2 THOR Article Mentions On JoBlo.com

Sat, Dec 11, 2010

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We then got a visit from the Props Master, Russell Bobbitt, who brought us some of the various Asgardian weapons being used in the film. As a sword nut, this was particularly awesome for me. And then, of course, came the motherf*cker of all weapons… Mjolnir. Yes, I wielded the Thunder God’s favored weapon. We all even had our pictures taken with the giant hammer, but alas, we weren’t able to have them for you today. But believe me, the sucker is massive.  And it’s funny, but “massive” is exactly the way to describe everything we’ve been shown. We later walked into Odin’s Throne Room, a set that was already half taken down, but that was still incredibly enormous… and yet detailed… just everything, even the minutia of what still remained. That’s a dynamic we clearly saw on set in every aspect, not just with a room or a weapon. That philosophy, which always accounts for the best kinds of stories, seemed to be at play in the direction of the film itself – Largeness filled with intimacy.

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LOKI (Tom Hiddleston) interview on JoBlo.com


Picture 15You got to play with some of those fantastic weapons, how have you learned to wield them?

It’s been fascinating actually. And one of the first things I did when I came on board was that we started with stunt training. And we thought like what is… it’ll be boring if Thor was a tank. It’d be boring if Loki was another tank and they were just running into each other. So we thought if Thor is thunder and power and muscle and brawn and he’s got his hammer, Loki should be like… he should be so quick he’s like the wind. So if Thor is heavy, Loki is light. We thought what would be the weapon that Loki would be fighting with? So we thought throwing knives… because I think Loki doesn’t like to get his hands dirty in a fight. He likes to be quick, efficient and lethal. It’s like one blow – slam. So we thought it would be throwing knives. And I thought if there was a way… if Loki could fight in a way that was as impressive as Thor’s, but was completely different so in a way Loki is too quick and Thor can’t catch him, you know? I kind of conceived of Loki as a kind martial artist with these throwing knives. Someone who’s like a dancer. He dances his way out of combat and these knives are his way of keeping his foes at arm’s length but it’s lethal. When you get one of those knives in, you’re gone. I had a great time actually, we were shooting on another set shooting a bit battle sequence. And the set was made of this stuff. It looked hard but it was soft. It was foam. And my stunt knives were rubber so they didn’t like take out the grip or the camera operator. But we found like… I’d always throw them and Russell Bobbitt, the Props Master, would always go and retrieve them for me for the next take. And he couldn’t find one of the daggers and we were like looking all over the set for this dagger. And I’m like where the hell did it go? And like about half an hour later we’d thought we lost it somewhere in the green screen. And he said, Tom, and he pointed up and this rubber knife was stuck clean into the set, so I knew I was throwing them with some kind of velocity.

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