Ray Stevenson On Playing Volstagg In Thor & His Thoughts On Returning For Thor 2
In an in-depth interview with The Coventry Telegraph Stevenson discusses his upcoming projects as well as some of his previous ones like Thor. He reveals how playing one of the Warriors Three came about and how the role "almost killed him", as well as commenting on his return for Thor 2. Unfortunately he doesn't know too much more than we do but he gives us his thoughts on the direction the movie may go in.
The actor who has played two Marvel characters now discusses how he got the part of the larger than life Volstagg in Thor and tells us briefly what he knows about returning for the sequel..
THOR WAS ONE OF THE YEAR'S BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTERS. HOW DID YOU LAND THE PART OF HIS ALLY, VOLSTAGG, ONE OF THE WARRIORS THREE?
Kenneth Branagh just called me up and he says, 'Ray, I've got this job...', I said, 'I'll do it!' He said, 'No, let me explain. I've been watching your work love, I know you're a big strapping guy and everything, but there's this part and I think you could do it'. Then the role nearly killed me. We were filming in New Mexico and LA. I had to have a vest on with ice water pumped through pipes on this vest to cool your core temperature down. I mean there's this huge latex fat suit, then a big pashmina woolly scarf as a beard, then a nice woolly hat as his headpiece. Then they put armour on you and give you a six-bladed axe to wield (see picture below of Ray in the role).
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN THOR 2?
I think they're in talks with the director now. I know they want to mash these worlds together in The Avengers. I don't know. If the sequel happens it may be that Thor will go off on a wild adventure on his own and lead The Warriors Three to Asgard. We'll see.
That director could well be Patty Jenkins who has confirmed that she is the front runner. Be sure to click on the link back to The Geek Files below as Stevenson talks about his other projects including playing Firefly in Gi Joe Retaliation and beating up The Rock!
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