Back in 2005, Mads Mikkelsen told he walked out of an audition for Fantastic Four. He auditioned for the role of Dr. Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic and in a new interview with Vulture, he revealed the experience he had in that audition in detail, and it included the actor pretending he had “80-foot-arms”. While the actor says that the audition was humiliating, it does make for an entertaining story.
Now, in a new interview, Mikkelsen shared more details about the audition, which included the actor being asked to imagine he had “80-foot arms.” All in all, Mikkelsen calls the audition “kind of humiliating,” but hey, it still makes for a pretty funny story.
“Some of the stuff was interesting, and other things were just like — this is where I felt you can completely lose your confidence as an actor. Standing in an office with a person who looks down at his paper, and you pretend you have long arms and say one line…I know a lot of casting is just first impressions — is there anything there that reminds the producer and the director of the character they’re looking for? But I find it rude to ask people to come into a room and say one line while pretending you have 80-foot arms like the rubber man. ‘Grab that cup of coffee over there’ — it’s like, Are you crazy? There’s not even a scene here. It was kind of humiliating.”
When previously talking about that part of the story, the actor said:
“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…I think I actually said, ‘I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong.’”