Before Ryan Gosling came along, you’d worked with Mads Mikkelsen a few times before…
"I’ve been very lucky. I’ve worked with the three best actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling."
Would you say Gosling is your current ‘muse’, if that’s the right word?
"I think we’re very similar in many ways. So it’s been very easy to work together."
Does Mads Mikkelsen feel like a jilted ex-lover now?
"Well, the thing is me and Mads started out together. [Pusher] was my first movie, his first movie. He’s fantastic. He’s just a magnificent, magnificent actor. He’s a real, real star. He has the magnetism of David Beckham…”
Who you directed on a commercial recently…
"Yeah, I just worked with him. He was absolutely terrific. Absolutely terrific. I’m not a football guy and couldn’t care less about it. But as a performer, he was terrific. And Tom was great. What he did in Bronson was magnificent. It was a tour de force of every possible thing you could do with one character. I’ve been very lucky to have this opportunity of working with Mads, Tom and Ryan.” [x]