Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Drops More Tidbits About Filming THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Now chatting about the fate of his dual character, Algrim/Kurse, actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje recalls shooting Thor: The Dark World scenes opposite many of the Marvel sequel's principal stars.

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Amid promo duties for Bullet to the Head, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje furthermore discussed his dual role in Marvel's Alan Taylor-directed ‘Phase Two’ entry, Thor: The Dark World. Speaking with ComicBook.com, the English actor dished on the fate of his Algrim/Kurse character, while recalling filming scenes on-location and opposite the sequel's high-profile cast members.

“I can recall...I’m in the scene and Renee Russo is in my arms or beside me and I’m facing Anthony Hopkins and Chris Hemsworth and Chris Eccleston–and just about every great actor within that genre is in the room and you just realize it’s a great privilege and honor. To be opposite Anthony Hopkins and to watch him work is just…amazing. And you’re right–Marvel has really pushed the bar with regard to tentpole movies and the caliber of actors that they put inside of them. I think that’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of these movies. From Iron Man, what Robert Downey was able to do with the Iron Man character and particularly Thor, which is more thespian-oriented, right from the onset of Kenneth Branagh directing it. You’ll find that even more so–you know, Tom Hiddleston did an amazing job with Loki. These are stand-out performances and classic, classy actors.”

Beyond playing two Dark World personalities, Algrim the Strong who later becomes Kurse, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje enjoys having a balance between superhero movies and projects more grounded in reality.

“Ultimately, when you get in front of the camera, it comes down to the same thing. I mean, yes you will have spectacular outfits on, and maybe ingenious prosthetics but when you do look into the eyes of the other characters, be they aliens or superheroes, you are going to be relating to them as an actor. So the job is the same, the process may be different, and it is a bit surreal. You know, we were out in Iceland on these black volcanic mountains [for Thor: The Dark World], and it’s spectacular, and then you’re in Brooklyn, in the ghetto, and those are distinctly different. And you enjoy both of them–I enjoy both of them–but yeah, there is an adjustment. The thing about doing a Mister and Pete, or even a Bullet to the Head is it’s grounding.”

Despite Marvel's casting process usually involving the actor signing a mult-picture deal, Akinnuoye-Agbaje played coy when ComicBook.com asked whether that was the case for him.

“I think it all depends on the character. You never know what will become of what character–nobody ever really dies. I think that’s all I can really say; it depends on the character you’re playing. I think my answer to that is that I’m just happy to be in business with Marvel and looking forward to continuing the relationship.”

One of many things Akinnuoye-Agbaje enjoyed most about working on Thor: The Dark World was director Alan Taylor's approach: using practical photography versus a green screen.

“I think that’s the most exciting part about it–the fact that you’re going to be rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty. As an actor, that’s what turns you on. That’s what we did, is put on those costumes and we went for it, toe to toe, pound for pound, including those choreographed fights. It wasn’t blue or green screen–they obviously need a certain amount of that but there was a lot of stuff that we–that I certainly did. I pretty much did everything myself. Obviously the dangerous stunts were done by stuntmen but I enjoyed the process of choreographing the fights; that was fun.” For Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's full interview, where he comments on his Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete co-star Anthony Mackie and more about Thor: The Dark World, head over to ComicBook.com.


Marvel Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962. “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

Source: ComicBook.com
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DioFoRio - 1/19/2013, 2:47 PM
dude's gonna get sniped.
TankD - 1/19/2013, 3:00 PM
what 2 characters is he playing??
DrDoom - 1/19/2013, 3:03 PM
He's not playing two different characters. He's playing Kurse. Algrim the Strong, a Dark Elf, took on the moniker of Kurse.
BlackFlash - 1/19/2013, 3:09 PM
"You never know what will become of what character–nobody ever really dies"

