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Mads Mikkelsen Thinks His Rogue One Character Could Be Revisited Some Day

December 8, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Mads Mikkelsen spoke with IGN about his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Galen Erso, and potentially revisiting the role one day. Highlights are below:

On Galen’s appearance in Rogue One: “We don’t see him a lot; we get a feel of him. Obviously you could elaborate on a character like that for his own movie. The story (of Rogue One) is about his daughter, and for that reason he plays a sidekick in her life. If he had his own film it would be different.”

On potentially revisiting the role: “I think there’s an unlimited source to go back and tell those stories. I think people are curious about the Empire as well, to see some back story on the Empire. What kind of people are they? (Galen’s) family, his wife and daughter, we were part of the Empire – and we’re not monsters. So obviously there are (regular) people in there. And why do they do what they do? What do they believe in?”

On Galen’s participation in creating the Death Star: “He’s in a hot spot. He’s a genius scientist, and we’ve seen this before in history: You come up with something that can save the world, but often before that it can do the exact opposite of saving it; you can do what the Death Star does. So it’s a source of energy that can solve some problems, but it can also create some.”

On Galen’s love for his daughter being his weak point: “(Galen) lives under the impression that they have his daughter as a captor and that’s why he has to work for them. It’s a hypothetical dilemma, but would you sacrifice millions of people in order to save one, because it’s your daughter? It is a brutal choice. And obviously she’s not captured; she’s alive and she has the impression that her dad is working voluntarily for the dark side. And that’s a very terrible situation for any dad – that your daughter might think for the wrong reasons that you are with the Nazis instead of the good guys.”