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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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1:54AM on 04/07/2010

He is completely underrated! Watch "Dead Again" for proof!

He is so underrated both as an Actor & Director. If you haven't seen him as Reinherd Heydrich in the fantastic HBO film "Conspiracy" you must watch his chilling performance. Stanley Tucci as Adolf Eichmann the desk murderer is also supberb. A great little known movie he directed w/ his then wife Emma Thompson called "Dead Again" is a great mystery/thriller. It keeps up guessing right to the end, plus both Branghh & Thompson play dual roles brilliantly. It's a great movie & I wish more
He is so underrated both as an Actor & Director. If you haven't seen him as Reinherd Heydrich in the fantastic HBO film "Conspiracy" you must watch his chilling performance. Stanley Tucci as Adolf Eichmann the desk murderer is also supberb. A great little known movie he directed w/ his then wife Emma Thompson called "Dead Again" is a great mystery/thriller. It keeps up guessing right to the end, plus both Branghh & Thompson play dual roles brilliantly. It's a great movie & I wish more people have heard of it & picked it up because it's great. I usually know exactly how movies are going to end, but this is one of those rare cases I had no idea how this would end. Please if you haven't seen it, you must & you'll thank me for it the end. As far as "Thor" goes I'm not sure what to think yet, but w/Branagh in the chair it can't be all bad. Please do watch "Dead Again," because it shows his acting/directing chops.
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2:49PM on 04/03/2010

BRANAGH DIRECTING ...

... Thor feels like Favreau directing Iron Man - it's gonna work ...
... Thor feels like Favreau directing Iron Man - it's gonna work ...
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11:22AM on 04/03/2010
I think this is shaping up to be a great couple of years for the comic book industry. Thor, Green Lantern, Iron Man 2, and Capt America. I can't remember the last time I was so excited for nerd cinema.
I think this is shaping up to be a great couple of years for the comic book industry. Thor, Green Lantern, Iron Man 2, and Capt America. I can't remember the last time I was so excited for nerd cinema.
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10:36PM on 04/02/2010
While I have VERY little exposure to Thor the comic, Branagh's involvement has probably been the most attractive thing about this. I am a little surprised Stellan Skarsgard is playing one of the modern-day, non-Norse characters, as he's one of the go-to guys for that kind of thing.
While I have VERY little exposure to Thor the comic, Branagh's involvement has probably been the most attractive thing about this. I am a little surprised Stellan Skarsgard is playing one of the modern-day, non-Norse characters, as he's one of the go-to guys for that kind of thing.
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1:26PM on 04/02/2010

Pics and Clips...

How about some frickin' pictures and clips of the stars? I'd love to see something from this movie. I believe this one has major potential and could be major league fun.
How about some frickin' pictures and clips of the stars? I'd love to see something from this movie. I believe this one has major potential and could be major league fun.
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11:24AM on 04/02/2010
Sounds good, can't wait
Sounds good, can't wait
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10:57AM on 04/02/2010
Branagh is the perfect choice. He himself is a fine actor, and has experience in directing Shakespeare, action scenes and dialogue. He was a bold choice, and kudos to the producers for picking him. Chris Hemsworth may not have been the best choice as Thor, but we'll see.
Branagh is the perfect choice. He himself is a fine actor, and has experience in directing Shakespeare, action scenes and dialogue. He was a bold choice, and kudos to the producers for picking him. Chris Hemsworth may not have been the best choice as Thor, but we'll see.
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10:47AM on 04/02/2010
I hope this is good, sounds promising, but then again its not like Branagh could say, "Oh, yeah, the rumors are true this things a trainwreck."
I hope this is good, sounds promising, but then again its not like Branagh could say, "Oh, yeah, the rumors are true this things a trainwreck."
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10:47AM on 04/02/2010

Kenneth Branagh is the man!

I love his work as both an actor and filmmaker, and after hearing he's directing THOR has just been put on my must see list!
I love his work as both an actor and filmmaker, and after hearing he's directing THOR has just been put on my must see list!
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10:00AM on 04/02/2010
Im gonna say that Chris Nolan or Jean Favreau are the ONLY ones that could direct this.. No seriously, I like it when they get a director that people might not have expected. Good choice
Im gonna say that Chris Nolan or Jean Favreau are the ONLY ones that could direct this.. No seriously, I like it when they get a director that people might not have expected. Good choice
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9:15AM on 04/02/2010

