Interview With Thor Frost Giant Motion Capture Artist, Douglas Tait!

Interview With Thor Frost Giant Motion Capture Artist, Douglas Tait!

Interview With <i>Thor</i> Frost Giant Motion Capture Artist, Douglas Tait!

Remember that Frost Giant who gets hit in the fact by Mjolnir in the Thor trailer? Well, thanks to our friends over at Comicus, we have a great interview with the actor who performed the motion capture for him and more...

Below are a just a few excerpts from the interview conducted by Comicus. To read the entire, unedited version of this story, be sure to head on over to the site by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page!

Did you have to audition to get this role?

Yes, I auditioned two times to get this role. I read for the casting director for the role and they ended up casting guys much bigger than me. I am 6'5" and have a lean Athletic build, and they hired guys who were 6'7" and taller, and weighed over 250 pounds. When the film was being edited, they wanted to make them even bigger and move faster. They auditioned people again and Kenneth Branagh chose me to perform the motion capture movements of the Frost Giants.

Could you describe the actualization of the Frost Giants? Was it all about the makeup, or some CGI techniques as the motion capture, or was it a mix of the two things?

Everything I did was Motion Capture. I performed the fights, falls, running, and everything you could imagine from attacking someone to getting attacked. The shots in the film where you see action you will see me duplicated into several CGI Frost Giants.

Which have been the instructions of the film director about the characterization and the turnout of these characters?

Kenneth Branagh was so detailed with how he saw the Frost Giant. He is an actor himself so he was very animated and showed me exactly how he wanted the physicality of the Frost Giant movements and character. I was allowed to play some, but most of my movements came from Kenneth Branagh's imagination.

Have you mainly drawn from comic sources or from the northern mythology?

Neither, I usually train really hard physically for every role I play. I read the script several times and start working on how the character moves, how he walks, how he thinks. I also speak with the director and writer about the character and it slowly evolves into what you see onscreen. It is an exciting process to me and every role is different.

Could you describe for us the set you have worked on - and that we could catch a glimpse of in the trailers?

I can't speak to much about the set due to the confidentiality agreement I signed, but you can see me in the trailer getting hit in the face by Thor's Hammer.

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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