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Kenneth Branagh Provides Updates on 'Thor' Production

April 2, 2010 (5:48 am) GMT
The director addresses rumor of Anthony Hopkins acting like a divo on the film's set, praising him as 'an extraordinary actor with his Celtic passion and incredible technique.'

Though shooting for "" has been kicked off early this year, little information has been obtained from the set. Recently, Kenneth Branagh sat down with Los Angeles Times to explain the production process of the film.

"We're in New Mexico now where we have a contemporary Earth part of our story," he shared. "I guess we're two-thirds of the way through the story and at this stage of the game what's surprising and delighting me is the way the cast, the ensemble, has fused together."

Describing the atmosphere on the location, Branagh gushed, "It's kind of an interesting combination of very young and very experienced people and the double-up of that, it seems to me, is there is a lot of fire in the movie. It doesn't take itself too seriously, it doesn't try to be too solemn."

Branagh's description is kind of in contrary with recent rumor suggesting that , who plays Thor's father, has caused tension on the set by showing his disapproval of 's acting skills. The 72-year-old was additionally reported criticizing the helmer.

Denying the news, Hopkins has released a statement, mentioning "I am having the time of my life making 'Thor' with Ken and Chris. They have made every day immensely fun and collaborative, and we're all puzzled that someone would fabricate a story suggesting otherwise. I'm proud to say that 'Thor' has been one of the great experiences of my career."

During the interview with Los Angeles Times, Branagh himself had nothing to say about the veteran actor but praise. The filmmaker called Hopkins "an extraordinary actor with his Celtic passion and incredible technique" and said "he has been a binding force for the film on the set and will do the same on the screen."

Beside Chris Hemsworth who tackles the lead role and Anthony Hopkins who plays Odin, there are , , , and many others on the cast ensemble of "Thor". The movie itself is slated to arrive in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2011.

The story will follow Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior who is cast down to Earth due to his reckless actions. But he later learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of Asgard tries to invade Earth.

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