I wonder if he's gonna become good like in the comics and join the Asgardians.
marvel72 - 1/19/2013, 3:17 PM
i reckon odin may die in this one & thor becomes king in thor 3.
TheFirstAvenger97 - 1/19/2013, 3:25 PM
Odin's not sleep for most of the movie!
CoolantTech - 1/19/2013, 3:33 PM
Excellent actor he deserves a shot at this, he gives very tense and potent performances perfect for a character like Kurse
TheBeard - 1/19/2013, 3:56 PM
sorta sounds like thor's stepmom dies the way he sez that first part
DioFoRio - 1/19/2013, 3:58 PM
^^^^
avengers72 - 1/19/2013, 4:05 PM
This movie will be awesome!!!!!!!!!
BlackFlash - 1/19/2013, 4:10 PM
@KamenRiderJ22 - Only when it's not done right or they don't put the money behind it, I've seen something done with Green Screen that have left me nearly speechless over how well it's done. The same could be said for practical effects, there are times when you look at it and think how did you manage to mess this up.
marvelmaniaco - 1/19/2013, 4:14 PM
He's actually making me look forward to alrgim as a villain over Maleketh! He's bigging up his character a lot! And I'm liking what I hear. I also agree I need more guardians of the galaxy news!!!!!!
GUNSMITH - 1/19/2013, 4:15 PM
SOMEONE GET A PIC OF THE KURSE ARMOR...!
Ha1frican - 1/19/2013, 4:16 PM
The Marvel Sniper must be out on lunch....
TheFascinatingMan - 1/19/2013, 4:59 PM
Hmm... I think he did sign a multi-picture deal and he's just not telling us. Maybe he will be in the Avengers 2?

But anyways he is a terrific actor and I would be fine with him playing Black Panthet.
thewonderer - 1/19/2013, 5:07 PM
Green screens are horrible.

A lot of the magic in Avengers was lost to me when I heard that RDJ wasn't even there during the battle of New York, and its not like RDJ is in tons of movies now so wtf.

The whole battle of Avengers was green screen :(. Really made me sad.

Now Alan Taylor, from GoT, knows how to film at real areas. Looking forward to this.
MisterNiceGuy - 1/19/2013, 5:56 PM
i wonder if we are even going to be ale to tell that its him
crazymarvelgurl95 - 1/19/2013, 6:42 PM
I'm extremely stoked for this movie!!!
TheCaptain - 1/19/2013, 7:49 PM
Yeah wondy they should have gotten actual aliens to attack NY would've looked a lot more authentic.
Can you please just stop talking. You are probably the only human being on Earth that the that battle scene made them sad.
TheCaptain - 1/19/2013, 7:54 PM
Anyone one notice how he brings up avengers in every article?
DioFoRio - 1/19/2013, 9:16 PM
You know..it made me sad : ( that the hulk wasn't actually a real mark ruffalo jumping and bounding from building to building...get tha phugg outta here retard. Isn't there a behind the scenes news break for tdkr.lol
mgeoff88 - 1/19/2013, 11:25 PM
I think Alan Taylor is so perfect for helming a Thor movie.

I'm really excited for this!

@thewonderer LOL! Are you serious? You're really reaching with the trolling.

At least you said you were looking forward to Thor:TDW.
GUNSMITH - 1/20/2013, 7:16 AM
LOOKING FOR A KURSE PIC...HE MIGHT BE CG....
ATrueHero1987 - 1/20/2013, 8:12 AM
smdh, No matter what, @thewonderer is ALWAYS talking about the Avengers! No matter if it's a Iron Man, X-Men, or whatever article. Hell on a Superman article he brought up The Avengers! Everybody was talking about that article(surprisingly no arguments until he came) and other DC characters until he started his rant about The Avengers.lol For a person to hate a movie or not really care for it that much, he sure talks about it a lot.

@thewonderer you keep this up you WILL be banned again. Trust me.
aztecRaingod - 1/20/2013, 8:32 AM
This dude is going to be assassinated before the trailer can even be released.
aztecRaingod - 1/20/2013, 8:33 AM
Renee Russo is in his arms?????


Somewhere, Feige is having an aneurysm.....
DrDoom - 1/20/2013, 10:12 AM
Someone drugged Marvel Sniper. Adewale is on an interview rampage.
DioFoRio - 1/20/2013, 11:18 AM
@wonderer I think you should stay away from behind the scene featurettes or how this is made articles...I don't think your feeble mind can discern fantasy from reality.
DioFoRio - 1/20/2013, 11:19 AM
@Gunsmith I'm sure CG enhanced ,but he said he's sitting through tons of practical makeup applications...so ,who knows?
Loki666 - 1/20/2013, 1:13 PM
"Nobody ever really dies"... this definitely seems related to him actually dying and returning as Kurse. Could his death/rebirth bring in Hela or some sort of beyonder like Entity, possibly The Other, who somehow got Loki back for Thanos, for a small role?
JatevinM - 1/21/2013, 9:51 AM
I'd love to see Hela on film and what they would do with her costume.

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