Mads Mikkelsen urges caution when it comes to the JK Rowling gender controversy

Mads Mikkelsen said people should be “very careful” when speaking about the controversy surrounding JK Rowling’s views on gender if they know what they are talking about.

Critics have accused the Harry Potter author of being transphobic, a claim she staunchly denies.

Danish actor Mikkelsen, who plays evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in upcoming film Fantastic Beasts, addressed the issue in an interview with GQ Hype.


Author JK Rowling (Ian West/PA)

He said, “People treat it a little lightly, like, ‘Isn’t that a shame?’ And every time you ask someone, you can’t really understand what she said.

“But when the reaction is that crazy, we have to be very careful that we know what we’re talking about.”

In June 2020, Rowling wrote an essay explaining how her experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault motivated her in part to speak out on transgender issues.

Mikkelsen, 56, said he hadn’t read the 5,000-word blog and was unfamiliar with her views.

He added, “I have a habit of not commenting on things I don’t know about, and I actually think that would please the whole world.”


Johnny Depp left the production and was replaced by Mikkelsen (Yui Mok/PA).

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Mikkelsen recently took on the role of Grindelwald from Johnny Depp, who left the Harry Potter prequel series after losing a High Court fight against the Sun newspaper over an article that called him a “wife beater”.

The actor, whose credits include Bond villain Le Chiffre and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal was later revealed to be Depp’s successor.

Recalling the urgency with which the producers approached him for the role, he said, “Obviously there was a situation that needed to be resolved overnight … They just panicked.”

The Secrets Of Dumbledore, the latest film in the magical franchise, pits the evil wizard Grindelwald against Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore for the future of the wizarding world.

It hits theaters on April 8th.

Read the full interview in GQ Hype. Mads Mikkelsen urges caution when it comes to the JK Rowling gender controversy

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