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‘It’s Very Interesting to Work Within That World’: Mads Mikkelsen Hints Kaecilius May Return to MCU, Says Performing in Front of Green Screen Is ‘Real Acting’

Mads Mikkelsen gained popularity among the youths by portraying the antagonist in Doctor Strange (2016), Kaecilius. But the actor has a history of acting way back before 2016. Speaking to fans after winning the “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo” for exceptional acting, the questions related to the actor became more wide-frame.

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Mads Mikkelsen at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).
Mads Mikkelsen at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022).

“Acting in front of a green screen is real acting”

During the answering of several questions, Mads Mikkelsen went back and forth regarding his career and the different types of movies that he has done. A notable role that the actor had to play was Kaecilius in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in 2016. Answering a fan question, the actor also gave his input about what he calls ‘real acting.’

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (2013-2015).
Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (2013-2015).

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“The scale of those films is insane and it’s very interesting to work within that world. I would say that one single set-piece of a Marvel film has the same budget as an entire Danish film, so the sky’s the limit, right? I grew up watching those films, and, of course, it’s fantastic to be part of it.

The Danish actor continued:

“Now, only doing blockbusters might not be enough for me, so, luckily, I can luckily go back and forth. Having said that, acting in front of a green screen, fighting a giant scorpion that is not there, is real acting, you know? Sitting in a kitchen, having a dialogue with someone is more re-acting. You actually use your imagination when you work with a green screen—there’s a lot of acting in that.”

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Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius in Doctor Strange (2016).
Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius in Doctor Strange (2016).

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Mads Mikkelsen replaced Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) when the latter actor was removed due to controversy surrounding his allegedly abusive behavior by ex-wife Amber Heard. During the fan questions, the Hannibal actor became candid about replacing Johnny Depp.

“I think he’s an amazing actor, I think he did a fantastic job. Having said that, I could not copy it. There’s there was no way I could just copy it, because it’s so much him. It would be creative suicide. So, we had to come up with something else, something that was mine, and build a bridge between him and me.”

The actor has also stated that now that the defamation trial is over and Johnny Depp emerged innocent, Warner Bros. may be able to get Johnny Depp back on their team for the role of Gellert Grindlewald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie.

Source: Deadline