Mads Mikkelsen does a great job playing a villain, so I see why he was cast as Kaecilius in Doctor Strange. He’s so good at being bad! Thankfully Mads doesn’t mind being thought of for villain roles. He loves acting and is thankful that he gets to play these types of roles.


Here’s what Mads Mikkelsen had to share about working on Doctor Strange…


At the point of our interview, he had not yet seen the film

  • Mads spent 2 to 3 hours a day getting his make up done and while it was being done, he would just close his eyes and go over the scene for that day.


  • When asked how it felt to have his name cemented in Marvel universe and also the Star Wars Universe, Mads response was hilarious: “It seems appropriate.” He went on to say “No, it feels fantastic. I mean as a guy who started out acting 20 years ago back home, a late starter, I never imagined that I would work in America at all, a little less that I would work in a Marvel film. So, it feels as if I’m a very fortunate person.”


  • On how he taps into being a villain “Well, it’s, [LAUGHS] obviously it’s in the script somewhere. [LAUGHS] and you lean into the script. For me the script is always the most important tool, and from there I’ll develop the character with the director, of course.”
Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.
  • Christopher Walken is one of his favorite actors and a hero of his. He feels he has the ability to somehow make the villains likeable.


  • One of the hardest scenes to film was a fight scene that took about 3 weeks of fighting every day for 6 to 8 hours.


  • As far as preparing for the role, they were taught some basic martial arts.

Want to see what other Doctor Strange cast members had to say? Check out my interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Director Scott Derrickson.

More about Doctor Strange

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

*Hits theaters Nov. 4th!


*I was invited by Disney and Marvel to attend a press junket covering Doctor Strange. All opinions are my own.