Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks Playing Two Characters in THOR: THE DARK WORLD; Says He’s Talking to Marvel About Another Project

     January 14, 2013


Though Iron Man 3 is the first Phase Two Marvel project out of the gate, we’ve got more Marvel goodness to look forward to later this year with the release of Thor: The Dark WorldGame of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor steps into the director’s chair this time around, and we know that the central villain will be Dark Elf Malektih, played by Christopher Eccleston.  There will also be a couple of other anatgonists featured in the film, as Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is pulling double duty as the characters Algrim the Strong and Kurse.

The Lost alum recently talked rather extensively about his work in the film, teasing the numerous fight sequences and revealing that he’s talking with Marvel about possibly working on another one of their movies.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

adewale-akinnuoye-agbaje-thor-2-sequelSpeaking with MTV News (transcript via CBM), Akinnuoye-Agbaje talked a bit about his character design and playing two different roles:

Thor 2; great movie, great opportunity. I’ve been a fan of the Marvel Comics and I got a massive opportunity to play two characters in the movie: Algrim and Kurse. You go in thinking, ‘Yeah this is great.’ But when you get in there, you’re like whoa;  six hours of makeup, prosthetics, all the physical [stuff]. But honestly, I loved it. It’s going to be such an epic. And both of the characters; I have blonde hair, blue eyes, pointed ears, fangs, horns; everything you could want as boy in an action hero movie. It’s amazing. The fighting was really demanding. For instance, Kurse is the one that does all the fighting. It’s forty pounds of extra weight and the good thing about it is that it’s very flexible and elastic. I have a routine before I put it on: I stretch and do all my pilates. You see this big creature doing pilates, it’s great. And then we’d have to go fight. Me and Chris [Hemsworth] go toe-to-toe. It was hardcore.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje also teased a couple of other fights that occur in the film and talked about his character’s fighting style:

“[Thor and Kurse] fight differently. Chris has his hammer while Kurse is very animalistic, he’s got horns. So I tried to go with that flow. My movements are [basically] like an animal: twisting my body, turning my head, all kinds of things. Kurse is meant to be extremely powerful, nothing can stop him. It’s a great ride. There’s fights everything in the movie. Loki gets his fair share of fights; [one of which] is between him and I as well. The great thing about Kurse is he is having it with everybody. But yes, Loki has some amazing fights. [Fans] are really gonna be happy with this movie. Everybody gets their little shine. I won’t tell you what really happens, but there’s some great surprises.”

thor-the-dark-world-tom-hiddlestonFinally, the actor claims that he and Marvel are having discussions about him starring in another upcoming Marvel movie:

“As we speak, [Marvel and I] are talking about [playing in another Marvel movie]. Obviously, Marvel is a great family that I’m happy to be working with. We had a great time on Thor: The Dark World. I loved to continue that relationship.”

Marvel is currently developing an adaptation of Black Panther and Akinnuoye-Agbaje has made no secret of his interest in that character in the past, so could that possibly be the other project that he’s referring to?  I’d say take this with a grain of salt for now, but it certainly sounds like AAA had a great time playing around in the Marvel universe.  Watch the full MTV interview below.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.


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