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‘Meet the Filmmaker’ Series With Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg In Soho


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?

Why, yes, I DO like my gifts straight from Denmark.
Why, yes, I DO like my gifts straight from Denmark.

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.


Warning: Brilliance and hotness going on here.
Warning: Brilliance and hotness going on here.

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.


Flower crowns abound!
Flower crowns abound!

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.

Mads can't hear you over the sound of his glass-cutting cheekbones, sorry.
Mads can’t hear you over the sound of his glass-cutting cheekbones, sorry.

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.

The Writer/Photographer is dead. Please send flowers to me, Frenchie.
The Writer/Photographer is dead. Please send flowers to me, Frenchie. Thank you in advance.

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.

Yeah. We'll lie on Dr. Lecter's couch.
Yeah. We’ll lie on Dr. Lecter’s couch.

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.

Brad Pitt For Esquire Magazine’s June/July Issue


Brad Pitt and I have something in common, we can’t remember people. Even if we went to school together, or have met a couple of times, I can never seem to recall people’s names. It’s an odd “problem” to share with a celeb, but hey I’ll take it. Pitt explains in the upcoming issue of Esquire that he’s not trying to be rude, he just doesn’t remember who you are.

So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he says. “So I swear to God, I took one year where I just said, This year, I’m just going to cop to it and say to people, ‘Okay, where did we meet?’ But it just got worse. People were more offended. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I piss more people off. You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested.”

Oh Brad, you can not remember me anytime. In the interview he also talks about his family with longtime partner Angelina Jolie, saying that “I haven’t known life to be happier.” This is his first published interview since Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy.


You can read the rest of the interview, where Brad also discusses zombies and slacking off when the issue hits newsstands May 31st. You can check out what happened when photographer Max Vadukul gave Pitt control of a Hasselblad camera here.