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Mads Mikkelsen Talks About His Humorless Villain in 'Doctor Strange'

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Mads Mikkelsen is one of the greatest character actors around. He's basically the Danish Michael Shannon, edgy, dangerous, and with a wicked sense of humor. One film he won't be showing off that wicked sense of humor in is the upcoming Doctor Strange, though the actor is quick to point out that there is a lot of humor in the film. He's just not taking part in any of the fun. 

While doing the rounds to promote his latest film, Men and Chicken, Mads told Digital Spy a bit about Doctor Strange, and the copious amounts of humor in the script. "You can't bring [the humour] yourself, if it's in the script you have to sort of lean into the script that's already there. There is some. My character is not necessarily carrying too much of it but Doctor Strange is. There's a certain darkness in the Doc and a sense of humour in there, absolutely."

Mads also talked about the differences between working on a big budget spectacle film like Doctor Strange versus his experience on the smaller budget Men and Chicken  saying, "They're hard to compare. [Men and Chicken] is a small group of friends who are making a small-budget film - well, actually it's not that small a budget, but compared to the American films it's obviously nothing... That is not the same way we work in America of course, the director has a billion things to see to, but we try to make it the same, try to sit down, discuss the scenes before we shoot them, we try to make it a smaller room than it is in reality and make the scenes be like any other scene - forget about the big spaceships, forget about the 500 people walking around you, try to make it intimate."

Whether those "spaceships" he's referencing are in Doctor Strange or his other big budget film due this year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is unclear, but he's also quick to point out that working on CGI-heavy films is not an issue for him. "CGI is not a new thing for me, I've done it in a few movies," he said. "This one was not too bad, the CGI was not in direct interaction with me in my scenes, it was more like the backdrops, the landscapes would be slightly different sometimes, but I didn't have to interact with it."

Men and Chicken opens in limited release this weekend, Doctor Strange is due out November 4, and Rogue One hits theaters December 16. Get ready for the Autumn of Mads!


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