Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Mads Mikkelsen
If there's one thing I love about the Pajiba 10, it's that we stray the beaten path; we embrace imperfection. And unlike the tabloid versions of sexiest persons alive!, we need some brain crushing to go with that crooked smile or that sadness behind the lazy eye. When first I heard rumblings of Bryan Fuller and NBC doing a television show about Hannibal Lecter, my interest was piqued--but it wasn't until a certain Danish delight came on board that my senses went into overdrive: Mads (the "d" is nearly silent) Mikkelsen? Oh yes, my friends, oh yes.
His eyes and expression are able to convey what so many others need words to express; hell, he really only needs One Eye:
But oh, the things he can do with two...
Countryman and director Nicolas Winding Refn launched both his and Mikkelsen's careers with his debut film, 1996's Pusher; Pusher II put Mads front and center and he won him Denmark's Best Actor award. The two further collaborated on Bleeder and later, Valhalla Rising (Winding Refn has said he and Mads will revisit One Eye in a future film).
Though he was a hit at home--starring in a long running television show (Rejseholdet) for which he won Best Actor--most of us didn't catch onto his cool demeanor and fine angles until his Le Chiffre took on Daniel Craig's Bond in Casino Royale.
And 2010's Clash of the Titans, in which he played Draco, Captain of the King's guard (and he of fine legs):
In the span of only a few "Hannibal" episodes, Mads has put his own devilish spin on (his idea) a well-loved literary and film character, and turned himself into a household name. He cooks, he wears the hell out of suit, he kills, he serves and eats. We drool (over him).
Go ahead, take another moment to ponder...
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of experiencing the many sides of Mads, I highly recommend catching his warm, emotional side in After the Wedding, his contemplative and kickass turn as a resistance fighter in Flame and Citron (on Netflix instant), and his heartbreaking performance (Best Actor at Cannes 2012) as a nursery school teacher in Thomas Vinterberg's completely devastating film, The Hunt (on DVD in the UK, in US theaters July 12th).
Ladies, Gentleman and everyone in between, I give you Mads Mothereffin Mikkelsen: