Bad boy Michael Madsen shows his soft side

June 6, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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U.S. actor and president of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival Michael Madsen, gestures as he poses at the Plaza Athenee Hotel, in Paris, Wednesday June 6, 2012. The festival takes place to June 6 to 12. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — There's more than meets the eye with actor Michael Madsen, best known for playing cold-blooded killers in Quentin Tarantino films.

Speaking with The Associated Press at a ritzy Paris hotel, the silver screen baddie spoke of the "honor" of being chosen as the first president of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival — which celebrates French and American film.

In an interview, Madsen said he found it tough finishing "Reservoir Dogs" after becoming a father.

In an infamous scene he sliced off the ear of an actor, who adlibbed: "Don't kill me, I have kids." He says his response was "Oh my God! I can't do it."

Madsen also spoke out against children "wasting their time" surfing the Internet, and talked of his grief over the death of Dennis two years ago.