Mads, Mads, Mads. He beckons and we draw near, like children at the feet of a beloved family friend we’d like to…ahem. Yes. Let’s backtrack, shall we?
This past Thursday, the Apple store in Soho NYC had another one of their “Meet the Filmmaker” events featuring, dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun, Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg! They were there to promote their film ‘The Hunt’, Mads as the star and Thomas as the Director. While the film is new to American audiences and only being released in select theatres, the Danish work had already won Mads the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. High praise, indeed! And it’s clear from the clips they showed that it was well earned.
Jagten/’The Hunt’ deals with a man trying to rebuild his life after a divorce, who ends up caught in the not-so-innocent lies of a child. Lies with the power to put his career and life in jeopardy, tearing an entire community apart. I’ll admit to not yet having seen the film as it only debuted in NYC last night; I’m also aware that I’ll probably come out semi-traumatized (Mads mentioned that he started crying before reaching page 60 of the script) and in need of a drink after so, I’m putting it off a tad bit. But anyone who’s seen Mads in any other work, ‘Hannibal’ included, will be in no way surprised by his acting range.
Speaking of ‘Hannibal’! You know the local and semi-local fans had to come out to represent, right? Right. There were Clockface/Eat The Rude t-shirts, faux business cards, more folks present than could be seated, and lovely girls bedecked in flower crowns (inside tumblr meme joke). IT WAS GLORIOUS.
Thankfully, everyone kept their cool even if you could practically hear our collective hearts hammering when this fine-ass Danish charmer finally gained the stage. You really have no idea how beautiful Mads Mikkelsen is in the flesh. Like. No. You REALLY don’t KNOW. Is ‘breathtaking’ too strong a word? I think not! Adding in that he’s funny, silly, playful, flirty, completely comfortable in his own skin…he’s essentially signed the death warrant of uteri everywhere.
There were honest moments when all I wanted in the world was to twirl his shaggy salt ‘n’ pepper hair ‘round my little finger as I contemplated the meaning of life. Sighhhhhhhh. All the sighs. With a fit of the vapors for good measure.
Though the point of the evening was to bring attention to this particular work, it was inevitable and gratifying to have Mads speak about his work in ‘Hannibal’ during the Q & A session. Especially when he mentioned that Hannibal, himself, was his favorite character and was also the happiest one he’d ever played; “He will go home and whistle every day”. C’mon. How can you NOT love him? He understands.
Photo by: GQ.com
Anyhoo, Mads is also grateful to the ‘Hannibal’ fanbase for their passion and for allowing him to have a job for more than 2 months at a time. If that’s not winning, I really don’t know what is.