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Mads Mikkelsen: with Drunk, “Thomas Vinterberg wanted to provoke an electroshock”


INTERVIEW – The Danish director has offered his compatriot the role of a worn-out fifty-something history teacher who decides to live daily with 0.5 grams of alcohol in his blood.

Mads Mikkelsen, here in “Drunk”: “There are so many beautiful situations in life where, after having had a drink, everything seems perfect!  Beyond a certain limit, that's another story! ”
Mads Mikkelsen, here in “Drunk”: “There are so many beautiful situations in life where, after having had a drink, everything seems perfect! Beyond a certain limit, that’s another story! ” High and Short

With his powerful physique and his mysterious air, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (55) has been pursuing a double film career for several years. On the one hand, he has a series of blockbusters (he was James Bond’s enemy in Casino Royale). But the most interesting aspect of his career is found in the auteur films he signs with filmmakers such as Nicolas Winding Refn (Push, The Silent Warrior) or Thomas Vinterberg (The hunt and Drunk). In Drunk, the director of Festen offers him the role of a fifty-year-old history teacher, worn out, who decides to experiment with living daily with 0.5 grams of alcohol in his blood …

LE FIGARO. – Don’t you find there is something subversive in Thomas Vinterberg’s film?

Mads MIKKELSEN. – Indeed. Even if Drunk evokes the transmission between teachers and students, the way we regain self-confidence, how we awaken love and freedom through drunkenness, there is always in Thomas Vinterberg

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