Mads Mikkelsen has hailed Johnny Depp as a “great actor” and speculated on the possibility of Depp returning to the Fantastic Beasts franchise following his legal victory over ex-wife Amber Heard.
The 56-year-old Danish actor, who is known for his roles in the James Bond film Casino Royale and the NBC series Hannibal, has replaced Depp, 59, to play Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
While speaking at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Mikkelsen described taking on the role from Depp as “very scary” and talked about the reason Depp left the film – his ex-wife defamation case.
He said: “Obviously, well, now the course has changed – he won the case, the court [case] – so see if he comes back. He can.
“I am a huge Johnny fan. I think he’s a great actor, I think he did a great job.
“Like I said, I can’t copy. There’s no way I can duplicate it, because it’s too much. That would be creative suicide.
“So we had to come up with something else, something that was mine, and build a bridge between him and me. So yeah, it’s scary.
“His fans are very, very sweet, but they are also very stubborn. I don’t have too much contact with them, but I can understand why they break their hearts.”
Depp won over Heard, 36, in a notorious legal battle in Fairfax County, Virginia, earlier this year.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star sued her former partner over a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse, which the laws His lawyer claimed to have accused him of being an abuser.
The actor’s representative said he lost his job opportunities and famous roles, such as being dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean series following the allegations.
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The jurors backed him up after a six-week trial.
Depp will now direct his first feature film in 25 years with Modi, about Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani.
He will co-produce the film alongside Hollywood great Al Pacino.
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