'Corto Maltese' is Mads Mikkelsen's dream character

Mads Mikkelsen, who is set to play Johnny Depp’s character Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beast 3, was once a gymnast and a professional dancer.

Mads Mikkelsen (Photo: Instagram)


Mads Mikkelsen recently replaced Johnny Depp in the upcoming Rowling film series Fantastic Beast 3 and is now set to play Depp’s character Gellert Grindelwald in the untitled sequel directed by David Yates. But, how well do you know the actor? The Danish actor who recently won the European film award for best actor for his role in Another Round. Here are some fascinating aspects of the award-winning Hollywood actor, who also starred in the famous TV series – Hannibal.

-Mikkelsen used to be a gymnast and professional dancer before he started his career in acting.

-The 55-year-old actor achieved worldwide recognition in the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale for playing the main antagonist Le Chiffre.

-The Dr Strange actor is a multilingual person. He can speak five different languages, including his native language Danish. He also learned Swedish while he was at a dance school. The other languages in which he is fluent are French, English and German.

-The actor is a huge fan of Graphic Novels and he even used to go through a phase of collecting the first edition and he likes to get them out to look at them and his favourite comic book character is Corto Maltese, and he also said that he would love to play this anti-hero character if there was ever a film.

-Mikkelsen also loved action films as a child and Bruce Lee is one of his idols. Game of Death, a film that Bruce Lee left incomplete, is Mikkelsen favourite movie because of the symbolic stunts. Buster Keaton is also one of his idols.

-On 15 April 2010, Mikkelsen was appointed as Ridder (Knight) of the order of the Dannebrog and in April 2016, the French government appointed Mikkelsen as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Prestigious Order of Arts and Letters.

-Despite having a busy professional life Mikkelsen is a family man. Mikkelsen’s wife Hanna Jacobsen is a choreographer, whom he met during his dancing career and started dating at 1987. The couple married at the year 2000 and they have two children together. The family used to live in Copenhagen, Denmark until 2012 when they moved to Toronto, Canada for Mikkelsen works.

-Mads Mikkelsen has been nominated for multiple awards for his talents. Some of these include two Bodil Awards for the Best Actor in a leading role in 2005 and 2014. He has also won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor in 2012 and two Robert Awards for Best Actor in a leading role, one in 2005 and the other in 2014. Zulu Awards for Best Actor, a Fantasporto Award for Best Actor and a Puchon International Fantastic film festival award for best actor are some of the awards achieved by Mads Mikkelsen.

First Published:Dec. 18, 2020, 7:49 p.m.

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