THOR: THE DARK WORLD: ‘Kurse’ Is A “Lava-Like Bull,” Says Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Making yet another effort to discuss his dual villain role in the Marvel sequel, while promoting his recent actioner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks about filming Thor: The Dark World.

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje recently spoke with the LA Times’ Hero Complex about his role as the baddie of Bullet of the Head as well as Marvel’s second Phase Two venture, Thor: The Dark World. Seemingly indicating that Algrim the Strong/Kurse’s comic counterparts will translate directly on-screen, Adewale says, “It’s an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that’s one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can’t pretend, so that when you face Thor, it’s real.”

Rehashing on the filming process, Akinnuoye-Agbaje continues, “The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje. “The outfit informed how I was going to move – the horns – his fighting style as well. It’s almost like he’s made out of stone.” In a separate interview with Media Mikes, the English actor lengthily added that the Alan Taylor-directed Thor: The Dark World provided “A huge opportunity to pull double duty. In order to prepare you obviously go through and read the comics and research the characters history. You also look at the imagery and have discussions with Marvel and the directors to see their vision for the characters. Then the rest is left for the designers who create the costumes, which really then assists in your performance. Specifically for Kurse, it was very much looking at the costume and what I thought it would embody. For instance it had a certain look, so I used that look for his interpretive actions. I found that very useful. So with the horns and everything, I just went with that flow and tried to define a way of moving and fighting that was in the rhythm and the way that he looked. With Algrim, again the aesthetic look and the outfit really factored in as does the location and the set. From the moment you step into that world, you immediately become that character. You make them real. So in a way you have to ground the character in reality that makes it normal for them to be in that world. I believe and hope that we have done that well in this & that the audiences are going to enjoy it.”




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.

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G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 2/2/2013, 10:09 AM
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TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 2/2/2013, 10:13 AM
^Exactly.
Moakynubs - 2/2/2013, 10:17 AM
Sounds cool.
DioFoRio - 2/2/2013, 10:26 AM
I have a feeling he's sniped said snipers. Dude can Talk SON!
TheEnd - 2/2/2013, 10:27 AM
Sounds epic!
Ocelot - 2/2/2013, 10:30 AM
sounds better than the first
MrReese - 2/2/2013, 10:34 AM


NerdyGeek - 2/2/2013, 10:39 AM
Good stuff DCMF, as always.

Can't wait for the trailer in April.
KeefNCookies - 2/2/2013, 10:40 AM
I'm ready for the Dark World. Never gonna stop being pissed about Thor's helmet-neglect, but I'm really looking forward to this. Hated the amount of Earth time in #1 and the downgrade of Destroyer power. Here's to other worlds and praying Kurse will really bring the pain!!
Valandil - 2/2/2013, 11:00 AM
I know what is going on... AAA IS the sniper.
Cool then, boys.
DrDoom - 2/2/2013, 11:07 AM
Why can't every actor give interviews like Adewale?
Dumegg - 2/2/2013, 11:09 AM
I agree. The destroyer is a badass. He got beat way to easy. I think marvel cut corners
With the last 30 min of that movie. They wanted to keep it a 2 hr movie. Marvel could
Have given us an extra 15 min of movie.
Minato - 2/2/2013, 11:11 AM
It is sad that DC/WB has been in partnership so long and have yet to put two heroes on screen at the same time but marvel has and is moving on successfully. Avengers is the 3rd highest selling movie of all time and I enjoyed all of Phase 1 so far. DC/WB couldnt give 2 $#!+$ about their fans and it shows all the time. Good luck ever getting a Justice League movie out (There is still no confirmation of any sort). Thor the dark world will be all the epicness of Game of Thrones and all the fun of 80s Fantasy movies. Ironman 3 will be the best in the series and will out sell Man of Steel this year. I love both companies but the treatment WB has shown DC over the years is any indication than the future of DC movies isn't too bright.

Marvel movies>>> DC movies
T:TDW> IM3> MOS >TW
FirstAvenger - 2/2/2013, 11:17 AM
Triple A better watch his back.
NeoBaggins - 2/2/2013, 11:19 AM
"And then you hold your hand like this and say No, I... am your Allfather."

Dumegg - 2/2/2013, 11:21 AM
It seems like WB doesnt like making an long term plans when it comes to
Building their DC movie universe. They seem to be happy with firing off
Stand alone comic movies. They like the quick pay off.
thorhulk77 - 2/2/2013, 11:24 AM
Cant wait :)
Nomadic1 - 2/2/2013, 11:27 AM
I want to see him in costume so bad. AAA is gonna look so bad-ass.
rockerdude22 - 2/2/2013, 11:45 AM
Can't wait to see footage for this film!

