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Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Benderbrau » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:06 am

Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

So far, the signs are looking pretty good for Thor, Marvel's trickiest Avenger to slot into our universe. So as you'd expect, director Kenneth Branagh was in a good mood when we spoke to him for the latest issue of Empire, on sale on Thursday. But in the piece he wrote for us as part of our Brit Director's Diary series, he did address the biggest controversy that has attached itself to his film so far: the casting of The Wire's Idris Elba as Norse god Heimdall.
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"Idris Elba is a fantastic actor - we were lucky to get him. He provides all the characteristics we need from Asgard's gatekeeper, the man who says, "Thou shalt not pass". When Idris Elba says that, you know you're gonna have a problem. He's smart, intelligent, handsome and an absolute joy to work with. If you have a chance to have a great actor in the part, everything else is irrelevant.

"If you're going to say the colour of his skin matters in a story like this, look at 50 years of Thor comics to see how many ways great artists have bent alleged 'rules'. Look at the Norse myths to see the way they confounded and contradicted themselves. That whole 'controversy' was a surprising - and daft - moment."

You know what? He's not wrong. For the full story on Thor and more from Branagh, pick up the new issue of Empire on Thursday.
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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Strict31 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:16 am

The cosmic and divine beings that white people believe in should be white people. The cosmic and divine beings that black people believe in should also probably be white. No jews getting cast as Jesus, folks. Leads to fewer drive-bys in Heaven.
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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Stalzer2002 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:29 am

Elba should not be playing Heimdall.

He should be playing Loki.

And while we're at it, Michael K Williams as Thor.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Strict31 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:36 am

Stalzer2002 wrote:Elba should not be playing Heimdall.

He should be playing Loki.

And while we're at it, Michael K Williams as Thor.

"Thou comest at the Odinson, thou best not miss."


Bubs should be Loki. No wait...McNutty. Kima should be Sif.
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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby nolanjwerner » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:42 am

I kind of see where the critics are coming from here.

But I think Branagh made the right call. Elba has proven himself a capable actor and it isn't like Marvel's Thor mythology borrowed much more than the names from the originals.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Thunderstorm » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:57 am

He's a PC idiot trying to hype his movie. It's bad casting. If hes such a big fan of Elba, he should have given him a bigger, more appropriate role.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby nolanjwerner » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:03 am

Thunderstorm wrote:He's a PC idiot trying to hype his movie. It's bad casting. If hes such a big fan of Elba, he should have given him a bigger, more appropriate role.


How big of a role is it?

He gets to be on a poster. I'd assume he is significant in either role or screen time.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Thunderstorm » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:14 am

Its a Hollywood thing. Cast "the whitest of the Norse Gods" as a black man and you get all that white guilt money. Its not only Heimdall either, but the same people who think Peter Parkers hair is all wrong in Spider-Man call this inspired casting.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby john lewis hawk » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:50 am

Yep, still don't like it.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Doc Jon » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:27 am

Didn't know there was controversy. Don't care. Hope it's a good movie.
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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby 3MJ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:36 am

Literally doesn't change my enjoyment of the film at all.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Strict31 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:16 am

Thunderstorm wrote:Its a Hollywood thing. Cast "the whitest of the Norse Gods" as a black man and you get all that white guilt money. Its not only Heimdall either, but the same people who think Peter Parkers hair is all wrong in Spider-Man call this inspired casting.


I won't be happy until they make a snowman and cast him as the whitest of the gods. I wonder if Cold Miser is still working...
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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Punchy » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:32 am

Nobody gave a fuck about Heimdall before this, I think these complaints are racist.

You can dress it up however you want, but it's racism.

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Spidey-Man » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:48 am

I think the characters should look like their comic book counterparts, or what's the point?

Having said that, in the comics, Heimdall is basically a non entity so i don't care.

Im retroactively deciding to be pissed about the kingpin though :twisted:

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Re: Branagh Talks Heimdall Controversy

Postby Spidey-Man » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:49 am

Jon Salwen wrote:Didn't know there was controversy. Don't care. Hope it's a good movie.


Many fans have complained or at least raised an eyebrow

(also some white supremacists groups! for realz)

Seems like they expanded his part

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