Mads Mikkelsen spoke about the takeover of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and called the process “messy”.
Mikkelsen, who plays the role of the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Replacing Depp in the role spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the role.
The Danish actor watched the first two Fantastic Beasts Movies in quick succession before reading the script Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. He had two days to decide if he wanted the role. “It was pretty messy,” he commented.
Mikkelsen also noted that previous reports of him wishing he could have spoken to Depp before appearing in the film have been exaggerated. “I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, please let me talk to him,'” he said. “It would have been great to touch bases, sort of ‘clean up the room’. Maybe I’ll see him in the future.”
He again said he refuses to copy Depp’s own performance, saying it would be “creative suicide.”
When it came to approaching the role, he said, “You don’t want to copy anything [Depp was] do – that would be creative suicide. Even if [a role has] was made to perfection, you’ll want to make it your own. But you still have to build a kind of bridge between what came before.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is in UK cinemas now, with a US release scheduled for April 15.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/mads-mikkelsen-johnny-depp-chaotic-b2058517.html Mads Mikkelsen says taking on Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts is ‘messy’