A Tribute TV interview with Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, has appeared online here.
When asked how the pressure of being a Bond villain in the newest 007 film, Mikkelsen said: ‘Not that bad, I try to think of it as a film… I forget that a couple million people are watching it.’
He said of co-star Daniel Craig: ‘I’ve seen him before. I’ve seen him do alot of stuff and I knew he was a fantastic actor. The first time I saw him [for Casino Royale)] was at my audition, and he was wearing a tuxedo, so I was like “whoa!” That is the new Bond, that’s definitely him. The way he’s carrying the film; he’s brutal, he’s sensitive, he’s got the British accent, he’s got the cars and the babes. The perfect choice.’
‘It’s great fun. Especially when you get to torture Bond,’ he said of playing Le Chiffre in the film. ‘I did some lessons [for the poker scenes]. Mainly just to get some handling with the chips to be able to do some tricks.’
Mikkelsen sums up the films perfectly: ‘Bond is a big thing, it’s kind of like having a new president. Everyone has an opinion and in many ways that’s nice. Bond means something to people.’
Stay tuned to CBn for all the latest Casino Royale coverage.