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Kenneth Branagh Talks Thor
It’s going well, apparently

02 April 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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With the Thor shoot in full swing, it was only a matter of time before Kenneth Branagh got to talking about the movie as he makes it, and he’s getting the chance to explain his enthusiasm for the comic (he was a fan in his younger days) and put out rumour fires of actorly trouble on the set.

Chatting with the LA Times, Branagh revealed that he’s walking the fine line between the real world and the hero’s godly existence (at least until he gets exiled from Asgard). "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," Branagh tells the paper.

"It's about finding the framing style, the colour 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."

Oh, and despite talk of trouble between Anthony Hopkins and Chris Hemsworth, Branagh is quick to point out how much fun everyone seems to be having. "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.”

Yes, we’d hate for Thor to be solemn. But while it’s only natural for Branagh to defend his cast and production, there really does seem to be genuine passion here – which makes us that much more intrigued to see something from the movie. Comic Con can’t get here quick enough…


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RE: Thor Blimey!
L: empire No. 1 like i said, tell me if im wrong quote]ORIGINAL: Edward Nygma Confusing response there... ome on... the response isn't that confusing! He is basically saying that ingh touches turns to shit... I agree. More

Posted by robwillphill at 19:39 on 22 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
I thought his Frankenstein was ok, I've never quite figured out why it seems to be so maligned. I'm quite a fan of the novel and thought the film was quite a good adaptation; oddly the one thing that still bothers me about it to this day is Branagh as Victor - I never thought he brought through the determination and intensity well enough. DeNiro as the monster? Distracting because it's fucking DeNiro but thought he was really good in the role.   I wouldn't use it as an example of More

Posted by Marwood at 11:17 on 21 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
L: Beno He has Directed something like this kind of genre before in the shape of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein which i found ok , what do others think . orgot he directed that, jeez. I don't know, I remember that film as being particularly rubbish, if closer to the original story. It was directed in such a way that I always thought it was a TV movie like that Gulliver's Travels with Ted Danson. Hopefully Branagh learnt a lot about directing since then... "You grunting at me? More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 19:57 on 20 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
He has Directed something like this kind of genre before in the shape of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein which i found ok , what do others think . More

Posted by Beno at 17:27 on 20 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
L: JIm R L: Edward Nygma Confusing response there... I for one found his Hamlet excellent. But yeah he seems like a weird choice for Thor though, it's a bit like asking Lars Von Trier to direct The Holiday. I look forward to it though, Branagh has pulled off epic scales before so that shouldn't be too difficult for him. One hopes the result isn't too camp and theatrical though. stylistically, it be will similar to Wallender with a big hammer ! Gloomy, dark, brotherly angs More

Posted by Marwood at 13:01 on 20 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
L: Edward Nygma Confusing response there... I for one found his Hamlet excellent. But yeah he seems like a weird choice for Thor though, it's a bit like asking Lars Von Trier to direct The Holiday. I look forward to it though, Branagh has pulled off epic scales before so that shouldn't be too difficult for him. One hopes the result isn't too camp and theatrical though. sp; stylistically, it be will similar to Wallender with a big hammer ! Gloomy, dark, brotherly angst then l More

Posted by JIm R at 12:08 on 20 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
Confusing response there... I for one found his Hamlet excellent. But yeah he seems like a weird choice for Thor though, it's a bit like asking Lars Von Trier to direct The Holiday. I look forward to it though, Branagh has pulled off epic scales before so that shouldn't be too difficult for him. One hopes the result isn't too camp and theatrical though. More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 11:58 on 20 April 2010 | Report This Post

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like i said, tell me if im wrong More

Posted by empire No. 1 at 21:48 on 19 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
L: Marwood L: empire No. 1 everything branagh touches (cinema wise) is, or turns to shit. correct me if im wrong,peters friends. es you're wrong - Much Ado About Nothing is great is Hamlet is amazing too, pretty much the finest version since Olivier's 1948 film. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 11:16 on 18 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
L: empire No. 1 everything branagh touches (cinema wise) is, or turns to shit. correct me if im wrong,peters friends. es you're wrong - Much Ado About Nothing is great More

Posted by Marwood at 00:47 on 18 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thor Blimey!
everything branagh touches (cinema wise) is, or turns to shit. correct me if im wrong,peters friends. More

Posted by empire No. 1 at 04:40 on 17 April 2010 | Report This Post

Thor Blimey!
Apparently Tony Hopkins keeps having a go at the movie's young Australian star saying he can't act. Now the production is circling the wagons and saying everything is hunky dory. Well, it's my experience that rumours like that don't get started for nothing. More

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Any body else laugh at the thought of this film even being considered for being made? Sorry guys, but this looks awful... More

Posted by robwillphill at 17:09 on 04 April 2010 | Report This Post

Hmmm
As he doesnt do an Ang Lee and mistake it for great art, it might be a blast! More

Posted by reinhardt76 at 21:20 on 03 April 2010 | Report This Post

Go Ken!
I really hope this is good. It'll stop all the shit abotu Shakespearean actors not being able to deal witht he real world etc. Ken is (or should be) a national treasure by now and I loved Thor when I was a kid. I really want to see this movie do well. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 20:03 on 02 April 2010 | Report This Post

It's funny
I used to dread the idea of a Thor and a Captain America movie and now all of a sudden I am really anxious to see their big screen adaptations. They are by far the most ambitious projects Marvel has ligned up (Deadpool is more of a creative gamble) and I am looking forward to seeing how these different worlds will intertwine! More

Posted by mighty mick at 11:54 on 02 April 2010 | Report This Post

Fingers crossed
I just don't see how they can make "man with big hammer" look anything other than silly <- want to be proved wrong though :) More

Posted by zwixxx at 03:09 on 02 April 2010 | Report This Post

Thor!!
Just one request Mr Branagh..for those of us who are 30 somethings who grew up reading Marvel comics..and who know the marvel universe in great intricate detail..please be faithful to the comic! And make the Hammer an ICON!!!! More

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