I admit, I didn’t know of the existence of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen until I saw him in A Royal Affair, and then? WHOO BOY! Those cheekbones! He’s done a ton of historical films, and clearly I need to line them up. Let’s do this:
I Am Dina (2002)
A Norwegian-Swedeish-Danish film set in 1860, about a woman who has trouble letting go of the people she loves. Looks like a tragedy!
King Arthur (2004)
Mads played the small part of Tristan (as in Tristan and Isolde) in this “let’s make Arthur Roman/Guinevere Celtic? Anglo-Saxon? Some kind of warrior badass.”
Flame & Citron (2008)
Two real-life Danish resistance workers, one of whom is played by Mikkelsen, during World War II.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
A 12th-century Norse warrior (Mikkelsen) finds himself in a strange land.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
A fictionalized account about a rumored affair between the famous fashion designer and composer.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
A remake of the film set in ancient Greek myths. Mikkelsen plays “Draco, captain of the royal guard of Argos who accompanies Perseus.”
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Yet Another Adaptation of the 17th century-set novel. Mads plays the Comte de Rochefort, a baddie.
A Royal Affair (2012)
He plays Johann Friedrich Struensee, doctor, philosopher, and statesman, who had an affair with Danish Queen Caroline Mathilda in the 1770s.
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
An adaptation of a story set in the 16th century about a German merchant whose “grievance against a Saxon nobleman developed into a full-blown feud against the state of Saxony, thus infringing the Eternal Peace of 1495,” per Wikipedia.
The Salvation (2014)
A Danish western set in the 1870s.
At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
A biopic about painter Vincent van Gogh’s final years in Provence. Mikkelsen plays “The Priest.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
A Harry Potter movie set in the 1930s. Mikkelsen plays Gellert Grindelwald.
Indiana Jones 5 (coming in 2023)
Not sure when exactly this is set — 1940s, I assume? Mads’ role is as yet unnamed.
The Bastard (coming in 2023)
According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’ll be playing “Captain Ludvig Kahlen, a 17th century soldier who sets out on an impossible mission: to clear and cultivate the wild Jutland heath for the Danish crown.”
Which is your favorite Mads Mikkelsen historical role?