Mikkelsen: Kojima Is A Very Brilliant Man, He’s Creating Something Completely New


Hideo Kojima debuted the second Death Stranding trailer at The Game Awards 2016 last week and the star was undoubtedly Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish actor, already known for his past roles as Tristan in 2004's King Arthur and Le Chiffre in 2006's Casino Royale, became even more famous when he played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal.

Since then, Mikkelsen was featured in a number of major Hollywood movies. Most recently he starred as Doctor Strange's antagonist Kaecilius and later this month, we'll see him as Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Mikkelsen was interviewed by Birth.Movies.Death. on his role in Death Stranding. Interestingly, he confessed that he didn't quite understand all of it yet (he's not the only one) but that's because Kojima is a very brilliant man who's creating something entirely new.

No, but (laughs), it's very intricate. I mean, you know (Kojima). He's a very brilliant man. I mean ... the stuff he told me? I only understood some of it.

There was a lot of (mimes being baffled) "What?" I have to see it before I understand. Because with Death Stranding, he's creating something completely new.

[...] But I also saw the trailer he had done with Norman Reedus, and I thought that was spectacular just from the standpoint of an actor. The emotion, the feeling of it, the sensuality in what he does. Without even being a gamer, I was like, this is crazy, what he's doing. I loved it.

When the interviewer suggested that he'd like Kojima to actually direct movies, Mikkelsen interjected:

Well, in a way, he is making films. He's creating his own worlds. And he's letting us be the director, in a way.

The actor also mentioned in the interview that doing motion-capture for games is, in a way, the very opposite of acting since they are encouraged to do everything in "super slow-motion".

The open world action game Death Stranding is scheduled to launch for PlayStation 4 and later PC before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so either in 2018 or 2019. It's powered by Guerrilla's Decima Engine and also features the likes of Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus.