Mads with passion
Zentropa’s A Royal Affair combines a royal romance with a good old fashioned scandal.
The only thing we love more than a royal romance is a good scandal — which is why we were especially excited to hear about Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, which combines both.
The Zentropa-produced film, set in 18th-century Denmark, centres on King Christian VII’s German physician Johann Struensee (played by Mads Mikkelsen), who had a passionate affair with the queen, fathering her child (now that would have made The King’s Speech more interesting).
“It’s the most romantic and dramatic film I’ve ever done,” Mikkelsen tells us from the set in the Czech Republic, where shooting has just wrapped, before he flies into Cannes to help TrustNordisk promote the film.
“It’s the biggest and most spectacular love story in the history of Denmark,” says the film’s executive producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen.
Of course if it happened today, we wouldn’t know about it because Struensee would have taken out a superinjunction.