Mads Mikkelsen is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He has been in a number of the most successful movie franchises, like James Bond, Star Wars, Marvel and the most recent, Harry Potter.
As a Danish actor, he’s considered a “figure of national pride” in Denmark and it’s easy to see why. With a prolific and successful career—with 60 acting credits to his name—how rich is Mads Mikkelsen today?
The Successful Career of Mads Mikkelsen
For starters, Mikkelsen was originally a gymnast and dancer before he became an actor.
According to his Wikipedia page, his rise to fame in Denmark began when he did the first two films of the Pusher movie trilogy in 1996 and 2004.
It was followed by a TV role in Open Hearts and the films The Green Butchers, Adam’s Apples and After the Wedding.
He rose to international prominence from there when he played the main villain of the 21st James Bond movie Casino Royal in 2006. The next movie projects he did are Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, A Royal Affair, The Hunt, Hannibal, Doctor Strange, Rogue One, Death Stranding, Around Round and the latest Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
In addition, his IMDb profile revealed he has three movies coming up: India Jones 5, King’s Land and The Billion Dollar Spy, which are all on pre-productions.
Celebrity Net Worth noted that Mikkelsen has already amassed a net worth of $14 million for these works.
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But aside from a huge fortune, the actor also receives great praise from critics.
In fact, A. O. Scott of The New York Times said that in Hollywood, Mikkelsen has "become a reliable character actor with an intriguing mug." But in his home country, he’s “a star, an axiom, a face of the resurgent Danish cinema."
Mads Mikkelsen on His Role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Mikkelsen replaced Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore after allegations emerged that the latter physically and verbally abused his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
After Depp’s exit, director David Yates’ first choice was said to be Mikkelsen, per GQ Magazine.
At the time, after Depp lost his libel trial against The Sun and Warned Bros. pushed him to resign, there was an urgency to replace him overnight. From there, Mikkelsen entered the scene.
As he took on the role, Mikkelsen revealed his portrayal of Grindelwald as an “extension of Depp’s character, not a reset.”
He even likened it to his take of Anthony Hopkin’s Hannibal Lecter, saying, “To copy him would be creative suicide…We had to make it our own.”
He retained the “intellectual vanity” Depp injected into the character but made it more “respectable and empathetic,” bringing to life the “purely good” in him that Dumbledore (Jude Law) once saw.
With that said, it couldn’t be denied that Mikkelsen had perfectly portrayed the role of Grindelwald.
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