Thor (2011)

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  Chris as: Thor
  Cast: Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston
  Director: Kenneth Branagh
  Written by: Ashley Miller, Don Payne, Zack Stentz
  Release Date: May 6, 2011
  Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy
 Rated: PG
 Runtime: 115 min.

The warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.

Trivia & Facts

– In 2005, Matthew Vaughn was going to direct this film, describing it as “the birth of a hero, interweaving Gladiator (2000) with Norse mythology.” He went on to direct the superhero films Kick-Ass (2010) and for Marvel X-Men: First Class (2011).

– Originally, the persona of Dr Donald Blake (Thor’s alternate identity/personality) was going to be in the film, and Kevin McKidd was considered for the part. However, Blake is used as a false identity for Thor.

– In the 1990s, Sam Raimi had planned to direct this film after Darkman (1990). He later went on to do Spider-Man (2002), another Marvel hero, and its sequels.

– Jim Carrey was a long-time favorite and candidate for the role of Loki since The Mask (1994), which indirectly featured Loki. Josh Hartnett was also rumored for the role.

– Brad Pitt was rumored for the role of Thor; Channing Tatum and WWE wrestler Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) was considered for the part; Daniel Craig was the first choice; and Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgård, Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman tested for the role, but finally Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth got the part.

– Jessica Biel and Diora Baird auditioned for the role of Sif.

– Brian Blessed was rumored for the role of Odin.

– Zachary Levi was approached for the role of Fandral, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Dominic Cooper was rumored but Stuart Townsend was then cast in the role. But days before filming began he left the role because of creative differences with the filmmakers. Finally Josh Dallas took the role.

– Tom Hiddleston was chosen after previously collaborating with Kenneth Branagh on the theatrical play ‘Ivanov’ and the TV series Wallander (2008).

– Tom Hiddleston initially auditioned for the role of Thor, but Kenneth Branagh felt he would make a better antagonist and cast him as Loki.

– Tom Hiddleston prepared for the role by going on a strict diet before and throughout filming, so that Loki would have a lean but hungry visage.

– For his role as the warrior Volstagg, Ray Stevenson wore a specially designed fat suit that gave Volstagg a round but tough appearance: “What we’ve done is kind of sex Volstagg up… he’s got every bit of that Falstaffian verve and vigour, and a bit of a beergut to suggest an enormous appetite, but he’s not the Weeble-shaped figure in the comics. He’s Falstaff with muscles!”

– Natalie Portman took the role of Jane Foster because she couldn’t resist the opportunity of a comic-book film directed by acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh: “I was just like Kenneth Branagh doing ‘Thor’ is super-weird, I’ve gotta do it.”

– Kenneth Branagh has been a fan of “Thor” since childhood. When Marvel Studios selected Branagh as the director, they sent him the complete collection of the Marvel Thor comics series as reference material for the character.

– Anthony Hopkins claims he relates to his role of Odin: “I’m a little like Odin myself. He’s a stern man. He’s a man with purpose. I play the god who banishes his son from 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.”

– A model of the Destroyer armour was constructed for the film.

– Thor’s armor is an amalgamation of the current Thor costume in mainstream Marvel continuity and the “Ultimate Marvel” comics universe.

– An entire town was constructed in Galisteo, New Mexico, to serve as a fictional location for the film.

– Jaimie Alexander had served on the wrestling team at her high school in her Texas hometown of Colleyville, so she says she had some experience in fighting to use in her role as Sif.

– Chris Hemsworth has had prior experience with wielding a hammer, having worked as a builder in Australia for a few years.

– According to Chris Hemsworth, the action coordinators experimented with different combat styles, but ultimately the fighting technique Thor utilizes is an original one, based on boxing: stance low to the ground, with big powerful hip movements.

– To prepare for the role of Thor, Chris Hemsworth put on a massive amount of build and weight, through a six-month regime of trips to the gym and indulging in a massive diet of eggs, chicken, sandwiches, vegetables, brown rice, steak and protein drinks.

– The final choice for the role of Thor came down to brothers Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. Chris found it funny: “We both came all the way over here from Australia and ended up battling against each other.” He however bore no ill-will towards Liam, claiming he was rooting for him to get the role.

– To prepare for the role of Heimdall, Idris Elba read the “Thor” comics where Heimdall featured prominently: “He’s a very central character and I wanted to reflect him as he is in the comic books.”

– This is Natalie Portman’s second comic-book film after V for Vendetta (2006).

