‘Death Stranding’: Mads Mikkelsen Talks Meeting Hideo Kojima, Differences In Acting For Video Game Vs. Films

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Mads Mikkelsen plays a character in Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding. Kojima Productions

Mads Mikkelsen had no idea who Hideo Kojima was or what he’d created until he asked his son. Spoiler alert: excitement ensued.

Mikkelsen appeared on a recent episode of HideoTube, brought to you by Kojima himself to discuss Death Stranding. The actor discussed his first meeting with Kojima and his experiences developing the game. The most endearing part of Mikkelsen’s interview was when he spoke about discussing the project with his son.

"[My] son knew him, knew his games. And when I told him I was gonna meet you he was like, 'Oh! I have to come with you!' But obviously he's a brilliant man and very, very nice, and it's just an honor to be part of this. It's something that I've never done before, and to do it straight in the super league is fantastic,” Mikkelsen said (via Games Radar ).

When your kid is excited about a project, there’s no way you’re turning it down. Mikkelsen went on to discuss his experiences on the motion capture set for Death Stranding. The actor was impressed by Kojima’s push for improvisation on set. Mikkelsen liked being able to contribute to developing his character.

"As I said before, it's a very interesting universe,” Mikkelsen said, referring to Death Stranding . “It's not story driven in the sense that we go from A to Z, like we do in a film. We can make up the background, but we don't necessarily have to, because it is out of time, out of space. It is in the moment. So I think the opportunity of doing things we've never done before, as you say, that is not necessarily linked to a psychological base, but it's based to the moment. It could be very interesting, which we normally don't do when we do characters.”

For what we can tell from the Death Stranding trailers, Mikkelsen is likely playing a villain in the video game. We don’t know much about his character, but we have faith in Kojima’s ability to create interesting storylines. Death Stranding is currently in development through an exclusive partnership with Sony.

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