The IGN theater was bustling with fanboys (and an unusual number of fangirls, might I add) as Chris Hemsworth, the God of Thunder himself settled in to talk Thor, Red Dawn and more with the fans in attendance. So here’s a rundown of what’s what with Asgard’s favorite son.
Thor’s tone is definitely serious but good amount of humor. The fish-out-of-water elements with the entitled godly prince now on Earth is definitely a source of laughs. It’s a huge epic, but at its heart is a very human story with plenty of sci-fi and mysticval elements blended into a tapestry of Norse butt-whoopins. They pulled a lot from the comics, of course, but also went back to the traditional Norse myths for inspiration on the plot.
There’s plenty of CGI, yes, but a great deal of the sets are practical. It helped put the actors in the scene, but also lends realism for the audience. Everything is so intense that on the first day on set in costume, Anthony Hopkins said “Well, there’s really no acting required here, is there?” Speaking more to Hopkins, it’s the relationship between father and son that grounds the movie and makes it relatable to both him as an actor and hopefully to the audience as well.
Given Thor’s roles in the Avengers, he was asked whether it was intimidating to enter in to something so long term. With a laugh, he said no. That’s several years of consistent work, and what actor doesn’t want that kind of security? Heading into the movie, it’s a joy working with Chris Evan and Robert Downey Jr. While he couldn’t give us any details on the Skrulls or any of the plot, he told us he’s read the script and it’s “epic and huge.”
He then talked a bit about Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods. Both movies should be out this year. Red Dawn is a pretty faithful remake and focuses more on the relationship with the brothers. Cabin in the Woods Writer/director Drew Goddard is great to work with, as is co-writer Joss Whedon (who also happens to be directing The Avengers).
The audience Q&A section brought a mixed bag (of course). He spoke highly of Star Trek after a fan applauded him for a tear-jerking performance as George Kirk. He then told the story of how he got the role, which involved meeting JJ Abrams, reading the scene, and then being told to start Monday. So apparently, he’s lucky AND man-pretty. On the other side of the coin, a dude in a Batman suit asked to see his arms and one person ramble don, weirding the join right up, saying something about Hulk and Thor fighting… I don’t really know what it was about.
We DID get a thunderous “FOR ASGARD!” as the crowd went wild and we got some final clarification as to how Mjolnir is pronounced. All in all, he’s very proud of the movie and anxiously awaits the fan reaction. The crowd had a very positive vibe and folks seem really excited (we certainly all are).
Check back all weekend for more C2E2 goodness and keep an eye out for our full video coverage of the panel.
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