Thursday, February 26, 2009
Mads Mikkelsen on Valhalla Rising, Wilbur, and Scotland, the home of people full of BLEEP!
Ah Mads, dear Mads how we love you so. Talented, handsome as hell and humor to match, Mads Mikkelsen is the subject of a recent interview in the Scotsman. In this piece Mads mentions several things of interest, the first being the upcoming Valhalla Rising. Quotage:
Valhalla Rising, set in the Highlands in 900AD and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who made Pusher. Mikkelsen's runaway slave is one-eyed, mute and covered with elaborate woad markings. "In the beginning you think, 'This is going to be a piece of cake. No lines to learn!' Then you realise it's very complicated to express yourself without dialogue. But my character is more like a myth than a real person. I would say the film is an epic, loving tribute to Sergio Leone and Kurosawa."
The article also points out that Mads of course was featured in Sigma Films great WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF (seriously go see this film!) and working in Scotland. He also echos comments made previously by Sigma's Gillian Berrie, and pays errm homage to the humor of the Scots... Ergo:
Mikkelsen has now made two films in Scotland, the other being the dark comedy Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself (2002). "I love the accent, the midges and the strange, strange weather," he says, adding jokingly, "The Scots are full of shit, and that's something we Danes are full of as well. It must be genetic, because we went there lots of times. We have as our neighbours on the one side Sweden and on the other Germany, but we have very little in common with them in terms of our sense of humour. We're much more like you, definitely."
Valhalla Rising, directed by Nicholas Refn and starring Mads and the wonderous Jamie Sives (Mads co-star in Wilbur) will be released later this summer.