Mads Mikkelsen hasn’t spoken to Johnny Depp since taking the Grindelwald role

Mads Mikkelsen at Rome Film Festival 2020

With all of the lockdowns this year, I finally got the chance to see some old TV shows that I always meant to watch, like the Hannibal series. I enjoyed the series for maybe one and a half seasons but by the end of it, I really just… disliked it. I disliked what they did to the characters and I hated the (bad) police work. One thing I consistently enjoyed: Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lector. The Danish actor chewed the scenery, had chemistry with everybody, and wore the f–k out of all of his costumes. He’s a big guy too, and that’s… hot. Anyway, Mads was recently approached about taking over the role of Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Johnny Depp was fired (or “allowed to quit”) from the films following his loss in court regarding the libel lawsuit he brought against The Sun. The British court said, definitively, that Depp is a wife-beater. Warner Bros then said, definitively, “we don’t work with known wife-beaters.” So now Mads is taking over and he was recently asked if he’s spoken to Depp about it.

Fantastic Beasts 3 star Mads Mikkelsen has said he wishes he had Johnny Depp’s number, after replacing the actor in the franchise. Depp resigned at the request of Warner Bros last month after losing a libel case against The Sun over a 2018 article that called him a “wife beater”. Depp was denied permission to appeal against the High Court’s ruling, which concluded that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor has always denied being violent towards Heard.

Mikkelsen, who has replaced Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, was recently asked whether he had been in contact with the actor.

“No, I don’t know him,” he told AP Entertainment. “I’ve met him once. I wish I had his phone number, but unfortunately that’s not the case. There’s nothing else I can do, to be honest. The only approach I can have is connect the bridge between what he did and what I’m gonna do and then we’ll see what lands.”

Discussing his casting in a previous interview, Mikkelsen had said: “Job wise, it’s obviously super interesting and nice. It’s also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad. I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances.”

[From The Independent]

“I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances.” Eh. I want to believe Mads was just making vague noises and not trying to make news. I wish he said “I don’t really want to talk to Depp and I wish Amber the best.” As much as it feels like the Hollywood power players – the people in the studios, directors, producers – are over Depp’s bulls–t, I think Depp’s fellow actors still give him the benefit of the doubt. And that sucks. I mean, I’m not going to “cancel” Mads for this – he’s not defending Depp, he’s just approaching it as an actor and trying not to piss people off. Too late!

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    I think he was trying to be neutral but I stan him so hard – I can’t wait to see what he does with the role, it will def be next level. He pretty much chews the scenery with every role.

    His brother is also an amazing character actor – that family has all the talent.

    • Myra says:

      I think so, too. I think under the circumstances what he said was ok.

      I’m probably the only person in the world that hasn’t read or watched anything by JK Rowling and wasn’t planning on starting, but for Mads I don’t know… I’m tempted because I really like him as an actor.

    • Coco says:

      Some of his European film work isn’t hammy at all.

  2. Seraphina says:

    I’m just here to say, he was awesome in Dr. Strange!

  3. Tiff says:

    He just single handedly made me care about this franchise again because I was completely over it. They should have kept Colin Farrell in the first place! I can imagine Jude Law falling in love with him and risking it all but not with Depp. But for Mads, I definitely believe it! I’m imagining the smoldering stares he and Jude Law will give to each other and IM HERE FOR IT!! Give us a love scene you cowards!!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Hahaha – yeah he and Jude Law will tear up the screen with their talent and chemistry.

      • SM says:

        Oh yeah. Sudenlly this franchise is something I can get excited about. I love Mads, if any of you never watched any of his Danish films, I highly recommend them, they require a talent that matches to his capabilities well and this is where he reveals himself best. There is nothing, NOTHING scarfy drunk pirate can teach Mads.

    • Christine says:

      Oh, God. This is all I am going to think about until the movie is released. I have never remotely wanted a explicit love scene, in any Harry Potter incarnation, but now I need one.

  4. rawiya says:

    But…why would he contact him? I doubt Viggo M contacted Stuart WhatsHisLastName when he replaced him in Lord of the Rings.

    • TrixC says:

      That’s a bit different to be fair, the other actor was cast in LOTR but never actually played the role. It would be more like the actors who took over from each other in The Crown – I wouldn’t be surprised if Olivia Coleman spoke to Claire Foy. Although I think it would be an awkward conversation given that Depp was fired from the role, if I was Madds I don’t think I’d want to.

  5. Nic919 says:

    I have seen a lot of his films including the recent one Another Round. I did not know that he was in the Rihanna video “bitch better get my money” and played the bitch until yesterday and this just adds to his cool factor.

    He doesn’t care about Depp in any way and that’s great to see. He is a far better actor in any case and this actually improves the chances of me watching it.

  6. Chaine says:

    I don’t see any reason why he should contact Depp, any more than anyone at a normal job would call the person that was fired from the position before them. Especially given he doesn’t even personally know the guy.

  7. Leducduswaz says:

    A very generically polite statement. That’s how adults handle issues. “I don’t really want to talk to Depp and I wish Amber the best” is probably more cathartic, but it’s also childish and just causes unnecessary drama. I wish a few more people were like this in Hollywood, and a few million more on social media.

  8. Alison says:

    Oooh I love him and he will kill it!

  9. Nicole says:

    Ok, see, I’m not the only one who thought the last season of hannibal was bad. It turned into a weird caricature of itself. But Mads was still amazing!!!!! I will be watching this new movie and I barely know the plot. The franchise should have just started with him. I think what what he said was fine.

  10. Christine says:

    I don’t think we should shame him for trying to remain neutral. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t type of situation. But he shouldn’t have to remark on or answer for any of the things Deep did, and I think it’s inappropriate to expect him to.

  11. CuriousCole says:

    More Mads please!!!

  12. Sue says:

    I think he handled it quite well. It’s a difficult situation and the mess isn’t his fault.

  13. Jules says:

    I mean, Mads said in an interview that metoo went too far and that no one could say anything anymore without being “a dead person”, so this is no surprise.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/25/mads-mikkelsen-one-word-wrong-and-youre-a-dead-person

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Matt Damon is fine. So are others in the public who are worse than him. He briefly got criticism for irresponsible comments about implying that only the really bad guys should be held accountable.

  14. TaniaOG says:

    I’d like to know what dumb person picked Johnny Depp over Mads to begin with. The role should have been his right from the start. Mads is better than Johnny, any day!

  15. Caty Page says:

    The series was originally such a middle finger to toxic masculinity. Then Rowling and Depp had to go and be so problematic that the series wasn’t worth it anymore. Glad we can all get back to buying tickets! I need to escape the muggle world for a bit.

  16. Sara says:

    I really think it was ok given the context

  17. Roo says:

    He’s a babe. My actor crush for years. My husband will even put movies on with him in it and be like “look babe it’s Mads!!”

    Sigh.