Mads Mikkelsen Remains Open To Playing Doctor Doom Despite ‘Walk Out’ On Fantastic Four Audition

By Shawn Rice

Mads Mikkelsen had the opportunity to play a villain for Marvel in “Doctor Strange” opposite of Benedict Cumberbatch. Before that job, the “Hannibal” actor spoke about when he “walked out” on his audition to play the villain Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s 2015 reboot of “Fantastic Four” for 20th Century Fox. Certainly, fans would welcome seeing his take on the villain.

But has that stopped him from ever considering playing Doctor Doom? Speaking with Screen Geek at the recent London Comic Con, the actor wanted to clarify what happened.

“I didn’t walk out. When I left it, I was just like – this is crazy. I don’t even have long arms. What am I doing in here? The audition was only about long arms. No lines. I felt a little funny.”

Since then has come the news that “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley is working on a “Doctor Doom” film and Mikkelsen was asked if he would be open to the idea of trying again.

“Yeah, it’s always interesting. They are experimenting with doing some of the villain’s stories as well. Let’s see if they do that. I’m not familiar that they’ve done it with anyone yet. They haven’t done it with The Joker [and] they haven’t done it with The Penguin. So we’ll see when that day comes.”

Given his experience playing villains, from Le Chiffre in Casino Royale to Hannibal’s eponymous character, Mikkelsen certainly has the right kind of gravitas to play the egotistical mad scientist and dictator from Latveria. Mikkelsen added that one of the qualities he looks for when playing a villain is if said villain can be “rounded” and be liked by the audience to a certain degree.

20th Century Fox, which owns the distribution rights to Fantastic Four films, has attempted villain-centric storylines in the past. X-Men: First Class came from a failed attempt at a film called X-Men Origins: Magneto. While First Class spends a decent amount of time with the team that would soon form the early X-Men, it also spends time humanizing their longtime foe, Magneto.

Mikkelsen recently wrapped work on the survival tale “Arctic” and is slated to play Mayor Prentiss in the upcoming “Chaos Walking” adaptation. He has also lent his talents to Hideo Kojima’s much-anticipated video game “Death Stranding”. He is not slowing down his work schedule.

What do you think of Mikkelsen playing Doctor Doom? Would you like to see Hawley’s take on Fantastic Four or should those superheros be put to rest? Let us know in the comments section.

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