It’s been a while since we talked about good ol’ Cheekbones McMurder—aka Mads Mikkelsen—on this, the august pages of the internet’s number one Michael Jackson fanzine. Luckily, an interview hit yesterday on ShortList that has just the blend of badass and weirdness that Mads fans have come to expect. I recommend reading the whole thing: He talks about food and how gymnasts are great arm wrestlers, which I don’t know why but I think are two things pretty well up our collective Pajiba alley. (That sounds wrong.) Here, on this Friday afternoon, are some choice morsels:
On his favorite Rihanna song and being in the “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video
I wasn’t really aware of who she was so I had to double-check with my kids. And they were screaming in my face: “You fucking moron! Don’t you know who she is?? If you don’t do this I’ll kill you.” So I’ve heard a few things. I think she varies a lot; she has a broad palette of different styles. But I have a soft spot for ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ because, after all, I am the bitch.
On M U R D E R
If it’s a passion thing, if it’s something you’re passionate about, you have to use your hands. There’s no way around it. A gun is out of the question. You’ve got to use your hands [if you’re going to kill someone].
“Please tell us something about [Benedict Cumberbatch] that’s unattractive.”
Unattractive? Besides the fact that he’s British?
He then goes on to say good things about Cumberbatch and how he has a “very nice odour.”
And finally, that time he was auditioning for Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot and he walked out.
I’ve had tons of them [bad auditions]. We’ve all been there. We all show up and it’s a little office room with a desk and some books and they want you to do a scene where you have two lines - maybe not even two lines - maybe just ‘Bleurgh!’ or ‘Get back!’ And you’re hiding behind a palm tree that’s not there. It’s like, ‘Guys, couldn’t you have picked a different kind of scene to this? This is fucking mad.’ You feel like an idiot… I think I walked out on the Fantastic Four one. I think I actually said, ‘I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong.’”