Why Mads Mikkelsen Walked Out of His Audition for ‘Fantastic Four’

Matthew Loffhagen
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Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen has been enjoying a lot of publicity lately.

With key roles in Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, not to mention all the press he’s received for his adorable bromance with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, the acclaimed actor has grabbed plenty of attention from various movie fans.



According to Mikkelsen, though, he could have been in yet another movie, had his audition for Fantastic Four gone a little differently. The actor has confirmed this week that he walked out of his test for a role within the film, and considering just how badly the movie tanked, this seems like the smartest move of his career.

Speaking with ShortList, Mikkelsen shared some of his least favorite experiences from auditions, before laying into the Fantastic Four reboot’s particularly frustrating experience:

“I’ve had tons of them. We’ve all been there. We all show up and it’s a little office room with a desk and some books and they want you to do a scene where you have two lines – maybe not even two lines – maybe just “Bleurgh!” or “Get back!” And you’re hiding behind a palm tree that’s not there. It’s like, “Guys, couldn’t you have picked a different kind of scene to this? This is fucking mad.” You feel like an idiot.

“I think I walked out on the Fantastic Four one. I think I actually said, ‘I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong.’”

Based on the final movie, it seems that as polite as Mikkelsen might have been, the audition lines were the least of the movie’s problems.

It is interesting to know that the movie was already appearing disorganized to outsiders at such an early point, and Mikkelsen’s decision to bail was definitely the right call.

Who knows? If Fantastic Four had ruined Mikkelsen’s career, we might not have even gotten the chance to see him in Rogue One, or Hideo Kojima’s upcoming Death Stranding.

So let’s all breathe a sigh of relief that good old Mads has such a sharp eye for a bad movie – hopefully that discernment will keep him safe from cinematic duds for many years to come.

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