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Hopkins Talks THOR Role

Anthony Hopkins decribes his Odin role for Branagh's Thor.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 17, 2010
Source: Los Angeles Times

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While sitting down with the Los Angeles Times, thespian Sir Anthony Hopkins briefly talked about what fans can expect from his character Odin in Kenneth Branagh's comic adaptation of Thor.

"He's a stern man. He's a man with purpose," he said. "I play the god who banishes his son from the kingdom of Asgard because he screwed up. He's a hot-headed, temperamental young man --- probably a chip off of the old block -- but I decide he's not really ready to rule the future kingdom, so I banish him. I'm harsh and my wife complains and I say, 'That is why I'm king.' He's ruthless, take-it-or-leave-it. Women are much more forgiving; men are not so forgiving. I know in my life, my karma is, 'If you don't like it, tough, move on.' And I move on. I'm a little like Odin myself."

Hopkins will co-star alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Adriana Barraza, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. Director Branagh is helming from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich, Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne. Production is underway for Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures.

Plot Concept: The epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Thor will hit theaters May 6, 2011.

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DarthDuck 2/17/2010 4:13:31 PM


I cannot wait for this movie.  I was a little worried when it was announced but with every new bit of news or information I get so geeked!!  Can't wait for some production pics!

Wiseguy 2/17/2010 5:24:15 PM

I on the other have been ultra confident about this since it was announced and after witnessing IronMan. The way Marvel is going about these films involving writer/creators in the process, the castings and with Feige's involvement I expect GOLD all around

Can't wait to get a look at Asgard and some of the Frost giants battling it out

axia777 2/17/2010 5:57:36 PM

Thor is going to OWN.  I love how Hopkins is so into the role.  He really seems like this is a great thing to be involved in.  Considering the caliber of Hopkins and the history of his work that makes me ultra confident that this movie is going to kick GODLY ass.  His opinion holds a lot of weight with me as he is an old school pro at this game we call making movies.  If he says it rocks then it is going to ROCK.

almostunbiased 2/17/2010 5:57:55 PM

If this wasn't in present day earth, I think I'd like it better.  Otherwise I think this will be lame.  Hope I'm wrong.  But Thor was always my least favorite.  Love teh mythology just not the comic book version.

axia777 2/17/2010 6:06:34 PM

almostunbiased, this is the Marvel version of Thor. It has to be in the modern era. Because it is in the Marvel Universe. With The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers. So why would you want it in just the mythic period of the Norse mythos? That makes no sense.

fft5305 2/17/2010 8:57:43 PM

Occasionally, I get a nervous moment or two, but for the most part, I'm pretty jacked about everything I've heard about this movie so far.  When are we going to get our first shot of the Thunder God in full costume?

klaatu1701 2/17/2010 9:38:17 PM

With the stewarship of Branagh and the gravitas of Tony Hopkins this film will be Shakespearan in scope, get the script right and it will be a winner.

TheMovieGuy28 2/17/2010 11:57:13 PM

So as usual, I'm always last to the party, I'll simply be adding on to all of your b.a. comments

Wise, I totally agree with you. When I heard Brannagh was directing, that's when I was in. The dude is a heck of an actor and knows how to shoot with scope and substance. Much Ado About Nothing is still a kick ass film.

Hopkins as Odin. It was either this or Zeus. Odin wins.

Have at thee....have at thee indeed


Miner49er 2/18/2010 12:23:58 AM

All I got to say is summer 2011 is going to be full of movies like 2008 was.

Dazzler 2/18/2010 4:35:51 AM

Still a mistake not to do Thor speak.  Fans want it so it's out?  I guess gen pop would not understand and fear it. 

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