– Tom Hiddleston found Loki’s helmet very uncomfortable, as it was heavy to wear and he couldn’t see properly out of it. He channeled this discomfort into Loki’s battle scenes.

– When Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins saw each other in full armors for the first time, Hopkins said “God, there’s no acting required here, is there?”

– Colm Feore’s makeup as Laufey the Frost Giant took five hours to apply.

– To prepare for his role as Loki, Tom Hiddleston trained in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.

– Tom Hiddleston researched Marvel Comics’ Loki and found him to be a multi-dimensional character, so based his performance as Loki on three different actors: Peter O’Toole (enigmatic reckless persona), Jack Nicholson (edgy and near-insane persona), and Clint Eastwood (persona with simmering anger).

– When Tom Hiddleston learnt he was going to be in the film, he was in “a grizzly pub” in North London, and caused an uproar there by screaming out loud.

– According to Kevin Feige, the filmmakers placed the ‘Foo Fighters’ song “Walk” in the film because they thought its lyrics were strangely appropriate for the film: “If you asked two months ago if we would have a Foo Fighters song in this movie, I would have said I don’t think so. But we heard the song, and it just has these eerie appropriate lyrics and themes. Ken in particular just loved it with these lyrics about learning to walk again and the way that fit the themes of the movie about redemption, learning to be a hero.”

– Kenneth Branagh asked Anthony Hopkins to improvise his reaction to Thor’s yelling at him in the banishment scene. Hopkins agreed, and when the scene was filmed many of the cast/crew present were sobbing. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston later said they had to struggle to keep their composure during filming that scene. Hiddleston later complimented Hopkins, to which he said, “Ken’s fantastic, isn’t he?”.

– The agent that grabs up a bow when Thor is attempting to recover his hammer is referred to as Agent Barton, and appears in the credits as Clint Barton. Clint Barton is the real name of Hawkeye, the archer hero in the Avengers comics. In the film Thor (2011) Clint Barton is played by Jeremy Renner.

Goofs and Errors

Boom Mic Visible: When Thor is in the pet shop demanding a horse, a boom mic is visible above the clerks head, then quickly disappears.

Movie Quotes

Thor: “I need a horse!”
Pet Shop Owner: “We don’t have any horses. Just dogs, cats, and birds.”
Thor: “Then give me one of those big enough to ride.”

Thor: “Oh, no… this is Earth… isn’t it?”

Darcy: “You know, for a crazy homeless person… he’s pretty cut.”

Odin: “And you are an old man, and a fool!”
Odin: “Yes… I was a fool to think you were ready.”
Loki: “Father!”

Odin: “You are unworthy of your title, and I’ll take from you your power! In the name of my father, and his father before him, I cast you out!”

Odin: “Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Agent Cale: “Is that one of Stark’s?”
Agent Phil Coulson: “I don’t know. That guy never tells me anything.”

Thor: “I have no plans to die today.”
Heimdall: “None do.”

Thor: “These people are innocent. You cannot sacrifice an entire race!”
Loki: “Then die with them.”

Fandral: “Our dear friend is banished to Earth! Loki sits on the throne of Asgard as our King! And you have managed to eat two boars, six pheasants a side of beef and drink two barrels of ale! Shame on you!

Thor: “Who was it that proved that a mere maiden could be one of the mightiest warriors of Asgard?”
Sif: “I did!”
Thor: “True, but I supported you, Sif.”

Loki: “Tell me!”

Loki: “It all makes sense now. Why you favored Thor, all these years! Because no matter how much you claim to love me, you could never have a Frost Giant sitting on your throne of Asgard!”

Thor: “So Earth is lost to us?”
Heimdall “No. There is always hope.”
Thor “Do you see her?”
Heimdall: “Yes.”
Thor: “How is she?”
Heimdall: “She searches for you.”

Erik Selvig: “What is it?”
Nick Fury: “Power, Doctor. If we figure out how to tap it, maybe unlimited power.”
Loki: “Well, I guess that’s worth a look.”
Erik Selvig: “Well, I guess that’s worth a look.”

Loki: “Am I cursed?”
Odin: “No.”
Loki: “What am I?”
Odin: “You are my son.”
Loki: “What more than that? The Casket wasn’t the only thing you took from the Jotunheim that day was it?”
Odin: “No. Amongst the rubble I found a baby, small for a giants offspring, abandoned and helpless. Laufey’s son.”

Loki: “So, I’m no more than another stolen relic? Locked up, here, until you might have use of me!”