It’s an odd thing to point out that Mads Mikkelsen, who has been acting now for over 20 years, is having a pretty big couple of months.
First up, he’s playing power hungry Kaecilius, who becomes the enemy of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in this week’s latest Marvel entry, Doctor Strange.
Then he’s playing Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Galen, the father of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), is a scientist begrudgingly involved in the construction of the original Death Star who tips off the Rebel Alliance that a new super weapon is being built.
But, yes, as Mikkelsen himself points out, he’s appearing in the two biggest movie franchises going, about a month apart from each other. (Yes, he’s going to have a busy couple of months.) Ahead, Mikkelsen discusses his relationships with both superheroes and Star Wars, reveals his involvement in those now infamous Rogue One reshoots, and tries to trick me into thinking he’s never seen the original Star Wars.
This is weird to say considering how long you’ve been doing this, but you have a couple big moths coming up.
Do you think about that?
It’s starting to dawn on me as well. You know, when you do it you’re in a mist: You do your job and you try to fulfill the vision of the director. But stepping back a couple of steps and looking at it: It is a little crazy I’m in two of the biggest franchises there’s ever been in movies.
Did you know they’d come out around the same time?
I was a little surprised, I started with Doctor Strange, then we shot Rogue One and I thought there would be at least half a year between them. Nope! No chance. They are coming out now. And so be it.
You’ve been a James Bond villain, has Marvel villain been something you’ve wanted to do?
Yeah. I mean, why not? I was a big, huge Marvel fan as a kid. And I watched all the films as well, so it is something I’ve been a fan of. I think they’ve down a fantastic job of making these cartoons come to life on the big screen. And I think they keep expanding the qualities and ideas of what they want to do with the films. And it might be a “big machine” for someone, but it feels extremely creative when you’re in the midst of it.