During The Game Awards 2016, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen was revealed to be in Kojima’s new game, Death Stranding. Now that this has been made official, Mikkelsen was asked about this in two separate interviews.
First of all, during an interview with IGN, Mikkelsen was asked what the appeal was working with this particular game and with Kojima. In response, Mikkelsen called Kojima the ‘Kasparov of video games’. “And such a visionary person.” he continued. “And it’s just something I’ve never crossed before, so it was a wonderful opportunity to dive into that world.”
In another interview, with website BirthMoviesDeath, he got a little more specific.
About the story, he said that ‘it’s very intricate’. “I mean, you know (Kojima). He’s a very brilliant man. I mean… the stuff he told me? I only understood some of it.” Part of that has to do with its uniqueness, Mikkelsen believes. “With Death Stranding, he’s creating something completely new.”
While he did not know Kojima by name, he was familiar with some of his work. “I also saw the trailer he had done with Norman Reedus, and I thought that was spectacular just from the standpoint of an actor. The emotion, the feeling of it, the sensuality in what he does.”
He said that while he had done some motion capture in the past, it was not as much as he’ll do for Death Stranding. “This is all in!” It’s very different from normal acting. “You’re alone, there’s nobody to interact with or react to. It’s just green screen and electronics. […] But once you get into that training, it’s really quite interesting.”
During the PSX panel, Kojima stated Mikkelsen’s character will serve as the game’s antagonist, or rival, with Norman Reedus’ character being the protagonist. At this point that’s all he’s revealing about the character.