Thor sucks

I can't wait NOT to see this piece of shit. Thor is soooooo fucking gay.
I can't wait NOT to see this piece of shit. Thor is soooooo fucking gay.
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2:45PM on 04/02/2010
Sounds like the two of you have a lot in common then.
Sounds like the two of you have a lot in common then.
5:59AM on 04/02/2010
Let's just say that I would be otherwise completely uninterested in this film were it not for Branagh directing it. Incredibly ballsy choice on Marvel's part, and I am totally confident that it will pay off. Glad to hear everyone is having fun on set as well!
Let's just say that I would be otherwise completely uninterested in this film were it not for Branagh directing it. Incredibly ballsy choice on Marvel's part, and I am totally confident that it will pay off. Glad to hear everyone is having fun on set as well!
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4:36AM on 04/02/2010
I simply never realized Branagh was a director. I've liked him a lot in every role I've seen - which are only 3: Wild Wild West, Chamber of Secrets, and Frankenstein (which he directed). With this realization comes much optimism from me. I am now actually interested in this movie.
I simply never realized Branagh was a director. I've liked him a lot in every role I've seen - which are only 3: Wild Wild West, Chamber of Secrets, and Frankenstein (which he directed). With this realization comes much optimism from me. I am now actually interested in this movie.
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3:27AM on 04/02/2010
Considering that this guy could actually PLAY THOR as an older adult and have it be awesome...he's def the right guy to direct it.
Considering that this guy could actually PLAY THOR as an older adult and have it be awesome...he's def the right guy to direct it.
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2:12AM on 04/02/2010
I have a lot of faith Branagh will provide a good Thor adaptation. The man knows his craft and I think he can do it. And I usually have no faith in most directors.
I have a lot of faith Branagh will provide a good Thor adaptation. The man knows his craft and I think he can do it. And I usually have no faith in most directors.
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12:47AM on 04/02/2010
Ocelot_Snake

Watch Henry V. That is all.
Ocelot_Snake

Watch Henry V. That is all.
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5:27AM on 04/02/2010
agree, watch the battle scene - [link]
agree, watch the battle scene - [link]
11:10PM on 04/01/2010
I think Branagh has the ability to direct and act with amazing flourish and dramatics which is perfect for the character of Thor. As for action sequences, the "massive" amount of violence in Hamlet probably isn't enough to convince me...but that sh*t was Shakespeare...Not Thor, the God of Badassery.
I think Branagh has the ability to direct and act with amazing flourish and dramatics which is perfect for the character of Thor. As for action sequences, the "massive" amount of violence in Hamlet probably isn't enough to convince me...but that sh*t was Shakespeare...Not Thor, the God of Badassery.
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10:29PM on 04/01/2010
no clue about him
no clue about him
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8:43PM on 04/01/2010
I'm surprised when they announced Branagh would be the director of Thor. Then again, he's been involved with a lot of Shakespeare material and some period pieces. I'm sure he'll do a find job on the drama side of the movie but not sure with the action sequences.
I'm surprised when they announced Branagh would be the director of Thor. Then again, he's been involved with a lot of Shakespeare material and some period pieces. I'm sure he'll do a find job on the drama side of the movie but not sure with the action sequences.
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8:40PM on 04/01/2010
this is by far my most anticipated upcoming movie. while i probably never would have thought of branagh as the person to helm this, ever since i heard he was attached i couldnt imagine anyone being better suited for the job.
this is by far my most anticipated upcoming movie. while i probably never would have thought of branagh as the person to helm this, ever since i heard he was attached i couldnt imagine anyone being better suited for the job.
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7:51PM on 04/01/2010
This guy seems really dedicated towards this movie and towards the material. Thor is easily the hardest Avenger movie probably being made out of all of the other ones...I mean just look at the picture above. I feel very confident in the guy and the outcome of this movie. This and Captain America are going to be very interesting to see when it comes trailer time.
This guy seems really dedicated towards this movie and towards the material. Thor is easily the hardest Avenger movie probably being made out of all of the other ones...I mean just look at the picture above. I feel very confident in the guy and the outcome of this movie. This and Captain America are going to be very interesting to see when it comes trailer time.
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7:33PM on 04/01/2010
Asgard was going to be something extremely difficult to pull off. When I heard Branagh was given the helm, it made me feel like they were taking this seriously. Let's face it, Thor could have easily turned into a camp fest.
Asgard was going to be something extremely difficult to pull off. When I heard Branagh was given the helm, it made me feel like they were taking this seriously. Let's face it, Thor could have easily turned into a camp fest.
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7:24PM on 04/01/2010

Branagh is a talented guy

I would've liked to have seen Matthew Vaughn's take but I'm not at all upset about this guy taking a crack at a Thor flick.
I'm more uneasy about who they cast as Thor but I do have faith in the overall team they've assembled for the project.
I would've liked to have seen Matthew Vaughn's take but I'm not at all upset about this guy taking a crack at a Thor flick.
I'm more uneasy about who they cast as Thor but I do have faith in the overall team they've assembled for the project.
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