How hard has it been wearing the costumes and all of the prosthetics?
Kurse is probably the most challenging. It’s about 30, 40 pounds and the underneath sometimes I’ll wear a fiberglass body cast as well on top of that because of certain instruments that have to go through me. So it’s a challenge but the good thing about it, the suit itself is quite flexible and what it does is the bulk - it means you don’t have to act it. You know, what I mean? The burden is on you. So it’s very literal. I did a lot of mirror work before I went to the stage because I was just trying to bring a presence to him, and I found that less was absolutely more with him because the bulk actually said a lot
And it’s very flexible, the mask that they put on, so every grimace and wink and you can see. And so we played around with that a lot. It’s challenging, but that’s the task at hand. Algrim compared to Kurse is a walk in the park [laughs]. It’s great because when I take off the suit I’ve always had a slide-bowed over posture, and now I have this very erect posture. I walk around like that so it’s a good little benefit that comes out of all the burden on my walk [laughs].
Who do you get to play in scenes with in the movie??
I'm lucky. I get to play scenes with all of the main characters. Probably the most time I spend is with Christopher Eccleston. He plays Malekith and we are very much bonded in our vision of the world and our purpose in the movie, so we spend a lot of time together. But it’s great. I’ve got great scenes with Tom Hiddleston. I’ve got great scenes with Chris [Hemsworth].
What can you tell us about Malekith?
With Malekith it’s multi-layered, but essentially there’s a furiously loyal bond between us because we’ve been on the frontline together and we lost a lot so it’s almost like a brotherhood, a very deep brotherhood. But then there’s also a slight…almost like a mentorship. The beauty about Algrim is it’s the kind of loyalty that is very rare - somebody who would lay their life on the line for a cause, and he feels that Malekith heads that cause. So they’re tight. They are tight.
So he’s a military man?
It is there. The differentiation is there. I mean Algrim is very much about… I purposely put in this word, this word that we keep using for Algrim and it’s “It will be done,” “It will be done.” That’s his motto. He’s your go to guy to get stuff done. Kurse, the rage, it becomes something else, but what I've tried to do instead of just making him this ogre, this powerful brute is keep the Algrim within him. So we overlap some of the words that Algrim would use and use it. And also you see his eyes are very much the same as Algrim’s. You see that there’s a “human” within the beast and I think what we’re hoping to do, is have people almost empathize with his sacrifice but enjoy the brew at the same time, you know?
Has a lot changed in the script from when you were first given the script and where you guys are now?
No, I think they had a real good knuckle on it. They had a real good idea of what they wanted to do. It hasn’t changed dramatically. A few scenes have been added, fortunately I think, just to flush out the character of Kurse. But it’s essentially as I was told in the beginning, actually better.