Mads Mikkelsen Calls Method Acting ‘Bullsh*t’ And ‘Pretentious’

Mads Mikkelsen has openly mocked method acting in an interview during the press junket of the new Fantastic Beasts movie.

When asked about method acting by GQ, Mikkelsen had the following to say:

It’s bullshit. But preparation you can take into insanity. What if it’s a shit film- what do you think you achieved? Am I impressed that you didn’t drop character? You should have dropped it from the beginning! How do you prepare for a serial killer? You gonna spend two years checking it out?”

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Mads Mikkelsen on Method Acting

He went on to discuss the idea of appearing alongside a method actor such as Daniel Day-Lewis, but wasn’t fond of the idea.

I would have the time of my life, just breaking down the character constantly. I’m having a cigarette? This is from 2020, it’s not from 1870- can you live with it? It’s just pretentious. Daniel Day-Lewis is a great actor. But it’s got nothing to do with this.”

Recently, Jared Leto came under fire for his method acting for the role of Morbius. People on set stated that he refused to walk to the bathroom normally, using crutches everywhere he goes. This led to severe delays in filming and up to an hour breaks in shooting every time Leto had to use the bathroom.

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