Mads Mikkelsen EXCEEDS at playing villains. There is just something about hm that can bring every nuance to a villain and also make you feel sorry for them too. He does this in Doctor Strange as well playing Kaecilius:
Like many students at Kamar-Taj, Kaecilius arrived at the mystical compound seeking the secrets of The Multiverse. He turned his back on The Ancient On and her teachings when he believed certain knowledge was being kept from him. It’s within these forbidden powers Kaecilius sees the answer to all mankind’s suffering—the ability to alleviate the pains of the human condition. Kaecilius, joined by his Zealot followers, will use every malevolent tool at his disposal to see our reality melded with shadowy powers of this other dimension even if it leads to the destruction of existence as we know it.
You would think a guy so great at playing the bad guy would be a little stand off-ish and I have to say the complete opposite is true. Mads Mikkelsen is one of those people who has a kind and gentle soul. So let’s get on to the interview:
Q: Do you prefer to play the villain or the superhero?
MM: I, I wouldn’t mind playing this character. (Doctor Strange) I mean, not saying he’s doing a (bad) job on that. Uh. So, I’ll take the villain. I mean, in terms of playing characters, I think that any good hero, or any good villain has to be interesting, having both sides of the coin. I think that’s exactly what Marvel always does, right?
Q: How was the first time you saw yourself in makeup, costume, everything?
MM: It was fantastic. I mean, we went to do some of the tests. We were doing the makeup, and I insisted on, can I bring the costume and have it on when we do the makeup, just to see how it looks together, right? They were spot on. We were sitting in there for hours trying out this makeup, and I was like, “Oh god, do I really wanna do this every day?” [LAUGHS] You know? But then it turned out so fantastic, I was like, “Yeah, that’s it. Three hours every day, we’ll do it. It’s worth it, really.” Not always. Between two and three, depending on how tired we were.
Q: How does it feel to not only have your name cemented in Marvel universe, but also the Star Wars Universe?
MM: It seems appropriate. No, it feels fantastic. I mean, as a Dane who started out acting 20 years ago back home, I never imagined that I would work in America at all. A little less that I would work in a Marvel film. So, it feels as if I’m a very fortunate person.
Q: How do you tap into being a villain? Is there anyone particularly who has influenced you in your villainous roles? You have more than one.
MM: Well, it’s obviously it’s in the script somewhere. You lean into the script. For me the script is always the most important tool and from there I’ll develop the character with the director, of course.
I think that, not to compare at all, but some of my favorite actors have been playing villains as well. I mean, Christopher Walken is a hero of mine, and I think he has the ability to somehow make the villains likeable. Whether it’s his personality, or it’s that he chose a part that was dualistic written so it makes sense, I don’t know. It’s just that, some of the great actors can do that, I mean, the joker is a fantastic example. We love to hate him, you know?
Q: Did you have a favorite Marvel superhero as a kid?
MM: I mean, I remember this guy, and I like it, but maybe I was too young to understand that he was quite intellectual and written in the acid period. So there were certain things that I didn’t get of course. Whereas obviously Spiderman was easily accessible, right? It was, oh, he’s a kid, and he’s fun, and he can do stuff, that’s cool. [LAUGHS] So, I think that was, that was easy to identify with as a kid, right?
Q: When researching the character and creating the character, what were your motivations, what were your influences there? My Twitter feed is flooded with fans who love you.
MM: Oh, thanks a lot. I love them as well.As I said before, the script is the bible. This is where the character, he is in there somewhere together with the director. We can approach it different ways. I think inspiration wise, like all good religious leaders, all political leaders, they have a sense an ability to speak to the people in the way that they understand.
Let’s say Jonestown, right? But if you look at (Jonestown) today, you see the old looking, you go, “Wow, that’s bad karma. That’s just terrible. How could people buy into that?” Right. Uh. If you look at this character with his mask on, [LAUGHS] you would also say that. He has a point. He’s saying stuff that makes sense to a degree. He wants to make the world a better place and different means to get there. But he still have the goal of making the world a better place. So, I think that was the approach, to have a certain kind of religious leader, when we did it. Obviously he’s not only talking, [LAUGHS] he’s also being quite physical. But, as all good dictators, it takes some sacrifices, right?
A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.
***Disclosure: I attended the #DoctorStrangeEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***