Mads Mikkelsen slams ‘BS’ acting method – Film News |


Mads Mikkelsen described the method acting as “*** bulls”.

The ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’ star – who replaced Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the film – insisted on the practice – which saw Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Daniel Day-Lewis stay in their character at all times, even when the cameras are not rolling – is “pretentious”.

He told GQ UK: “It’s *** bulls. But the preparation, you can take it crazy.

“What if it was a movie like *** – what do you think you achieved? Am I impressed that you didn’t drop the character?

“You should have dropped it from the start! How do you prepare for a serial killer? Are you going to spend two years checking it out?”

In a mocking tone, he quipped, “I’m smoking a cigarette? This is 2020, it’s not 1870 – can you live with it?”

Mikkelsen blamed film critics for praising method actors and suggested that practice doesn’t always equate to talent.

He added: “The media is saying, ‘Oh my god, he took this so seriously, so he must be fantastic; let’s give it a price”.

“So that’s the talk, and everybody knows it, and it becomes a thing.”

Mikkelsen – who has appeared in a number of blockbusters, including roles in the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘James Bond’ franchises, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe – also insisted he would love to star. Day-Lewis and try to get him out of the area.

He joked: “I’ll have the time of my life [with him]constantly breaking down the character.

“Daniel Day-Lewis is a great actor. But [Method acting has] has nothing to do with it.


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