lot of boys around.”

    Considering that he started dating his choreographer wife back in 1987 when he was in the midst of dancing – yes, I guess he really did like the hot chicks. 😉 Or at least one special hot chick. I just googled her for the first time and she is now 52 and very beautiful and elegant. What a couple!

    • Eleonor says:

      I would totally homewreck his marriage, without any shame.
      That’s one lucky lady.

  29. frankly says:

    That interviewer is the worst! Those are good pull quotes, but the article as a whole is so self-indulgent on the part of the writer. Smug, conceited, gross. Read the whole thing for a laugh.

  30. Ice Queen says:


    I love him, he’s my biggest crush! Soooo sexy!!

  31. joan says:

    He and Angelina Jolie need to do a film together. Smoky hot.

  32. Yelp says:

    OMG those pictures are amazing… I just cant. Too perfect. omnwldqnwwenfk…….

  33. Illyra says:

    He’s magnificent to look at. I watched all of Hannibal on Netflix and couldn’t take my eyes off him. It didn’t matter who else was in the shot.

  34. Olenna says:

    OH. My. GOODNESS. He’s gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  35. Swordspoint says:

    “How does Mads know what deodorant tastes like?”

    Probably by kissing/licking someone’s armpit.

  36. Lil' Sausage says:

    He can wear a suit like it’s no one’s business. Mmmm.

  37. Dommy Dearest says: