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Mads Mikkelsen on Johnny Depp’s Potential Fantastic Beasts Return

Mads Mikkelsen addresses Johnny Depp’s possible return for a potential Fantastic Beasts 4 movie. Depp made his debut in J.K. Rowling’s live-action Wizarding World franchise with a cameo role as Gellert Grindelwald in David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and later starred in the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Depp was also primed to reprise his role for the third movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. But in November 2020, WB asked the actor to resign after he lost a libel case against the U.K. tabloid, The Sun, which labelled him a ‘wife beater’ amid an ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. In the same month, Hannibal star Mikkelsen replaced him.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in March 2022, turning out to be a commercial and critical disappointment. However, Mikkelsen emerged as a scene-stealer, garnering praise for his standout and considerably unique performance as the dark wizard. Meanwhile, Depp’s lawsuit against Heard proved successful, with the seven-member jury in Virginia ruling the allegations of sexual abuse and domestic violence untrue. A fourth film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has yet to be greenlit, but Depp’s recent victory in the defamation case against Heard has led many to wonder if he would return to take his role as Grindelwald back from Mikkelsen.

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Now, in a new interview with Deadline, Mikkelsen has opened up on whether Depp could return as Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts 4. As the actor notes, he is unsure of any updates, but considering the legal developments, there is a chance that Depp could return to the franchise. Mikkelsen, however, is not averse to the idea. He calls himself “a big fan of Johnny” and recounts his experience stepping into his shoes. Read what he said below.

“It was very intimidating. Obviously, well, now the course has changed—he won the suit, the court [case]—so let’s see if he comes back. He might. I’m a big fan of Johnny. I think he’s an amazing actor, I think he did a fantastic job. Having said that, I could not copy it. There’s there was no way I could just copy it, because it’s so much him. It 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, yes, it was intimidating. His fans were very, very sweet, but they were also very stubborn. I didn’t interact too much with them, but I could understand why they had their hearts broken.”

Grindlewald pointing his want at someone in Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer

Although the legal troubles surrounding Depp have, at least, been partially resolved, it doesn’t necessarily mean he could return as Grindelwald in a future Fantastic Beasts film. Depp might not want to collaborate again with WB considering the lack of support he faced from the libel case. Additionally, Mikkelsen’s villainous Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore turn has been widely appreciated, so replacing him now that Depp is available would be a major contempt of the former’s talents. Finally, recasting Grindelwald again would just leave viewers utterly confused. Counting Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves among the recasts, Grindelwald has already been changed thrice between the movies, so giving the role back to Depp would unsettle the inconsistent franchise even more.

Clearly, Mikkelsen has a lot of respect and regard for Depp’s body of work; he deeply honors his performance as Grindelwald, and that’s why he did not try to replicate his act. Rather, he added his own spin to the character to keep the legacy of Depp’s work alive while offering a fresh perspective to the beloved Wizarding World villain. Mikkelsen has already made his stamp on the character, and aside from a few critics, viewers have generally embraced his darker and more unhinged antagonist. While bringing Depp back for a potential sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore might please a few of his social media commentators, it would greatly disrupt any sense of cohesion in the films while doing a great disservice to both the stars involved. Depp has already signed to direct an Al Pacino movie, and he also stars in La Favorite, while Mikkelsen has settled well into his role as Grindelwald. So it may be better to leave things as is rather than force changes onto the franchise and end up making things messier.

Source: Deadline

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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