A Cannes Film Festival Best Actor winner for his performance in Thomas Vinterberg’s 2012 drama The Hunt, Mads Mikkelsen is back in town, this time as a member of the competition jury. The Danish star who’s made a big crossover to Hollywood took a moment out at Deadline’s Cocktails on the Croisette event to chat about that experience, muse on the Danish filmmaking industry and get in a brief word about his two upcoming tentpoles (see video above).
Mikkelsen started his career at home in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 Pusher and continued to collaborate with him on such films as Bleeder and Valhalla Rising. (Refn has The Neon Demon in competition this year, but Mikkelsen has said he’ll be impartial — joking at the jury press conference that he was, however, open to bribes.)
He became widely known internationally as James Bond villain Le Chiffre in 2006’s Casino Royale. Since then, his credits have included Susanne Bier’s After The Wedding, Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair and Arnaud Des Pallières’ Michael Kohlhaas which was also in competition here. After playing the title role in NBC’s Hannibal, he’s next up in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Mikkelsen is not sure what’s next after those two mega-pictures, but doesn’t rule out a return to Denmark to work with the tightknit group of filmmakers there. A particularly memorable Cannes experience for him was the red carpet for The Hunt which was one of the most rain-drenched in recent years. Check our our chat above.