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Kenneth Branagh talks Thor, says everything is going very well

04.01.2010

Now that the suspense is over about who will be Captain America, it's time to get back to another Marvel hero and God, THOR.

Kenneth Branagh took a break during shooting to talk to the LA Times about the film. I knew that Branagh would be great for the job, but after reading the article, I'm even more convinced.

The first thing that stuck out was the director's adoration for the comic, "Growing up, my single comic book passion was Thor. From my time in Belfast as a kid, that's the first time I came across that comic, really, exclusively, I don't know why, but it struck a chord. I was drawn to it. I liked all the dynastic drama." I was a little surprised to hear that Branagh was such a fan of the series.

The story is split between Asgard and the modern world, which Branagh views more as an opportunity than a challenge, "Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we've tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world. It's about finding the framing style, the color palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different.... The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film."

Another thing that got brought up was the recent rumor that Anthony Hopkins who plays Thor's Father, Odin was having a bit of trouble with his son's acting. Reports were saying that Hopkins was flipping out on the young Thor played by Chris Hemsworth. They also mentioned that the stress was taking it's toll on Branagh. Branagh and Hopkins are both saying this is untrue, with Hopkins camp taking it a bit further saying that they are wanting to sue those spreading the lies. This is the statement Hopkins issued: "I am having the time of my life making Thor with Ken and Chris. They have made every day immensely fun and collaborative, and we're all puzzled that someone would fabricate a story suggesting otherwise. I'm proud to say that Thor has been one of the great experiences of my career.

Branagh confirms that everything is okay on his end as well, "It's going very, very well. We're in New Mexico now where we have a contemporary Earth part of our story. I guess we're two-thirds of the way through the story and at this stage of the game what's surprising and delighting me is the way the cast, the ensemble, has fused together. It's kind of an interesting combination of very young and very experienced people and the double-up of that, it seems to me, is there is a lot of fire in the movie. It doesn't take itself too seriously, it doesn't try to be too solemn."

If you'd like to check out the interview in it's entirety, head on over here.

Extra Tidbit: I never asked what you guys think of Branagh as the director of THOR. So, what do you think? Good choice? Could you have thought of someone better suited?

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