Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Mads Mikkelsen

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Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Mads Mikkelsen

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | July 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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:




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  • Eve

    Eh, don't understand why Mads Mikkelsen would need a "for your consideration" post.

    He's been on my "forever list" for quite some time now.

  • Jezzer

    What's with all the pictures of Nancy Kulp?

  • AshBookworm

    Ballet? That explains the legs! If Jilly Cooper's Rutshire Chronicles are ever adapted for TV or film, he would be perfect for Alexei Nemerovsky.

  • JPB

    Mads for new Bruce Wayne

  • Zombietroy

    I'd like to see him as the new Man with No Name in a western or two...

  • luthien26

    YES. A thousand times yes. That is one delicious Danish... actor if I ever saw

  • Maguita NYC

    Would tempt anyone into quitting a low-carb diet.

  • trixie

    I really want that bra holster now. Wonder if it holds a revolver?
    Also, I agree that he looks much hotter to me in tee and jeans than a suit!

  • e jerry powell

    He looks a little bit like Liam Neeson knocked up Viggo Mortenson. Or maybe it was Skarsgard.

  • King Push

    He's my dream pick for Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

  • Zombietroy

    Mads as Damphair would be f@#%ing awesome.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    I want him to do terrible things to me. I MEAN...what? Excuse me.

  • Kate at June

    Oh my lear Lord.
    I never understood the thing for him because I only saw him on Hannibal/only in suits, and I don't know--on him they actually don't do it for me.

    But those T-shirts. holy fuck.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I agree! I don't find him attractive at all in the suits. But Clash of the Titans and the dirty/scruffy pix, much better.

  • P

    would love to see him Game Of thrones. probably wont happen since Hannibal got picked up for the second season

  • Ballz

    Where are his teeth?

  • annie

    And whatever you do, don't watch King Arthur. (Though my bff has had a thing for him ever since then. She always goes for the crazy one...)

  • This man needs a guest spot on the Vikings. Lusty Norse warrior roles just agree with him.

  • Maguita NYC

    Mads all gruff with a sword... nguh.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Also, can we talk about how this fucker has no beer gut, despite loving beer? Can we?

  • Natallica

    Hot DAMN. I... I just.. sorry, I can't speak right now

  • Pants-are-a-must

    You will never watch "Hannibal" the same way, knowing this is under the suits.

  • Kala

    Holy crap. I need to start watching "Hannibal."

  • Natallica

    He can rock BOTH Hannibal's suits and a Ramones t-shirt. I DON'T NEED TO "CONSIDER" ANYTHING, PAJIBA, DAMMIT!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    For me, he's not just a Pajiba 10 candidate, he's number-fucking-ONE on that list. Goddamn he is fine.

  • Less Lee Moore


  • $27019454

    As with VIGGO, it has everything to do with the shape of that mouth. That. Mouth.

    Also, is anyone else seeing a hint of that feral-feline thing -- a la an early Christopher Walken? They , uh, move similarly. Sort of prowl-y.

    But even this dish of delicious man is not enough to get me to watch Hannibal. And that's saying a lot because I am 100 percent slut.

  • BWeaves

    I posted my other comment before reading the rest. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks Mads looks like Aragorn and Christopher Walken had a baby.

  • emmalita

    A delicious dangerous baby.

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  • emmalita

    Who wants ice cream?

  • emmalita

    Also like Viggo - he looks really good dirty.

  • koko temur

    you two.... Can i call you dirty sluts as a compliment, or is it rude when directed towards strangers on the interwebs?
    because yes, mud wrestling between Viggo and Mads. Yes.

  • $27019454

    Given this context I would be offended if you did NOT call me a slut. I embrace my sluthood. ;}

  • koko temur

    Me too! Proud of it even! And getting older thing too. Yay us! Dirty, old, slutty us.
    Those things are closely related too. The older i get, the more deliciously perverted i get, while not giving a fuck of what others may think. Fuck being 20, this shit is great.

  • emmalita

    If I embroidered, I would put that on a sampler.

  • emmalita

    Context is everything. :)

    We would all be the winners if that match happened.

