Posts Tagged ‘Mads Mikkelsen’

Mads in Mikkelsen

Monday, February 8th, 2010

It’s a gorgeous, sunny afternoon and I sip a coffee outside the cinema MK2 quai de la Loire. Feeling like I’m going on a blind date, I examine closely the comings and goings of people who are out walking. There he is! Mads Mikkelson in person. This handsome, Danish actor arrives wearing a pair of faded jeans, a checked shirt, leather jacket and, thank heavens, a pair of walking shoes for our promenade on the banks of the canal. No dark sunglasses that are always worn by stars. But a star he is!

He started his day in Paris with a big breakfast, a mushroom omelette “at least I think they were mushrooms”,cheese, bacon…A man’s breakfast and in order to keep in shape he rides around his native Denmark on a Lance Armstrong racing bike, helmet included…We go straight to the heart of the matter and I ask him if he’s a cool Dad, “I think I am for my two teenagers who are 16 & 12, but maybe they don’t think so, I took my son to school the other day on my motorbike, I really earned some bonus points there.” Move over Steve McQueen!

And what if his children want to follow in his footsteps one day? As he starts speaking about his craft he changes, becomes more expansive, “I’m not one of those actors who say that it’s a difficult job, a tormented one. I think that it’s a fantastic job, except when you don’t work, and that, unfortunately, is the big problem of many actors. So if they choose this job they will have some great moments!”

He loves dark humour, that’s a little catholic, a little Scottish, finds taboo subjects very funny…and has made two films in the genre by Anders Thomas Jenson…”A brilliant director and writer” ‘Adam’s Apples’; an outrageously funny film where he plays the role of a Pasteur “I play a crazy man, that’s all! Who’s been pretty wacky all his life!” and ‘The Green Butchers’, which is strewn with human body parts, “they were created by two fantastic guys who’ve been living in basements all their lives.” Suddenly his quirky sense of humour surfaces…

photo. Thierry Sauvage
words. Tracy Dwyer

New traffic magazine issue

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Here the new traffic magazine cover number 6. To be out in France and abroad by the 20th Novembre.
Base line: actress Lea Seydoux, Designer Jean Touitou, artist Alyssa Monks, Guitar maker James Trussart, actor Mads Mikkelsen, dancer and choregraph Angelin Preljocaj, fashion and other exclusive topics…