Four New Green Hornet posters are now online. Plus: Skarsgard talks about his Thor role. Gondry talks about bringing his indie style to Green Hornet. It's your Comics2Film 10.12.31!
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With so many big names appearing in Kenneth Branagh's Thor movie, it's easy to forget certain cast members, such as Stellan Skarsgård. Collider.com recently chatted up the actor who revealed exactly what he's doing in the movie.
"Me and Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings are doing research on strange atmospheric and space stuff going on in the sky in New Mexico. And then, we meet Thor," Skarsgård said of his character, Professor Andrews.
We're not sure if the character ever appeared in the comics, though if he was, he certainly isn't a prominent character. Regardless, the actor says he hasn't seen many of the previous Marvel movies, but did check out the comics.
"I was not familiar with Thor at all, when I started, but I became familiar. They gave me comic books and stuff, and [Kenneth Branagh] educated me," the actor told Collider. He goes on to praise his director.
"I had a great time. I also had a great director there. Kenneth Branagh is one of the funniest directors on the set. You laugh a lot. He’s very skillful," Skarsgård said. "We were also allowed to have rehearsals before we started, and discuss the writing and change the scenes. It felt like you were invited to a very nice collaboration. It’s another film done in the real world, where my scenes are."
Click through for the complete interview in which Stellan Skarsgård talks about Thor, Melancholia and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Thor thunders into theaters May 6.
Variety has a nice feature on Green Hornet director Michel Gondry. Specifically it talks about how the director, known for small-budget, art house films, coped with working for a major studio on a highly-commercial tentpole movie. If you're a fan of Gondry's work, it's actually quite interesting.
"There are recipes that the studios apply that make successful movies," Gondry said of Sony's view of a super-hero tentpole, "but there's also a pretty strong unknown factor, and in this unknown area is where I could play and bring more personal stuff."
Awful Carl's Jr ads aside, we've been hopeful that the movie will play as a quirky original. That's what we expect Gondry to bring to the feature. So we like reading things like this from Variety's article:
Gondry cites several moments in the film that could be described as "unusual," he says, such as the time-stopping effect of the fight sequences or a surrealist flashback/mindtrip in which slow-witted hero Britt Reid (played by co-writer/executive producer Seth Rogen) tries to piece together the film's central conspiracy. "But they're commercial, too," he says.
While Gondry says he expected some pushback from the studio, he found execs open-minded. Even he admits the sequence that takes place inside Britt's brain was a little weird on paper. "But that's why Neal (Moritz) was great," says Gondry. "He said, 'Just shoot it.' And the fact that they let me do it, and it ended up in the film is quite surprising."
Green Hornet opens January 14th. To whet your appetite, IMP Awards have posted four new posters from the Korean Marketing of the film:
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2 and #3 are in stores now. Issue #4 arrives in stores January 5th . Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!