Monster-Mania 28 Hannibal Q & A with Mads Mikkelsen and Katharine Isabelle - Part 2

Next we were treated to this Hannibal fan who stood up and said "Mads, this is for you"

Q: What is going on with incorporating Buffalo Bill in the mini-series? Can you comment?

A: He'll be in a sandwich one day.  I don't know, Brian is working on all the rights. So we will see if we can get the name in there, but I really want to see you on my table

Q: and one more question... Would You F me? Laughter erupts

A: American people are always ramping it up. The answer is Yes.

Q: Did you take cooking lessons?

A: I did take cooking lessons with a wonderful woman. She's Japanese, she's the one preparing all the food. She's fantastic. She is supervising and preparing all the food. She was the first person I met and she's a little like Buffalo Bill in the sense that's she is fantastic and enigmatic. I went into her house, and there was chicken bones hanging and drums and she was about to teach me how to cook. (Laughs) Then she taught me how to hold a knife properly. She is the one cooking, she is the one showing me how to chop and look cool when I do it, but eventually I am eating her food.


Q: I feel honored to be at your first convention, my question (to the audience) is I don't know if you have ever seen the movie Valhalla Rising?  What was it like to play a mute character when you are a like a silver tongue charmer guy?

A: In the beginning I was like, yeah cool bring it on. This is going to be a walk in the park, I don't have to learn my lines. We don't have to talk about any accents now, yeah cool. But after a couple of days, you take a very important tool away from an actor. Which is obviously for an actor their words. When that happened, I started fiddling around sitting around there, scratching my leg trying to make it natural when we realized you can't do that. You have to be something else. You have to be larger than life, a gorilla, an animal. Something that it does not react to reality. But it was quite difficult in the beginning, but after a while I started to embrace it and it was super cool when everyone else was coming home to learn lines, I was having a beer.

Q: For both: What's been the hardest scene to film so far?

A: Mads - I think in general the hardest scenes for any actor are the scenes that don't work. You know when a scene doesn't work it's terrible. We can search left and right, high and low and we can't find the answer and that's the hard thing. If a scene looks dramatically intense or emotional it doesn't actually have to be that hard. When it doesn't work it's hard. We have had a few of those, but not a lot because we have clever writing, and we're a good team who is solid together. But when it starts being difficult, to break it, it's hard. Which one? I can't remember. Maybe some of the dishes, at the last second they change Japanese to Ukrainan and you have to learn something new. It's like this isn't fun, and it's really not and you have to look on top of the situation. You've got Laurence Fishburne in there waiting for your dish, you better get it right. (He stumbles to say a dish name mockingly then says) It's a dish with a fish. I admit, this is the hard part. When it's well written it might look hard, but it's not necessarily the case.

A: Katharine - All of my scenes were with Mr. Mikkleson, Hugh Dancy or Michael Pipp so it was all fantastic and nothing was difficult about that. My most difficult scene was driving a $100,000 Tesla in two feet of snow,  in Toronto in six inch heels and a $17,000 fur coat and stopping six inches in front of $20,000 light and not smashing it. (Mads responds "That was the audition, right?") Giggles and says Yes that was my interview.

Q: Where there any episodes where you thought maybe we shouldn't go quite that far or maybe you should have gone further with the storyline?

A: You can never ask a Dane that question. We will always say "Go On!". I think that for NBC this is a brave brave move. I don't think they knew what hit them. I think Brian has pushed them to the limit. As we say in Denmark "He asked for a little finger, and took the whole arm". I think they woke up and realized this is ok, we can go ahead with this. I think we can always go further. I think there is also a fragile balance. Do you want to keep a little for the curiosity or put it in the face of the people. I think we have a very fine balance of something that is beautiful and very brutal as well, but if you ask me. Yeah always, always.

Q: Are you happy with what Hannibal has turned into?

A: I am super happy with what it has turned into. Honestly in the beginning I didn't get the job they asked me if I was interested so I had to do an audition before. Before the audition I was very reluctant for one reason because why? It's been done to perfection. Then I met Bryan Fuller and I had ten minutes with him and he was supposed to pitch the idea and in 3 hours he was in season 28 and he was so crazy and enigmatic and fantastic. I realized he was doing something else other than the books and the films. For that reason I said, that's a challenge. 

Q: It seems to me like such a risk?

A: Yeah but look at history. There has been a couple of guys that that have played Hannibal at different times and they were fantastic. So does that mean no one else can play Hannibal. You know what, it doesn't work like that. This is an iconic character, we want to see him again and we want to see him in this medium, which is a TV medium. Of course we can pick it up again, or there will only be one generation that saw Hamlet. Have you heard about Hamlet? I think that it's a smart move but it's still in the spirit of Hannibal.


*Spoiler Season Two Finale*Q: In the finale, Hannibal knows Will is lying to him. He asks Will to fess up, and Will doesn't. What do you think Hannibal would have done if Will fessed up?


A: If he admitted to doing the double cross, what would have happened? Is that what your asking? Are we spoiling anything for people who haven't seen it? (Woman whom asked question replies "They should have seen it already) Your Right. If he admitted, well in Hannibal's book you get one more chance and if he admitted, we will take it from there. Like the naughty teenager who smoked, alright we'll let it pass. It would have ended up differently, definitely. I gave him a chance and it was a very direct chance and he doesn't take it. It breaks my heart. What rascal kid he is.


Q: Hannibal is seen all over the world. It is seen in different seasons. London has just finished season two. Fans are afraid to get online to see any of the spoilers. Why is that? Why can't it be seen at the same time all over the world. 


A: Interesting question. I don't know. I think it may have to do with their own production in other countries. They may have slots for for certain things. If you take Denmark for example, they very strong television production right now so they are putting it in slots where they know it's gonna pay off and anything else goes somewhere else. You can have a film ready in two months, but it may not come out for a year. They are looking for the right slot and the right moment. But to be frank, I don't know the answer to that one. 

We have more to come. Yes, the Q&A didn't end here.

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