|I'm the baddie, yeah. It was
truly amazing. It was really fun for me, first of all because one of my
best friends played the villain "Little Finger" in one of the
Bond films so he was the first guy I called to say that I got the role. I
got to rub it in that now I was the bad guy and he hated it!
There were so many actors in the
running for Bond, but from what we have already seen, it looks like he was
the right choice.
I am telling you here and now, he is perfect! I can see Daniel carrying on
the Bond legacy for many more years.
How did you like working with him?
He's been around for so many years, so he knows what he is doing. Plus the
guy is in his late 30s, so he's not a rising star who will get caught up
in the hype and trust me, he is going to be enormous after this opens.
He's looking at it as work. I think that he is going to be perfect; he is
going to be "THE" Bond, definitely.
I can't even imagine the pressure put
upon Daniel Craig to deliver the goods.
It's almost like having a new president. Everybody's got an opinion of him
and even more so this time around because he was blond. That was a big
problem. I don't know how he dealt with that.
I don't want you to tell me too much about the film, but can you fill
us in on your character Le Chiffre?
Well, as far as bad guys go, I'm the main guy in the sense that I am
running my own show. Of course, there are other people around who have
their own agenda. I think, the parallel between Bond and Le Chiffre is
that Bond might have second thoughts about what his place in the world is,
what he really wants to do. Le Chiffre has none. He knows exactly what
he's doing, and if Bond learns anything from Le Chiffre, it's that we have
bad guys out there.
So, how "bad" are you?
I'm pretty bad. I'm not a mad scientist. I'm not taking over the world or
anything but I'm in it for the money. Le Chiffre is a cynic and pretty
sneaky. The whole thing is slightly more realistic. We've tried to bring
James Bond into 2006, but I still have a strange eye and he's still Bond,
but slightly more greedy.
I always think that it must be so much
more fun for an actor to really let loose and play bad.
Yes, it's always fun to play the bad guy but I have to say that Bond is
also bad. He's one of the interesting good guys, you know. He's got his
dilemma; he's not doing the right thing all the time. So we've got two bad
guys in this film.
Did you have to prepare in any way to
play Le Chiffre?
I had to learn how to look like a real poker player. There is an art to it
you know, handling your chips, handling your cards, handling your bluffs.
The way you just sit at a table. Just hang out at a casino and watch
professional card players, it's amazing what you can learn.
You've been named the "Sexiest
Man Alive" in Denmark for the last 10 years. How do you deal with
What can I say? I have to live with it. Seriously though, I deal pretty
easily with it. I became an actor when I was 30 and I became fairly famous
in Denmark when I was 35. The day before I became "famous" I was
not hot; I was not sexy in anybody's eyes so I know how to handle these
things. I mean its very flattering, but when you become famous you get
those titles. If I was 17 I might look at it in a different way or have a
problem with it, but now I take it with a grain of salt.
Are you interested in other big
Hollywood franchise-type movies or are you happy doing smaller budget
movies back home?
I'll take whatever work comes my way. When I was a kid, my favorite movies
to watch were James Bond films, so being in this movie is a huge thrill
for me. I love being in these big films but I would also love to be part
of the independent, low-budget films so I don't think I have to choose at
all. If I can do both I'm happy.