Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be Harrison Ford‘s final film as the action hero who made his mark on cinema during the 1980s and has thrived as one of the most popular icons in the history of the medium. At the age of eighty, Harrison Ford will once again don the hat and whip in a final film to be directed by James Mangold. And opposite him will be none other than Mads Mikkelsen.
In recent years, Mikkelsen has become one of the most prestigious stars by playing characters like Hannibal or Grindelwald. And in the upcoming Indy movie he will play the villain: a Nazi officer named Jürgen Voller who wants to use the fate dial to “make the world a much better place to live in.” Although still a mystery, his role is expected to be as memorable as we are used to.
The villain of all the sagas
During the Star Wars Celebration, Mikkelsen was asked by IGN why he likes playing villains so much. He has already played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Kaecilius in Doctor Strange or the aforementioned Grindelwald. His answer is simple and effective: “they love me”.
In fact, he was already asked something similar in 2019, when his role in Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding video game was revealed. Here he went a bit more upmarket in his answer, making it very clear how he deals with these characters:
“First of all, I’m not the villain in this game. I always try to turn my villains into heroes, try to see the world from their perspective. That’s important, that you justify it in some way, or at least humanize it to the extent that you can recognize what their motives are. [For Death Stranding], we just approached it as a man in a certain situation. There are different reasons why [Cliff] is acting the way he’s acting. He’s fighting for his life, or his son’s life. And that’s how I approached it from the beginning.”
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