Things are busy over at Marvel Studios, between the planning of 'Phase Two' for its shared movie universe and shooting on the sequel Thor: The Dark World. The God of Thunder's second standalone film introduces multiple new characters and new worlds from Norse mythology, in addition to making the Thor universe feel more tangible and alive - as opposed to the shimmering, but lifeless, surfaces of Asgard in director Kenneth Branagh's first film.
Chris Hemsworth stepped away from playing the eponymous hammer-wielding superhero to discuss a handful of interesting topics, such as the process of working with director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) on Thor 2, why he settled on a 'proper English' accent for the character, and what his experience making The Avengers was like.
On his feelings about working with Taylor, Hemsworth said (via Prestige Hong Kong):
"Awesome. Yeah, I love the way he adds an incredibly organic element to the fantastical world of Thrones, and I think that’s what Thor could benefit from. It’s grounded in reality, no matter how mythical or science-fiction-like it becomes. There’s a truth to it all. Certainly, working with him now, you can see he doesn’t want Thor or the Asgardians to seem like some distant race or god-like. He still wants them to be relatable."
One look at the UK shooting locations and you can see that Hemsworth is telling the truth, as far as the idea that The Dark World (and its 'inhabitants') will look and feel all the more convincing. By comparison, Jotunheim (the Frost Giant world) in Thor was visually-impressive but had too much digital polish to work in a grittier portrayal of the Nine Realms (much like Asgard in that film). So, you can expect the 'look' of those places to change accordingly, should they appear in the sequel.
On the subject of his vocal mannerisms as Thor, Hemsworth said:
"[For Thor], there’s a lot of ongoing reading and rereading of the script. I have a guy that I work with a lot who’s a voice coach, but also far more than that. We pull scripts apart and go into who these people are; his whole attitude of approaching a character is, instead of trying to mimic something or work out technically how you do that, it’s more why does someone speak like that. What’s in your personality or nature, or your past that has moulded you into sounding like this? That then raises a whole lot of questions about the character – which is great. You do that all the way through the film, even afterwards it’s hard to switch off sometimes."
With regards to his choice of "very proper" English accent for the character:
"For whatever reason, it just seems to fit that world. Probably for no other reason than that it’s the way it’s been done in history. We associate Shakespearean speak [with god-like beings] because so many British actors have done it over the years. It resonates with the audience. Also, we had Anthony Hopkins, who is Welsh but has similar tones. I certainly couldn’t play him as Australian because people would think, 'That’s Crocodile Dundee!'"
Lastly, with regards to his time making The Avengers (under the direction of Joss Whedon):
"Most of the time we’re all on set together and it just became a laugh for all of us. We sort of fed off [the energy of] each other and before you know it, someone has to step in and say, “Come on, we’re trying to shoot a movie here!” Robert Downey Jr obviously has an incredible sense of humour and wit about him, which you see in all his characters. He’s like that in real life. You’re playing catch-up; always 10 steps behind what he’s saying. All those guys I learned something from and admired."
You can, of course, get an even better look at exactly what went on behind the scenes on Whedon's Marvel superhero blockbuster by checking out the numerous making-of featurettes and interviews included on the Avengers Blu-ray.
The Marvel ‘Phase Two’ schedule is as follows: Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, and The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.
Source: Prestige Hong Kong