Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale is now receiving international attention, reports Variety.
‘Nobody knows who I am here, so it’s definitely starting over in the sense of being known. But I’ve been doing this for a while now, so that’s fine,’ he says. In addition to his role in Casino Royale, Mikkelsen made his American film debut in King Arthur and was considered for co-starring roles in both North Country and The Da Vinci Code.
However, it was his role in the film Open Hearts that brought him to the attention of producer Barbara Broccoli. ‘We had to be sure that he could be a worthy opponent to James Bond,’ she says. ‘I saw Mads in Open Hearts and was impressed with his power and strength onscreen.’
‘It definitely put him on the radar with people who didn’t already know him,’ says his L.A. rep, Sandra Chang of Industry Entertainment. ‘The way this town works, everything is by list, and suddenly you wind up higher on the list.’
Mikkelsen, who has currently not chosen his next American film project, says: ‘I still have Denmark, and I’m definitely going to live and work there for the rest of my life. Whatever happens outside of Denmark is just icing on the cake for me.’
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