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“I needed to have good stamina,” Mikkelsen says, “because it was going to be very challenging." A knee operation prevented him running, so he cycled to get fit, and create the image they were after. “We didn’t want me to beef up and look like a bodybuilder because, obviously, the food these people were eating was not that healthy. So we went for that skinny, half-dead, half-alive person look. I had one eye, I couldn’t see anything, and it was just holes everywhere, and everybody was just struggling. And once we’d get there, you’d take your close-up and start fighting..." Adding to their woes was the midge population which would sometimes obscure the actors’ faces so completely they could only shoot, according to Mikkelsen, for ten seconds. "Everybody else was wearing survival gear, nets, and the actors weren’t, obviously," he grimaces. “So we were covered in midges.” On a couple of occasions, some of the wee critters even got stuck under the prosthetic make-up covering the actor’s left eye, leaving him “rubbing and squeezing it all day long”.