Mad Mads

By Freja Dam


Mads Mikkelsen stars as a gangster boss in Fredrik Bond’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which is in competition at Sundance and Berlin.

Mads Mikkelsen was in Berlin last year as the star of Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, which took home two Silver Bears and was recently nominated for an Oscar. This year, the Danish actor is back in the main competition at Berlin as the star of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, the US-produced debut feature by Frederik Bond, a Swedish director best known for his commercials.

The romantic thriller sends a young American, Charlie (Shia LaBeouf), off to Eastern Europe where he falls in love with Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a woman with a dark and mysterious past. Things get hairy when her ex-boyfriend Nigel shows up, a psychopathic gangster boss played by Mikkelsen. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman screens in Berlin in the Competition.


Mads Mikkelsen in Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair Photo: Jiri Hanzl

Psychopathic!

The word would also seem to describe Mikkelsen’s next role as the legendary Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in the new NBC series Hannibal, currently on shoot in Toronto and premiering in the spring.

Hugh Dancy plays an FBI agent who goes to psychiatrist Dr Lecter for assistance in his search for a serial killer. The series follows Lecter just before he is exposed and imprisoned.

According to series creator Bryan Fuller, we will meet a looser, funner, less unequivocally villainous Hannibal than the one we know from The Silence of the Lambs.

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