Taika Waititi impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to Hulk role

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in…

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.

The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in which he starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson.

And the New Zealand native filmmaker was wowed by Ruffalo’s decision to perform all the motion capture work himself, rather than relying on a stand-in.

“He has very strong opinions about what Hulk would say and how he would say it,” Waititi told Variety. “People assume, ‘Oh, well it’s a CGI character. Why would an actor do the movements?’ But he insisted on doing all the work in motion capture…. All of that stuff is him, dressed in those ridiculous pyjamas that you have to wear with ping-pong balls on his head.”

While the third instalment of the Thor franchise saw Hemsworth reveal a more comic side to the Norse god, Waititi was also excited for Ruffalo to explore how Hulk had finally gained control and overtaken nerdy scientist Banner.

“He wanted to show that Hulk was driving the vehicle and Banner was left in the trunk,” he explained.

Ruffalo recently teased the idea of reprising his role as the Hulk, after it was revealed in Avengers: Endgame that Hulk and Banner had learnt to co-exist as a half-man, half huge green superhero.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal,” he teased. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting.”

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Idris Elba keen to reprise Thor role

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War. The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good fr…

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War.

 The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good friend, from the first Thor movie in 2011 until he was killed at the hands of Thanos in the 2018 film.  

 However, during an interview with ABC Radio on Tuesday, the star explained that he’s hopeful the Marvel Comics character could be brought back to life.  

 When asked if he’d return to the franchise, he insisted: “Of course! … Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So, you know, he essentially could be alive. I’m just saying! I’m just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology. And I’m sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course, I would. Yes.”  

 A return for a deceased Thor franchise character wouldn’t be unusual, as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who was also killed off in the same movie, is set to come back in a new series for Disney’s streaming service Disney+, which is expected to drop in 2021. The show is rumoured to have elements of time travel, which could provide an opening for Elba’s return.  

 There are also two feature films in which Heimdall could potentially appear – the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and possibly even Guardians of the Galaxy 3.  

 Elba is currently promoting Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and will next be seen onscreen as Macavity in the live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical Cats later this year. 

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Tom Hiddleston landed Loki role in Marvel movies ‘almost by accident’

Tom Hiddleston landed his “life-changing” role as Loki in the Marvel movies “quite organically”.The British actor started out his career with appearances in West End theatre productions but came to wider attention when he landed the role of the villain…

Tom Hiddleston landed his “life-changing” role as Loki in the Marvel movies “quite organically”.

The British actor started out his career with appearances in West End theatre productions but came to wider attention when he landed the role of the villain in 2011’s Thor.

Tom has gone on to reprise Loki for a string of other movies, including The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok, and in a new interview for The Hollywood Reporter, reflected on how it was his connection with Thor director Kenneth Branagh that secured him the gig.

“(Playing Loki) had a life-changing effect on me. It happened quite organically, almost by accident,” he explained, before going on to reveal that he was actually spotted by the 58-year-old while performing in the theatre in London, and the pair embarked upon a working relationship together on a variety of projects before the Marvel film came about.

“(Kenneth) saw me in a Shakespeare production in a theatre in London, he then asked me to perform with him in the television series Wallander for the BBC,” the 38-year-old continued. “We then did a Chekhov play in the West End, and then he cast me as Loki in the first Thor film.”

It was confirmed back in November that Tom would be starring in a Loki series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney Plus.

And while fans had speculated about the star’s appearance in the show following his character’s death in Avengers: Infinity War, the actor refused to reveal any further details.

“I feel very fortunate that this character has connected with people,” he stated, before teasing, “All I can tell you is that it is called Loki. It is a new departure … but I can’t explain why.”

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Kenneth Branagh proud of his Marvel Cinematic Universe contribution

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins a…

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

While the movie has received mixed reviews, it was noted that Branagh had paved the way for a different kind of Marvel movie, introducing audiences to the Nine Realms and Norse mythology, and set the bar for the movie’s two sequels – Thor: The Dark World helmed by Alan Taylor, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I’m very proud of my part of it,” Branagh told Den of Geek. “Which was providing a sort of backbone that they could comically riff off, but at least it originally contained some of the high stakes Nine Realms import that that larger mythology has to have as well.”

Thor was just the fourth movie in what became a huge 22-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Endgame bringing the saga to a sweeping, poignant conclusion.

“I think it’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” Branagh shared. “And especially to know that back then, plans though they might have had, they had no idea that it could become what it’s become.”

However, the 58-year-old Brit confessed he still hasn’t had chance to watch the final Avengers movie, despite having such a personal attachment to the film.

“But I’m looking forward to that enormously, on quite a personal level,” he explained. “I think anybody, of the many, many people who were involved in that whole thing, does have sort of a personal (attachment).

“It’s a moving thing for me because I know the massive effort it has been for them, and that they’ve never assumed anything (and) they’ve always stayed honest, I think, in their love for the characters and love for comic books, so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the characters.”

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Mark Ruffalo: ‘Playing Hulk has been the trip of a lifetime’

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center…

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.

Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

Talking after the credits rolled, Ruffalo, who has played The Hulk since 2012’s Avengers, told the audience how important the last seven years have been for him.

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” he gushed, according to Variety.

Captain America actor Evans echoed his sentiments, stating: “I have a lot of my friends and family here tonight, and a lot of them are right up here. We have this bond that transcends what we do for a living… I cried like six times (tonight).”

Notable absences from the star-studded premiere were British stars Tom Holland and Tom Hiddleston, who play Spider-Man and Loki receptively, who both had work commitments elsewhere; Holland is filming new film Chaos Walking in Atlanta, while Hiddleston is treading the boards in his native London in play Betrayal.

However, fans were excited by the presence of Natalie Portman, and have speculated she’s making her return as genius scientist Jane Foster, after last being seen in Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Dominic Cooper sets sights on Bond

Dominic Cooper is not coy when it comes to his next movie ambition – he wants to play James Bond.Currently helmed by Daniel Craig, the race is seemingly on to find the new 007 as many believe Bond 25, due out next year (19), will be the blond actor’s l…

Dominic Cooper is not coy when it comes to his next movie ambition – he wants to play James Bond.

Currently helmed by Daniel Craig, the race is seemingly on to find the new 007 as many believe Bond 25, due out next year (19), will be the blond actor’s last.

And in an interview with Attitude magazine, Dominic has firmly thrown his name into the ring by declaring he’d “love” to have a crack at the suave spy.

“I’d love to (be Bond), he’s an astonishing character,” the 40-year-old stated.

“I love James Bond, he plays in every English boy’s childhood memory. I had the original Aston Martin DB5 as a toy car. As long as I felt I could bring something else to it, do something dynamic, I’d love the challenge.”

To secure extra brownie points, Dominic praised current Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and her late father Albert R. Broccoli, who worked on flicks like Goldfinger and Dr. No, for their work on the famous franchise.

“What I love about the Broccoli family (who control the Bond rights) is that they’ve changed him continuously and still made it appealing to a modern-day audience,” he smiled.

The Preacher star also thinks he has an advantage over other possible Bonds, like Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Aidan Turner, as he portrayed 007 author Ian Fleming on 2014 miniseries Fleming.

“I’ve been privileged enough to play Ian Fleming, I learned a lot about him, the attitude he had towards, and what he thought of, the character,” he shared.

Dominic recently got to rub shoulders with former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan on the set of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with both actors reprising their roles from the 2008 original, Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Colin Firth are among the actors to also return to the flick, based around ABBA’s hit songs, alongside newcomers Cher, Lily James and Andy Garcia.

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