Anthony Hopkins Talks Country Music, Becoming a God, and "Thor"
Sun, 01 May 2011 10:50:23
For Thor, Sir Anthony Hopkins didn't have much trouble stepping into the shoes of a god.
As Odin, Hopkins makes for a most wise, prudent, and powerful ruler of Asgard. Hopkins gives the deity a certain panache that only a legendary actor of his caliber could muster, conjuring a mythological monarch that anyone would be happy to serve. The Academy Award plays Thor's pops with just the right balance of elegance and authority, giving attention to each element. He's in charge, and there's really nothing better…
Sir Anthony Hopkins sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Thor, growing up, some of his favorite country music acts, being a good god with "No acting required", and so much more.
For you, is the film more about growing up than anything else?
It's about youth and old age and fathers and sons. It's also about god and gods. I think Ken Branagh brought that point of reference because he knows his way through Shakespeare. In Hamlet, there's a father-son relationship or father, uncle, and mother. He brought this formidable knowledge to the making of the movie, and I think that's what makes it such a powerful movie.
Stepping into the shoes of a deity, what were your feelings?
Most of the time, I said, "Where can I sit?" [Laughs] Because I had this heavy armor, I couldn't sit comfortably. I had one patch over my eye. I didn't know if I was going to walk into a wall or fall down stairs [Laughs]. That was easy—no acting required. That's my thing "N.A.R.—No Acting Required". Show up, hit your marks, and let the armor act for you on the set. I didn't need to push it.
Do you ever listen to music to get into character?
Sometimes, I've got all kinds of stuff. I learn the lines, show up, and hope it's going to work.
Who is on your playlist?
I like Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, and all of those people. I love country and western.
What would be on Thor's iPod?
Music of the spheres! Greek or something like that.
Was the balance between science and fairy tale magic something that attracted you to the film?
I didn't even think of that. I like reading books on new physics, but I don't think of that when I take a part. I don't analyze it or complicate it. I let the director do all that.
Will you be seeing Thor on Friday May 6, 2011?
Check out our review of Thor here!
Check out Chris Hemsworth's playlist here!
Video of this interview coming soon!