In a recent interview, actor Mads Mikkelsen admits that there’s a pressure regarding his Hannibal Lecter role, as replacing a huge actor such as Sir Anthony Hopkins is never an easy task. However, he has another point of view that makes the trick.
When the expectations of others are so great, one has to find a way to survive them and succeed in spite of them. It is the case of actor Mads Mikkelsen, who is currently in Canada, filming his new TV gig, “Hannibal”, set to air on NBC.
The 47-year-old confesses that, as expected, he feels pressure when playing a character that has been first brought to life by Anthony Hopkins. “There will always be a pressure when you do something that other people have done to perfection”, he says of his Hannibal Lecter role.
“But you know… (you) can’t really think about it”, he adds. “If that was the case you would always have the same Bond and he would be, like, 85 now, right?
The actor recalls that, when he saw “The Silence of the Lambs”, in 1991, the first movie about the ferocious cannibal Hannibal Lecter, it wasn’t the horror that imprinted the movie into his memory, but the psychological aspect. “I grew up with all kinds of splatter/horror things. I watched double features … like a Hong Kong kung fu film and then a horror film”, he says. “I don’t get scared that easily, but I can get (into) the tension of something that is interesting.”
Mikkelsen, who has been playing in movies since 199,6 rose to fame in the United States in 2006, as the villain in the Bond movie “Casino Royale”, Le Chiffre. He has also starred in “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”(2009), “Vallhala Rising” (2009) and “Clash of the Titans” (2010).
In May 2012, Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award the Cannes Film Festival for his role as Lucas in the Danish movie “The Hunt”.