Mads Mikkelsen Revealed His “Humiliating” Audition For FANTASTIC FOUR

Mads Mikkelsen

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.

Mikkelsen says:

“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.’”

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