Mikkelsen's breakthrough and his longest running role was as a sensitive policeman in Niels Arden Oplev's Danish television series Rejseholdet (Unit One) (2000–2003) for which he won the 2002 Best Actor Award from Tv The series' 32 episodes stretched over four years.Mikkelsen became more widely known internationally for his role as Tristan in Jerry Bruckheimer's production King Arthur (2004), but is best known worldwide for playing the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the twenty-first James Bond film, Casino Royale (2006).He has since become known for his roles as Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen's French film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2008) and his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award-winning role as Lucas in the 2012 Danish film The Hunt.He also won best actor for this performance at the Rouen Nordic Film Festival in 2003.In 2003, Mikkelsen had a leading role as a man who leaves his wife and child in the short picture Nu.In 2012, he was voted the Danish American Society's Person of the Year. Scott of The New York Times remarked that in the Hollywood scene, Mikkelsen has "become a reliable character actor with an intriguing mug" but stated that on the domestic front "he is something else: a star, an axiom, a face of the resurgent Danish cinema".
We do have a lot of fun, even though we’re digging down into material in the darkest places of humanity. A: “Taxi Driver.” It was the first film where I came out not having an answer, but a lot of questions.Set in the American West in the 1870s but shot in South Africa by Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring, it is a movie that’s a worthy addition to the Mikkelsen canon, which includes his turn as a villain in Daniel Craig’s first Bond film, “Casino Royale”; a Cannes best actor prize for his portrayal of a child molester suspect in “The Hunt”; and his chilling portrayal as Hannibal Lecter in the NBC TV series “Hannibal.” The Chronicle talked to Mikkelsen, 49, who was at home in Copenhagen, by phone. This is one of the stories of how America was created — by numerous crowds of Europeans who moved there — Italian, Spanish, Danish or French. It was an enormous country, and obviously you could not keep the law everywhere. Q: Speaking of violence, the recent shootings in Copenhagen (by a Muslim extremist at a free speech rally) must have rattled nerves there. (Mikkelsen began dating his wife in 1987; they married in 2000 and have two children.) A: I go to the pub, hang out with my family — that’s pretty much it. The smallest little injury stays with you for so long. I’m always ready to do something that hurts a little!The following year, he gained wider popularity when he starred in the gay comedy Shake It All About (2001).In 2002 Mikkelsen had a starring role as a young doctor who falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his patients in Open Hearts which earned him both Robert and Bodil nominations in 2003 for best actor.