‘Indiana Jones 5’: Mads Mikkelsen Says the Fifth Entry is Getting the Feel of ‘the Original Indy’

Get your whips and fedoras out because Indiana Jones is coming back soon. After the fourth Harrison Ford-led film was a disappointment for many fans, there is some skepticism surrounding Indiana Jones 5. However, Mads Mikkelsen, who has an undisclosed role in Indiana Jones 5, says the latest movie harkens back to the original. 

‘Indiana Jones’ is the pinnacle of adventure movies

Mads Mikkelsen, star of Indiana Jones 5, attends the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
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Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted in 1981 and is a collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas. The movie stars Harrison Ford as Indy who goes on an adventure to stop Nazis from uncovering the ark of the covenant. Raiders was a massive success and is still considered one of the best movies by Spielberg. 

Spielberg would also return to direct the sequels Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While Crystal Skull is often regarded as the worst of the franchise, the 2008 film is still the most successful, grossing over $790 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Many fans believe Indy should have hung up his whip after The Last Crusade, but Disney is still moving ahead with a fifth movie. 

Mads Mikkelsen says ‘Indiana Jones 5’ will bring back the spirit of the original

Mikkelsen has been a part of Star Wars, Marvel, and the Wizarding World. Now, he is joining the Indiana Jones franchise as well. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Mikkelsen says the creatives behind Indiana Jones 5 are going back to the original. 

“[Raiders of the Lost Ark] was one of my favorite films, and it just oozed that golden period of serials from the 1940s — and that’s in the fifth film as well,” Mikkelsen says. “They’re going heavily back to the first and second film and getting that original feel, the original Indy, something dense and epic.”

Director James Mangold (Ford V. Ferrari, Logan) is taking the helm from Spielberg for this fifth entry. However, Mikkelsen says Mangold is still able to capture the magic that Spielberg brought while also providing his own unique vision.

“It felt like a Spielberg film, though it’s obviously James making it with the same vision,” Mikkelsen said.

Mads Mikkelsen calls Harrison Ford a ‘very nice monster’


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Ford often gives off the personality of a grouch, but most people only have nice things to say about the actor. Ford, 79, was injured on the set of Indiana Jones 5, but Mikkelsen clears up any concerns as he was impressed by the actor’s physicality. 

“It was the first time I met him, and he’s an insanely powerful person,” Mikkelsen tells THR. “Not just as an actor, but physically. I remember the first day we were shooting, it was a night shoot, then we stopped at 5 a.m. — and then he got on his mountain bike and went biking for 50 kilometers [31 miles]. Harrison is a monster of a man, a very nice monster.”

Mikkelsen stars in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore which arrives in theaters on April 15.