Mads Mikkelsen did an interview with Collider this week to talk about Doctor Strange and the end of Hannibal, AKA the best horror show on television of late. Hannibal was canceled after its third season on NBC, but many, including its fervent fanbase (termed “Fannibals”), have speculated that it might come back in one way or another.
Of continuing into a fourth season, Mikkelsen, who played the titular cannibal, said that if the opportunity presented itself the cast and crew are definitely in. He said that creator Bryan Fuller (the unsung hero of television with credits like Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me to his name) had already thrown around a couple ideas for the beginning of a new season. In terms of the format, Mikkelsen would rather see a full season than a wrap-up movie.
“I think the way that we’ve worked so far has been thriving on the pace that we had,” he said. “We did not have to tell stories really fast or develop characters really fast. It could have its own pace, and I think that suits the show tremendously. I have a hard time seeing a film that could wrap that up, but never say never. As a magician, [Fuller] might pull that out of his sleeve.”
Despite the cancellation due to poor ratings, Mikkelsen still sees the show as a success—which it was critically and among viewers—saying, “But having said that, the success for me was that I am very proud of it. I haven’t seen anything on television that looked like that or felt like that, or where the actors had freedom like that.”
Like most Fannibals, Mikkelsen ships Hannigram, and has become “very, very, very good friends” with Hugh Dancy, who played Will Graham on the show.
“Will Graham was [a soulmate] for him,” Mikkelsen said. “It was just a matter of time, how long it would take before he could reveal himself.”
He’s also a huge fan of the trademark fantastical visuals of the show. He described one of his favorites as: “I remember when Will Graham was in jail and Alana Bloom was visiting him, at one point, and she leaned in, almost like a dream sequence, to kiss him and she morphed into this creature. That was so over-the-top, but also so beautiful. It’s one of my favorite moments in the show.”
Mikkelsen described how he ended up walking off with one of his costumes.
“In this case, I stole one of the very beautiful suits,” he said. “I stole a grey and red suit. And after a week, I got a phone call because the production really wanted to give me one of the suits as a gift and they asked me which one I would like. I said, ‘The grey and red one,’ and they said, ‘We’ll send it to you.’ I said, ‘That’s okay, I already have it.’ So, that turned out really well. I didn’t turn out to be a thief.”