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Mads Mikkelsen Lost Confidence In Acting After "Humiliating" Fantastic Four Audition

Mads Mikkelsen read for the part of Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic in the 2005 movie 'Fantastic Four'.

Mads Mikkelsen described his audition for the 2005 movie Fantastic Four as "rude" and "humiliating". 

The 55-year-old actor — who has gone onto appear in James Bond, Star Wars and Marvel franchises over the years, as well as the title role in Hannibal — ended up trying out for the role of Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic, in the 2005 film, but it didn't go as he'd hoped.

He told Vulture: "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."

The Mister Fantastic role eventually went to Ioan Gruffudd, who starred alongside Jessica Alba (Invisible Girl), Chris Evans (Human Torch) and Michael Chiklis (The Thing) in the movie as well as its 2007 sequel, both directed by Tim Story. 

Mikkelsen revealed his agent was keen on him to capitalise on his 2006 Casino Royale role as villain Le Chiffre.

He added: "I got an American agent and it was like, 'Okay, so you did a Bond film. Now things are happenings.

"Move over there and spend some time and do all the meetings and the chitchat and some auditions.

"I never had the chance to think about whether it was a film I wanted to be in or not, I just did them all."

However, he admitted the Fantastic Four audition was one of the moments that resulted in him losing some "confidence as an actor".

He added: "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." — BANG SHOWBIZ

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