The release of Marvel’s Thor is fast approaching and anticipation for the comic book adventure flick is as high as ever. Given the multiple trailers, TV spots, and posters that have already been released, there’s not much left to reveal that won’t either spoil the film or reiterate information that moviegoers already know.
Actor Tom Hiddleston plays the the title character’s deceitful brother, Loki, and has provided fans with a bit of food for thought – based off his impression after watching a complete cut of the movie.
Hiddleston was in attendance at the Jameson Empire Awards earlier this week, and had nothing but praise for director Kenneth Branagh’s cinematic treatment of Thor when he spoke with Empire. While that’s to be expected – seeing how Hiddleston would be up a creek without a paddle if he disavowed the film about a month before its premiere – the actor also dropped the following bit about his costar, Chris Hemsworth, as the God of Thunder:
“Chris [Hemsworth] is like Christopher Reeve [in Richard Donner’s ‘Superman’] in that he can do two things: he can wear a big red cape without a shred of self-consciousness. But he’s also funny as hell, and he’s so sweet. So with all the fish-out-of-water stuff… he’s so funny. So he does almost two jobs in a way.”
What footage we’ve seen of Hemsworth as the hammer-throwing Thor gels with what Hiddleston told Empire. He keeps a straight face and appears fully committed as the arrogant Asgardian warrior, and also plays the character as an oblivious outsider unfamiliar with regular modern-day social customs on Earth – without having his tongue planted in his cheek.
That’s also good news for Branagh, who actively sought to make Thor more accessible to mainstream audiences who are not well versed in the history of the character. If Hemworth’s performance draws comparisons to Reeve’s generally beloved take on Superman, the director may have achieved that end goal after all.
Thor opens in U.S. theaters on May 6th, 2011. The film arrives in the UK a week earlier on April 29th.