If you’re a big actor in Hollywood, chances are at some point that you’ll play your hand at a comic book movie. If you’re especially big, you may have a run at a few different franchises before you’re done. This past year, actor Mads Mikkelsen (who’s perhaps best known for playing villains from such films as Casino Royale or the TV show Hannibal) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity as Kaecilius, a rogue sorcerer who turned on the Ancient One in Doctor Strange.
It was Mikkelsen’s first time in a big comic book movie, and as revealed by the audio commentary for the film, he jumped onto the project immediately when he realized it meant he’d have to go through martial arts training. It was a bit odd that in Mikkelsen’s entire career, he had yet to make his mark in the industry in a comic book role up until 2016.
It turns out that Doctor Strange wasn’t the first comic book movie he had taken steps to become a part of. Speaking with ShortList, the Danish actor mentioned that he actually auditioned for the Fantastic Four film, but ultimately couldn’t even get through the audition.
"I think I walked out on the Fantastic Four one. I think I actually said, 'I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong.'"
While the actor didn’t specify the reason behind his choice, there are a number of factors that could have led to his departure. In the industry, actors are often given very little to work with, and for all we know it could have been a bad day in the excruciating audition process.
“We all show up and it’s a little office room with a desk and some books and they want you to do a scene where you have two lines – maybe not even two lines – maybe just ‘Bleurgh!’ or ‘Get back!’ And you’re hiding behind a palm tree that’s not there. It’s like, ‘Guys, couldn’t you have picked a different kind of scene to this? This is fucking mad.’ You feel like an idiot.”
Given how secretive studios are with the films they’re working on (and how action-oriented they are), you can kind of see why they have such sparse materials to work with -- though his frustration with the process is still understandable. Regardless of his reasoning, we have to say, Mikkelsen really seemed to have dodged a bullet there. As we know, Fantastic Four turned out to be a flop of gargantuan proportions, marking yet another stain on the comic book property.
We suppose his gut was on point that day.
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