On the topic of DC/WB, I'll say this. It seems like Marvel likes to think outside-the-box when it comes to their decisions for actors, writers, and directors. So far, I think that's really paid off and their success really shows because of it. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for DC/WB. They only seem to choose actors and directors who they think will simply sell the film and not who's the best person for the job. Why do you guys think they casted RR as GL and a Gossip Girl actress as the leading lady?

DC/WB needs to learn to think outside-the-box and choose directors, writers, and actors who are the best candidates for the job and not people who will simply sell the film.
Shamo - 2/2/2013, 12:05 PM
hope it turns out well. i think Thor's one of top 5 CBM's to date.
G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 2/2/2013, 12:08 PM
@Hush2010
Then just create a dream world where all those DC properties have movies... ;)
Maia87 - 2/2/2013, 12:16 PM
MR EKO FROM LOST!
TayDee - 2/2/2013, 12:23 PM
Can we leave the DC talk in DC related articles. This is about Thor.
wallhead - 2/2/2013, 12:33 PM
Loving his new look. I also like how the nameless asgardians' gear look like how they did in the first movie. Keeps a bit of continuity.
Minato - 2/2/2013, 12:44 PM
@G3n3r4lzZ0D
I would if I could
JonasWepeel - 2/2/2013, 12:47 PM
This is shaping up mighty nice.
YoungThanos - 2/2/2013, 12:57 PM
I'm really looking forward to this movie!
G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 2/2/2013, 1:00 PM
@Hush2010
The Ninja Alliance is getting in your way is it?
DrDoom - 2/2/2013, 1:16 PM
@MarvelPsycho

I'd be happy to see Surtur as well, but I want Enchantress & Executioner first. Surtur for Thor 4 plz
billytwohats - 2/2/2013, 1:37 PM
The first movie was well made but I just didn't like the characters. Thor and Odin where far too nice not enough Norse Mythology for me. I mean Odins horse was sired by Loki, yeah the movie reminded me too much of the 80s HeMan movie.
nowtheresaBATman - 2/2/2013, 2:00 PM
This better be good because I'm getting bored.
The Incredible Hulk is the only Marvel movie so far that's been entirely good from start to finsh-ironic since it seems Marvel itself has no love for it.Iron Man is close but the end showdown w/ Iron "the dude" Monger is laughable. Captain America was boring & Steve Rogers looks like he's wearing a halloween costume in the Avengers. The only thing good about the Avengers is Thor vs Hulk & all the scenes w/ Bruce Banner. The rest is shitauri. That blabber crap being said I have high hopes for Thor 2, Winter Soldier (as long as it doesn't have any romantic kisses while plunging down a runway at 120 mph) & IM3.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/2/2013, 2:26 PM
Hope the fight between him and Chris is long.
DONT LET THOR EASY!
Gulon180 - 2/2/2013, 2:54 PM
ADEBISI LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RetroFit - 2/2/2013, 3:21 PM
I can't wait for this movie! I get more excited with every bit of news!
aztecRaingod - 2/2/2013, 4:32 PM
This shit is just sounding better and better and be....
marvel72 - 2/2/2013, 4:44 PM
those comics he was referring to are collected in this awesome omnibus.

thor omnibus by walter simonson

-hardcover
-45 comics
-1,192 pages
-£80.75 amazon.uk

i will have this book soon,maybe within the next month.i own three marvel omnibus & i would highly recommend them they are fantastic.

ATrueHero1987 - 2/2/2013, 5:17 PM
Those omnibus prices ain't no joke but you get a bunch of classic stories.

I'm ready to see a trailer for this movie!
superpooper - 2/2/2013, 5:46 PM
So stoked they used Kurse. Can't wait to see what he looks like.
marvel72 - 2/2/2013, 5:48 PM
@ marvel87

i've got three i got two on import & one from here in the uk.

-new x-men 114-154 & new x-men 2001 £54.67 import

-the avengers vol 1 1-30 £40.09 import

-the incredible hulk vol 1 1-6,tales to astonish 59-101 & incredible hulk 102 £70.00
ATrueHero1987 - 2/2/2013, 5:55 PM
@marvel72 the only ones I got are:
Ghost Rider Omnibus by Jason Aaron
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1 by John Byrne
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