‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Star Mads Mikkelsen Slams Method’s Acting Approach
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets Star Mads Mikkelsen has given his honest thoughts on the method game.
Method acting is a range of training and rehearsal techniques that actors and actresses can use in which they would identify with, understand, and feel a character’s inner motivations and emotions. This was built off of Stanislavski’s system and has been brought to film by iconic actors such as Marlon Brando and for comic book fans, notably through many actors who have played The Joker including Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix. Although some praised the approach for bringing quality performances, some criticized it as an excuse for the actors and actresses to misbehave. And Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets Star Mads Mikkelsen is not a fan.
In an interview with GQ to promote fantastic beasts, Mads Mikkelsen didn’t mince words about his opinion on the method game:
“It’s bullshit… But the preparation can lead to madness. And if it was a shitty movie, what do you think you did? Am I impressed that you haven’t given up on your 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 this?
Mads Mikkelsen’s comments are interesting given the stories about some actors taking the acting method a bit too far. Jared Leto’s approach as the Joker in 2016 suicide squad was heavily criticized, and the documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond presented the levels in which Jim Carrey went to stay in character for his performance in Man on the Moon. Either way, method acting will remain a hotly debated topic when it comes to acting.
Here is the synopsis of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets:
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows that the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is about to take over the wizarding world. Unable to stop it on his own, he tasks magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a fearless team of wizards, witches and a brave muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter beasts old and new and collide. to the growing legion of Grindelwald followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore stay on the sidelines?
Directed by David Yates from a script written by JK Rowling and Steve Kloves, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston and Mads Mikkelsen.
The new film will be released in theaters on April 15, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe on the Heroic Hollywood YouTube channel for more original video content.