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Mads Mikkelsen won't be in Thor 2 due to Hannibal commitments eating up all of his time

07.13.2012

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Back in May it was reported that Mads Mikkelsen was in talks for a second villain besides The Enchantress in THOR 2, and while he did indeed want to be involved it looks as though that won't be happening anymore due to his commitment as the titular character in upcoming TV show "Hannibal."  NBC started talking to Mikkelsen just a little before Marvel called him up, and things ended up working out with NBC a bit faster than they did with Marvel.  THOR 2 shoots in August, and Mikkelsen will now be taking a fair amount of time this fall to shoot a full twelve episodes worth of serial killer-related television goodness. 

During the same interview in which the THOR 2 business was disclosed, Mikkelsen also talked a bit about how he's approaching his role as Dr. Lecter:

Mads Mikkelsen: Oh, I'm not sure he's psycopathic. I like him very much.
Interviewer: But he's also a villain.
Mads Mikkelsen: If you're looking at him from the wrong side of the table, yeah.  You have to defend him to a certain degree. You don't necessarily have to like him. But I actually like him.
Interviewer:
Why?
Mads Mikkelsen:
I think he's such a complex character that it makes him interesting.

Mads Mikkelsen in black and white

This is really Acting 101 if you want to make most villains that aren't Snidely Whiplash engaging for both the actor and the audience.  As show runner Bryan Fuller said back in April about Dr. Lecter:

“There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He’s not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn’t know who he was, they wouldn’t see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock’s principle of suspense — show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it’s going to go boom. So the audience knows who Hannibal is so we don’t have to overplay his villainy. We get to subvert his legacy and give the audience twists and turns.”

NBC's "Hannibal" is set to air sometime next year.

Eva Green semi-sultry stare

Mads Mikkelsen was in CASINO ROYALE.  So was Eva Green.  Hence my (much appreciated) excuse to run this fantastic picture.

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Extra Tidbit: With Mikkelsen locked in as Dr. Lecter and Hugh Dancy as William Graham, I'm actually warming to the way this show could go.
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4:18PM on 07/13/2012
Mads needs to call Emily Blunt and ask if she had a chance to go back in time and get out of Gulliver's Travels, if she'd have taken the Black Widow role instead. Than let him make his decision.
Mads needs to call Emily Blunt and ask if she had a chance to go back in time and get out of Gulliver's Travels, if she'd have taken the Black Widow role instead. Than let him make his decision.
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3:30PM on 07/13/2012
While I don;t have a lot of faith in NBC's new show inspired by a series of books and movies, I do look forward to what Mikkelsen might bring to the part. He is the only reason I care, but he's also a great reason. I still haven't seen the first Thor, so I'm not exactly heartbroken that that fell through, though from a business standpoint, NBC is not a particularly appetizing network to work with.
While I don;t have a lot of faith in NBC's new show inspired by a series of books and movies, I do look forward to what Mikkelsen might bring to the part. He is the only reason I care, but he's also a great reason. I still haven't seen the first Thor, so I'm not exactly heartbroken that that fell through, though from a business standpoint, NBC is not a particularly appetizing network to work with.
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6:41PM on 07/13/2012
How can you NOT see THOR yet?? Are you telling me you also didn't see THE AVENGERS?!! Because jumping on Avengers without first seeing Thor would clearly rob you of some PRETTY IMPORTANT plot points and much needed character developments & motivations of Loki and Thor. I'd even say Avengers is the direct sequel to Thor, MUCH MORE connected than Iron Man or Hulk.
How can you NOT see THOR yet?? Are you telling me you also didn't see THE AVENGERS?!! Because jumping on Avengers without first seeing Thor would clearly rob you of some PRETTY IMPORTANT plot points and much needed character developments & motivations of Loki and Thor. I'd even say Avengers is the direct sequel to Thor, MUCH MORE connected than Iron Man or Hulk.
11:48AM on 07/13/2012

Talk about betting on a wrong horse!

One is a sure to be blockbuster summer tentpole movie, other is a TV show on a channel which routinely cancels new shows after just one season.....Is this a no-brainer or what?? Yeah, I concur that Mads can be the perfect and most appropriate Hannibal Lecter there is, but NOT on the expense of a Badass main Baddie from THOR 2!! I'd even maybe understand if its on HBO or anyother cable shows where an R-rated material could've been handled accordingly, but ABSOLUTELY NOT if its on fucking NBC
One is a sure to be blockbuster summer tentpole movie, other is a TV show on a channel which routinely cancels new shows after just one season.....Is this a no-brainer or what?? Yeah, I concur that Mads can be the perfect and most appropriate Hannibal Lecter there is, but NOT on the expense of a Badass main Baddie from THOR 2!! I'd even maybe understand if its on HBO or anyother cable shows where an R-rated material could've been handled accordingly, but ABSOLUTELY NOT if its on fucking NBC who regularly axed their new shows after just one season!
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3:26PM on 07/13/2012
Calling the character a main baddie might be presumptive. I don't recollect we knew who he was up for.
Calling the character a main baddie might be presumptive. I don't recollect we knew who he was up for.
6:30PM on 07/13/2012
I distinctly remember in previous JoBlo news of THOR 2, he was up for Executioner. And yes, according to earlier news, along with Enchantress, these two characters ARE GOING TO BE the main baddies of THOR 2. You can search the news archive if you want to confirm.
I distinctly remember in previous JoBlo news of THOR 2, he was up for Executioner. And yes, according to earlier news, along with Enchantress, these two characters ARE GOING TO BE the main baddies of THOR 2. You can search the news archive if you want to confirm.
11:47AM on 07/13/2012
As if people didn't have enough reasons to dislike a television series on Lecter's early days, it robs Thor 2 of its villain too.
As if people didn't have enough reasons to dislike a television series on Lecter's early days, it robs Thor 2 of its villain too.
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10:23AM on 07/13/2012
That sucks! Mads would surely kick arse more in Thor 2.
That sucks! Mads would surely kick arse more in Thor 2.
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9:22AM on 07/13/2012
As for Mads Mikkelsen what a loss . . . as for Eva Green . . . . . HELLO ! here's my number 514-555-5555 !
As for Mads Mikkelsen what a loss . . . as for Eva Green . . . . . HELLO ! here's my number 514-555-5555 !
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9:09AM on 07/13/2012
......sigh..........
......sigh..........
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