The famous actress described the process of being involved in the film as a “messy” experience.
Johnny Depp, who starred as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was forced to leave the cast of the film after allegations of violence were brought to the table against his wife. Warner Bros. Depp, who was prompted by the film to leave the film, had previously starred in a scene being filmed for the third film.
After this resounding split, the role of Grindelwald went to Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen, who joined the audience in Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, which hit theaters last Friday, as Grindelwald spoke about the process of being involved in the film and acknowledging Johnny Depp in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter substitute.
The famous actor explained that the film’s casting process was “messy” and said he only had two days to decide whether to replace Depp. Mikkelsen, who had to make a quick decision not to interfere with the shooting process, said after seeing the first two films and reading the third film’s script, he thought it was a “hairy story.”
Mikkelsen said of the portrayal of Grindelwald, a character who had previously been interpreted in a certain way: “They don’t want to copy what Depp does, it’s creative suicide. Even if the role is portrayed perfectly, you want to make it your own. But still, “You have to build some kind of bridge between you and what happened before,” he said.
Director David Yates, who found Mikkelsen’s acting range “extraordinarily wide” and described his presence in the film as “terrifying, vulnerable and sexy”, also urged the actor to portray the character differently: “I want Mads to discover a version of Grindelwald , which fits his strengths as an actor. I wanted – and that inevitably meant ending what Johnny put in the role.”
Mikkelsen said he wanted to continue playing the role of Gridelwald, Warner Bros. He decided to evaluate the third film’s box office performance before continuing the Fantastic Beasts franchise. “Dumbledore’s Secrets” had the lowest starting gross of the series, so it’s unclear whether the series, which was planned for a total of five films, will continue.