Mads Mikkelsen says he wished he could talk to Johnny Depp before replacing him as Gellert Grindelwald for the third Fantastic beasts Payment.
Talk with Sunday Times, the Doctor strange and Thief one the star shared her complicated feelings regarding the replacement for Depp, who announced his departure from the role and the film last November after his appearance in 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.
“They called me and they were obviously in a rush, and I loved the script so I said yes,” Mikkelsen said of his decision to play the part. “And I know it was controversial for a lot of people, but that’s just how it goes from time to time.”
Mikkelsen, admitted that a replacement was inevitable, because “obviously they were going to make the movie, and obviously he was no longer involved”, but said he “didn’t have a dog in this fight” and would have liked touch base with the actor following his withdrawal from the role.
” I do not know what happened [in his private life], and I don’t know if it was fair, that he lose his job, but I just knew the show was happening, and I would have loved to tell him about it if I had the chance, but I just didn’t don’t know him in that sense, ”Mikkelsen said.
Depp shared that he would no longer be playing the role on Instagram, citing that Fantastic beasts the Warner Bros. studio had asked him to withdraw. “I want to let you know that Warner Bros. asked me to step down from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic beasts and I have respected and accepted this request, ”he wrote.
His dismissal came just days after the actor lost a UK libel lawsuit against News Group Newspapers. Depp had continued The sun libel editor for the April 17, 2018 article titled “How JK Rowling Can Be ‘Really Happy’ When Casting Woman Drummer Johnny Depp in New Fantastic beasts movie?”
Several days before the actor made his announcement, the judge in charge of the case dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that what the newspaper had published was “essentially true”.
During his interview with Sunday Times, Mikkelsen also explained how his take on Grindelwald – the mighty dark wizard with ties to eventual Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore – will be different from Depp’s, as well as his time working with Harrison Ford on the upcoming one. Indiana Jones 5.
Addressing its own iteration of the Fantastic beasts character, Mikkelsen said he “didn’t want to copy what Johnny had done” and that he would definitely make something of his own.
“I think he’s a masterful actor, so copying him would have been creative suicide,” Mikkelsen said. “I had to find something that was definitely mine, and yet also serve as a bridge to what he had done.”
“My take is different, and the look is a little different, but we’ll have to wait for the movie to come out. [next year] to find out, ”he continued.
As for what it was like to work with an icon and an interim colleague Star wars franchise star Harrison Ford the Fifth Indiana Jones installment, Mikkelsen said that while it was no longer largely star-struck, Ford was the exception to this rule.
“The more you are in the movie business, the less you end up wearing your ‘fan hat’, and yet in this case it was there a little longer than most,” Mikkelsen said. “It helps that Harrison is a really nice man and that everyone on set is aware that we’re here, mainly, to make a Indiana Jones movie.”