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When it comes to getting movie news, two of the more popular sources are industry insiders and Twitter, of all places. Rarely does anything Earth-shattering get unwittingly blurted out during a panel interview. But that’s just what happened when
Speaking about the differences between British actors and non-British actors when he let it slip. "I worked with Benicio Del Toro on a scene in which he was meant to be quite angry, and sitting fifteen feet away, I couldn’t hear a word he was saying," Russell said. "But you look at it on the screen, and it’s absolutely there ." Watch the whole interview below, with the relevant news coming in at the 2:15 mark.
Not only does this confirm what we all know – that Del Toro is notorious for being hard to understand – but it also gives us a small idea as to who he might be playing. The going theory right now is that Del Toro will be playing the billions-year-old Taneleer Tivan, A.K.A The Collector, while some are still holding onto the hope that he’ll be playing evil incarnate Thanos. While a cameo from either of these characters could possibly make sense within the context of the Marvel universe at large, I’m going out on a naïve limb here in thinking Del Toro’s cameo leans more towards The Collector because the make-up and costume for Thanos would be far more complicated, and it seems like the actor’s anger would be better read on camera as the more humanoid looking Collector. Yes, it’s a stretch and yes, it would have been easier to guess had Russell mentioned motion-capture dots on Del Toro’s face or the fact that his dialogue including words like "collecting artifacts," but that would be asking too much.
Then again, Avengers director Joss Whedon has promised that the Avengers and Guardians universes likely wouldn’t overlap. But he was only talking about Avengers 2, so the Thor crossover isn’t impossible. What do you guys think? We’re "collecting" opinions in the comment section.
Thor: The Dark World comes out on November 8, 2013, with or without Del Toro in the final cut. Check out the trailer below.