Mads Mikkelsen Interview with Empire Magazine (Issue 305)
What do you always have in your fridge?
Fresh chilli. I put it on everything, from breakfast to lunch. And milk is a very vital part of my life. I need at least two litres a day.
So how much is a pint of milk?
I’ve fortunately come to a situation in my life where I make enough so I can go buy groceries without looking at the prices. But I would have known a couple of years ago, maybe. I would say it’s about eight crowns for a pint of milk in Denmark.
Do you do your own shopping?
Sure. If I’m in windy Copenhagen, like I am today, I’ll be recognised— it’s been like that for 12 or 15 years. It’s a little different in Canada. You can tell people are watching Hannibal and for that reason there are more people stopping me. But it’s still possible for me to shop.
What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and you were Bruce Willis?
I would call Mads Mikkelsen and ask him if he wants to be in a Die Hard film.
When have you been most starstruck?
It would have to be when I met (ex-footballer) Michael Laudrup. Years ago I met him while I was shooting a TV show — we were supposed to be playing soccer with his team in a secret episode — and I was really starstruck. I got words out but they were really stupid ones. So that was brilliant. But hey, they asked me to come and play on their team at the end of the season, so I couldn’t have fucked up totally.
Who were you in your first school play?
The ruler of the kingdom. He was a very angry person. I was not more than seven years old and wore one of those silly crowns you wear for Halloween. I had to be quite bossy to the other children.
Who is the most famous person in your phone book?
I don’t know, let me take a look. (Checks his phone) Ha! I actually do have Michael Laudrup in there. He must be the one.
Can you swear in a foreign language?
I can swear in Danish, that’s for sure. I can swear a little in French, obviously I can in English, and maybe German as well. Yeah, I can swear in a few languages, but not as cleverly as I can do it in Danish. I recommend, “Luk røven”; “Shut the fuck up.”
What was the first album you bought?
Dark Side Of The Moon. I was 14 or 15.
What is the worst smell in the world?
There’s a really cool smell when something is really burnt, which is really annoying. That goes for food, too. I don’t like it when food is overcooked.
What’s the most annoying animal?
The chicken. It’s a really ugly bird, an ugly animal, and I just don’t like them. I’ve worked with them a few times and I cannot say I’ve enjoyed the experience. The last time was just recently, for a film appropriately called Men & Chicken. I knew I was going to have to spend a lot of time with them, but I swallowed that one. I just have to live with it, I guess.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I am reading a Lee Child book, one of the Jack Reacher ones. There are a few authors whose thrillers I like to pick up and take on a plane. My favourite is Michael Connelly who writes about a detective called Hieronymous Bosch. But I’ve got through all of his works now, so I’m onto Lee Child.
Are you a big gym goer?
I try to avoid it because the gym is so boring. I’d rather go out and play ball, or ride my bicycle. But when you’re abroad you can’t really phone up a soccer team and say, “Hey, can you let me play?” So I have to go to the gym occasionally, or I’ll turn into a round shape.