Mads Mikkelsen is back in the media, discussing Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…
Just last week, the Hannibal and Casino Royale actor squashed — once and for all — the Rogue One reshoot rumors. Now, thanks to Star Wars News Net (via Yahoo News UK) we have even more quotes from Mikkelsen regarding the scope and feel of the first standalone Star Wars film, in the history of the saga.
Mikkelsen started out by praising Rogue One director Gareth Edwards:
"“[Gareth Edwards’] vision was wonderful,” he said. “He was a natural, man.”"
I’m not sure what he means by “natural man” but I have a feeling it has to do with Edwards’ reported dark and gritty war-like approach to Rogue One. Mikkelsen then goes on to talk about his portraying Felicity Jones’ character — Jyn Erso’s father.
"“The project is so enormous, you’re surrounded by five hundred people, but he did the only thing that you can do in that situation and that is making it small… making it a small scene, just the five of us or the two of us.”"
I love hearing about the enormity of Rogue One. Having 500 people together in one scene, could either be the Empire’s construction crew on the Death Star, a battle scene, or a bustling city/planet.
The interview has many more detailed quotes from Mikkelsen, and I highly suggest heading over to Yahoo News UK to read it, in its entirety.
However, the actor did discuss his and Felicity Jones’ scenes together, rather vaguely I might add.
"“I would give away spoilers if I told you what kinds of scenes I have with [Felicity Jones],” but err… they are characters. They’re not ‘character’ characters… but they all serve their purpose and we have to be aware, obviously when you do a film like this, that it’s not your show. You’re serving a purpose or you’re telling a story of someone else, but you’re a part of it.”"
To me, this just serves to bolster my confidence, not only in Gareth Edwards, but in his choices for which actors filled the roles of his film.
It’s quite obvious that Mads Mikkelsen has a deep abiding respect for the Star Wars story, and it seems as if he’s trying to pay proper homage to such a beloved saga…especially with Rogue One, a film that is a prequel to A New Hope — the film that started it all.