Great actors are often defined by their ability to become their characters. Gary Oldman, a chameleon-like actor, is underrated because audiences don't even realize the same man played both the obsessive terrorist in "Air Force One" and the calculating but subdued cold war agent, George Smiley, in the remake of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." Enter Dane Mads Mikkelson who is similarly convincing in a wide array of roles. He played a driven resistance fighter in the stylish "Flame and Citron," a period piece that took place in Copenhagen 1944. Then he played Le Chiffre, one of the creepier bad guys to face James Bond. Mikkelsen was also in the indecipherable "Valhalla Rising," an existential Viking tale where he played a captive forced to fight to the death for his owner's entertainment. More recently he was in "Royal Affair" another historical drama. His character Johann Struensee was a doctor in the court of King Christian VII in Denmark. Mikkelsen gave great depth to his character making the doctor both passionate and compassionate in a time of upheaval. Mikkelsen is attractive in an unconventional way. He also has a muscular physique, but has yet to become the next action hero. Most importantly, he's talented enough to be convincing as every character: reformer, fighter, arms dealer, spy.
--Cindy F., Headquarters