  • $27019454

    Quick tack over to a question: Your icon of Linda Evans from Dynasty? What gives? One year my sister gave me a dynasty calendar for Christmas and I cut out the bighuge picture of Crystal Carrington and put it all over thehouse at inopportune times and places for the rest of the year: In her bed, poking out onto the pillow with a speech balloon saying, "I've been waiting for youuuu." In the shower, with a speech balloon saying, "There's a spot I just can't reach..." I drove her nuts. We had a very enjoyable hate-on for Crystal that lasted years...

  • emmalita

    A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by a post I doubt anyone saw. One of my favorite true stories is the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic. His daughter was arrested because she pulled a gun out of her bra and threatened a security officer. I have long wondered about the logistics of keeping a gun in your bra. How big could the gun be? What would you be wearing that would both disguise a gun in your cleavage and allow easy access. When I was speculating about this, it was pointed out that the fashion of Dynasty was the only thing that would really work. In a fit of inspiration I found a picture of Crystal in an appropriately low cut gown.

  • koko temur

    well if the dirty slut thing hadnt convinced me already that we are twinsies, this would. I like pondering what is the largest thing i can carry in my bra unnoticed too.

  • $27019454

    My enormous rack, that's what I can carry in my bra.

  • emmalita

    I believe it was Lowercase Ryan who introduced me to this:

  • koko temur

    dont tell me you never put a lipstick or a set of keys there when you had no pockets or hands full

  • emmalita

    The bigger the corsage and the deeper the decolletage the more you can store.

  • koko temur

    this seems counter intuitive.. How can you store things where there is no fabric to conceal it?

    * but if you are willing to expand the scope of the enquiry, i think the best place ever to hide a gun is on your hip under a 50's style skirt.

  • As a dude, my conceal/carry options are a lot more open, but if I was a chick, I would definitely consider one of these:

  • emmalita

    I love it. But I still think being able to reach in from the side would be a more natural draw.

    There's also this option: http://dailygunpictures.blogsp... But that's a lot of handle banging in to your boob. I am amused and horrified that they made a leopard print holster. I blame The Double Standard. That guy is the worst.

  • emmalita

    There are people who know this much better than I. But if you're storing something in your bodice you probably want enough structure to create storage space around the boobs, and you're going to want to access the stored goods quickly, which is hard to do with a conservative bodice. A corsage or some sort of flourish that camouflages the extra bulk would also be welcome. Sadly, when I had the opportunity to learn this stuff I disliked the assumption that ovaries necessitated I learn to sew. I regret that now.

    And yes, you can conceal a lot of fire power under a poodle skirt.

  • Maguita NYC

    The shit you learn on this site always amazes me.

  • $27019454

    DAMMIT. Yes.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Adam's Apples is one of my favourite films.
    Now there's a black comedy.

  • emmalita


  • Mrs. Julien

    I was hoping for the dancing gif!

  • $27019454

    I just got thru commenting about a similarity to Walken...and I see the dancing gif now. Is that the thing? Is he a dancer in some other life or just really good at convincing me to tango?

  • Anni

    He actually started out as a dancer, I believe. Ballet if I remember correctly.

  • Yes, he did.

  • koko temur

    That explaines those fine, fine legs.
    Damn it, where is Maguita NY when you need her and her superior googling skills. Maguitaaaaaa!!! We need pics of Mads in tights over here!

  • Maguita NYC

    There I was siesting after a long w/e of ... when all of a sudden, my right ear starts ringing like Madd, and my smutty senses started Mikkelsin' like crazy.

    I go to Pajiba, and realize that my friends are in need. There you go Koko, feast!

  • koko temur

    seriously, you are just better than anyone in image search. Pretty sure some illigal activities are involved but i want plausible deniability.

    Do you have anything of him in ballet tights? Mid jump maybe? And only if you have the time, a pic of a horse smoking a pipe or wearing a mountie uniform?
    ( I JUST NEED IT, OK?!)

  • Maguita NYC

    But where are the tights!

  • That's as close as I could get.

  • Maguita NYC

    No pictures in ballet tights, but I did find this berrrry interesting bideo.

    Keep an eye on the dancer in black with the red neck scarf. Happy Monday Pajiba!

  • Less Lee Moore

    I love how he had to hold that dorky guy's mic. When he's so obviously superior. Humph.

