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Kennth Branagh on Thor

Published July 27, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Paramount Pictures
Thor is a trickier comic book movie than others because it takes place on other planets. The movie has scenes on Asgard and in New Mexico, and director Kenneth Branagh is still deciding how much time to spend in each place.

Kenneth Branagh Talks Thor

“We’re in the middle of editing and there are ways in which the story is responding that puts a little more here or there,” Branagh said at Comic Con. “So that’s a slightly evolving thing. It was in the script, it is right now. But there’s a definite interplay which we’re getting genuine dramatic value out of that we’re continuing to explore so I couldn’t answer the question accurately at the moment but you get a full account of both worlds.”

Asgard is going to be quite a sight to behold on film. “We wanted a mammoth quality to Asgard, having monumental buildings. If you walk around the city of Rome and you look up on any street corner, there’s just a sort of massivity that would have kept people visiting that place in ancient Rome awed. So we wanted to have Asgard awe its inhabitants by its size, its magnificence, its beauty, it’s goldenness, all of that but that it had a theft and wasn’t kind of airy fairy.”

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As for the balance between gods and humans, Branagh struggled with the tone. “It’s a tricky tonal issue. We always talked early on, I’m there for what it’s worth, to try and guide the tone. I was passionate that we should have a contemporary earth sequence to the movie. I believe, they do in the comics, that we can live in both places and people can travel maybe to both places potentially and that we can fin the tone. Gotta stay very honest and very truthful, and I hope we do. Tone was always, always kind of the key issue. Key people early on, props and production designer Bo Welch, Academy Award winning costume designer Alex Byrne was also somebody who was trying to be inspired by the comic book but also she kept being imaginative about it and trying to present textures and elements. When you know that people travel through space, when they live in the world of gods, it isn’t just a question of just metal or just molded kind of human material. So we’d always just try to look at it, see what we saw in the comic and then try and reinvent, re-imagine, go back to some original source. That got everybody very excited so you want to try to be pure and classical in it but bring in new twists.”

If you’ve seen Iron Man 2, you already know a little bit about the lead-in to thor. “The fun thing is when you know, and you go and see Iron Man 2. You get a couple of lines saying Clark [Gregg] has to get down to New Mexico. We have a little bit of a problem down there. You know we’re the problem! We’ve got a couple of little nods heading Joe [Johnston]’s way with our picture. I got thrilled when I went to see the set the other week so what was nice is, at least I didn’t feel, you may have done it so brilliantly I didn’t notice, but I didn’t feel I had to think about it at all. I was Thor-centric.”

Thor opens to theaters on May 6th, 2011.

For more movie info, go to the Thor Movie Page.
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