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PostSubject: Re: A Royal Affair   Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:01 am

@Empress

I've tried the "spoiler-tags" in you post and I think, it works. You only have to click on the green field and then you can read it.

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But it's of course wonderful, that you've seen it! cheers In my opinion it's one of his best movies, even if he looks very tired in this movie (I saw it in a small arthouse cinema, but the screen was big).

Now I really want to see "The Hunt" and "Michael Kohlhaas". I can't imagine, why Kohlhaas isn't in the cinemas yet. I mean they said 2012 and the year is nearly over. Hopefully it will be shown at all.

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PostSubject: Re: A Royal Affair   Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:56 am

Who knows why it isn´t in the cinemas, yet. I´m waiting for the bluray, anyways!
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PostSubject: Re: A Royal Affair   Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:12 am

Because it's mostly about "A royal affair"

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It’s a Mads world (even if Mikkelsen often has his first name mispronounced)

Chris Knight | Feb 1, 2013 3:44 PM ET
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Let’s get the name out of the way first. It’s pronounced “Mass,” say 47-year-old Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Although he’s used to hearing “Mads.”

“I don’t mind,” he adds with a smile. “I think it sounds kind of cool.”

No doubt it adds to the cachet Mikkelsen picked up in 2006 when he played the Bond villain Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig’s 007 in Casino Royale. That was the role that made him a (mispronounced) name in America, but he’d already been working in film in his native Denmark for 10 years.

Now he moves easily between American and Danish productions, appearing in 2010’s Clash of the Titans and 2011’s The Three Musketeers, but also the 2008 Danish war drama Flame & Citron.

“I learned my craft back home,” he says. “For that reason there is a base there; it will always be my foundation. I’m a little like Stellan Skarsgård. He was doing a lot of stuff in Sweden before he went out, and for that reason he’s still invited back home.”

Mikkelsen’s newest films are both Danish and highly acclaimed. A Royal Affair opens Feb. 1 in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, and has been nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film. The Hunt, opening in Canada this summer, earned him the best-actor prize when it premiered at the Cannes film festival in May.

Royal costume dramas have traditionally been the purview of the British, and A Royal Affair in fact begins with the marriage of Princess Caroline of Britain to Denmark’s King Christian VII in 1766. But the story takes place at Denmark’s royal court, where Mikkelsen’s character, Dr. Johann Friedrich Struensee, became the personal physician to the mentally ill king, and eventually the queen’s lover and de facto ruler of the realm.

“What is special about this is that it changed Denmark and it changed history,” Mikkelsen says. “It was exactly what you could ask for as a filmmaker. It was dramatic, but the love affair was real. It was not a political alliance. And we know that from diaries and letters.”

Struensee was a liberal thinker who took advantage of having the ear of the king to pass a wide range of reforms in Denmark. “We could have made him a schemer,” Mikkelsen says. “We could have made him an ice-cold manipulating character, but it would have been very far away from what we read in the letters between” Struensee and Queen Caroline.

“Whether he did the right thing or not can be argued, of course. But he was modern for his time. I don’t think he planned to climb the social ladder. I think it’s a classic story about an idealist who turns into a dictator. He becomes what he didn’t want to become, but he’s still a good guy.”

Mikkelsen is currently in Toronto filming the first season of the new TV series Hannibal, in which he plays forensic psychiatrist/cannibal Hannibal Lecter opposite Hugh Dancy’s Special Agent Will Graham.

“I’ve always found that a villain has to be somehow compelling,” says the actor. “I have to find something I like about him, or something I understand about him — otherwise it becomes a circus act. And the same goes with the good guy; you have to find his mistakes, his little weaknesses.”

Recalling his role in Casino Royale, he adds: “Le Chiffre, he’ll leave you alone if you leave him alone, but if you put him in a corner he’ll fight back. That goes for a lot of good guys as well.”

Given Denmark’s relatively modest population of six million, I ask Mikkelsen if he’s met the current queen, Margrethe II. Turns out he has, twice.

“She’s a fantastic representative for Denmark,” he says. “She’s extremely intelligent, speaks five or six languages fluently; I admire her a lot. I’m sure that Denmark is getting their money back, whatever we pay the family to be there. I’m a great admirer even though I was brought up in a slightly communistic way.”

As to the royal reaction to A Royal Affair: “I don’t think it’s a secret that they had a couple of mad people in the family. I hope they liked it.”

After Hannibal wraps, Mikkelsen hopes to be in South Africa shooting a western with his brother, Lars, and director Kristian Levring. “It’s about two Danish brothers who move to America in the 1800s,” he says. “It’s a story of vengeance, a real western.” A Danish western? “Why not? All I need to do now is a zombie film, then I’ve covered the whole thing.”

A Royal Affair opens in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver on Feb. 1.

Source: National Post

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PostSubject: Re: A Royal Affair   Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:55 pm

Wonderful!
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