  • koko temur

    holy shit, Maguita. you never dissapoint. Its like a superpower of yours. "she keeps in the shadows, too humble to take credit... But whenever masturbatory aid is needed - MAGUITA NYC!!"

  • Maguita NYC

    Woaaaa! Please keep the masturbatory aids away for the following.

    Found a lot of horses smoking cigars and cigarettes, but only one horse smoking a pipe:[term]=Pipe%20Smoking%20Horse&filters[primary]=images&filters[secondary]=videos&sort=1&o=0

  • koko temur

    no, i needed that for a pet project. And its exactly what i needed, thanks! i swear, ive been looking for something like that for a good few days, and iept thinking to myself "damn, Maguita could fund it under a minute, i wish i could ask her". Until i gave up and asked you.

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  • emmalita

    I had never seen the dancing gif before. My world is a little bit shinier.

  • koko temur

    I think that the sexiest thing about him, to me at least, is that he isnt afraid to age. The little wrinkles around his eyes, the grey in his hair and on his chest, all add to his appeal, not deminish it. Like old scars on an tiger, evidence of battles won and experience gained.

  • Maguita NYC

    Exactly this! So many Hollywood actors should follow his lead. I find the more wrinkles he gets, the more fascinating he becomes.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    It helps that he's totally turning into a silver fox.

  • $27019454

    I am not afraid to age(mostly cuz the alternative sux) but I'll never be able to rock the creases the way this guy does. So I content myself with being grateful that some look so good whilst doing it (aging).

  • Protoguy

    Valhalla Rising... Guess I need to watch Hannibal now.

  • Moriquenya

    His "Tristan" was the reason I bought the sucky "King Arthur" DVD. Well, all the other eye candy didn't hurt either. ;)

  • Pants-are-a-must

    One of my friends' mom (yes, her MOM), refers to Tristan as "that Aragorn not in LotR," which I think is pretty damn justified, because HOT.

  • emmalita

    There are two things I remember about Antoine Fuquas' shitshow King Arthur - my intense feelings of betrayal and rage, and being captivated by Mads Mikkelsen. Fun fact - Hugh Dancy was in that shitshow, too. Totally not worth watching the movie just for him (or them).

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Not only Hugh Dancy was in that shitshow, he became such good friends with Mads, that he consequently was the one to recommend him for the role of Hannibal Lecter. BOOM.

  • emmalita

    Edited: The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Hannibal totally makes King Arthur having happened worthwhile. If you haven't watched it, I still can't recommend it, but MM and HD are wonderful together on Hannibal. I'm really pulling for them to make it work.

  • $27019454

    Ray Winstone!

    (Still not worth watching)

  • Morgan_LaFai

    I actually quite liked King Arthur, not cause it was any good or anything like that, but because it washed the taste of the substantially shittier epic of that year, Troy, from my mouth.

  • emmalita

    I leave room for eye of the beholder. I walked out of King Arthur, I hated it so intensely. Training Day and The Replacement Killers had given me expectations that King Arthur was going to be a much better movie than it was. I expected Troy to be what it was - a not great, lumbering parade of scantily clad pretty.

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  • Rocabarra

    And if you aren't already smitten enough, you must watch A Royal Affair. You will love him so much it hurts.

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  • BWeaves

    YES, A Royal Affair. That was my first introduction to Mads.

    He's like Aragorn and Christopher Walken had a baby.

  • $27019454

    LOOK at all the kindred spirits here on Pajiba in this post today!!

  • BuffyloGal

    Recently made an instant on Netflix as well.

  • emmalita

    Yes! I had looked for it before. It's on my q now and will be watched in the next few hours.
    ETA: or, you know, now.
    ETA 2: Very excellent, but shamefully little Mikkelsen nudity.
    ETA 3: A good solid movie, excellent performances and all kinds of beauty to look at. Mikkelsen was amazing and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard was heart-breaking as Christian VII.

  • Maguita NYC

    Little is always better than none; Gets the engine purring...

  • emmalita

    Well, they showed me her ass, why can't I see his?

  • The Double Standard

    Because of me.

  • emmalita

    Curse you, Double Standard!!!!!!!!!!!!

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