Ray Stevenson Reveals New Thor Details And Talks More About Returning As The Punisher!
The actor reveals what he thinks were the main problems with the last big screen outing for The Punisher, talks about returning to the role and what he'd like to do differently, as well as letting slip more details about playing Volstagg, the Asgardian sets and working with Chris Hemsworth...
On Whether He Was Happy With How The Film Was Recieved:
I was happy with the movie. I thought the press and advertisement campaign could’ve been handled a little bit better, though. I wish more people would have been made aware of the movie. It seemed like the fan base was very happy with it, I believe. We gave them Frank Castle from the Punisher MAX series, and that’s what we set out to do. I hope it’s got legs. I hope it’ll come around again.
On What About The Marketing He Didn't Like:
There were other images that I thought were going to be the sort of poster artwork, and then this image came out, and I thought, “Where on Earth is that from?” It was sort of airbrushed a bit too much, and it didn’t look like the character I played. I don’t know; just personally, I don’t think it captured anything of the movie. It was a little bit bland, and nondescript, and just disappeared, so people didn’t even know that the film had come out.
On Whether He Has Any Definite Plans To Return To The Role With Marvel Studios:
I feel flattered by Marvel, because they’ve allowed me to play two principle Marvel characters—Frank Castle and Volstagg in Thor. As far as Frank Castle, I always bend their ear about it whenever I see them. [Laughs.] I would like to have another go at the character.
On What Changes He'd Like To See Made In That Movie:
Yeah, I’d like to see him brought, in a sense, into the 21st century. The storylines in the movie were taken from the comic books, which were about 10 or 12 years old, so I’d like to see it brought right up to modern times, to contemporary times. Take a new, fresh look at Frank Castle’s world.
On His Interpretation Of Volstagg And Donning A Fat Suit:
Yeah. It’s Volstagg, with a big red beard, red hair, six-bladed battle ax—basically, he’s 1,000 pounds of fun. I made him sort of epicurean, as well, sort of like the dancing elephants in Fantasia. [Laughs.] He’s like on the tiptoes of his feet, and he’s always the life and the fun of the party.
On The Movies Impressive Sets:
It was such a fun film to work on, though. Just walking onto some of the Asgard sets, you’re expecting 100 lined-up dancers to come across this sort of black glass floor. There were these great big giant gilded ram heads, which were actually chimneys over a lava rock, fire pit. It was just insane. It was one of the biggest sets that I’ve ever been on. And then, of course, we went to New Mexico. Asgard lands on Earth, and, strangely enough, we land on America. [Laughs.] Like every other UFO in history. Go figure.
On How Chris Hemsworth Does As Thor:
I think he’s great! He’s got that bit about a young male right on the cusp. Is he old enough? Is he responsible enough to take over the throne of Asgard, or is it all so far away from him still? It’s a really complex journey. Chris has such openness. I think he was an inspired choice for Thor—he’s going to be great. The fans should feel at ease.
With an all star cast which includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Thor is set to be released in the UK on April 29 and shortly after in the US on May 6, later this year!
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