While in L.A. for the Thor: Dark world Event, our group of bloggers had the chance to chat with Thor supporting actor, Zachary Levi.
Zachary was the last of the Thor:The Dark World cast to be interviewed, but I sure wouldn’t refer to him as the least. He was upbeat and entertaining from the minute he walked into the room.
Q: We’re you nervous about taking this role and being apart of this huge franchise?
ZL: I was nervous about coming in and-and having any ill-will if there was going to be any ill-will from any of the rest of the cast, knowing that Josh had played it in the first film. Some of the cast knew, I mean, Tom knew, and I think and Jamie did. I’ve known Jamie for a while because I was originally going to be Fandral and then Chuck got in the way and I wasn’t able to do it. And then Josh was able to play the role and did a fantastic job. But not everybody knew that. So I didn’t want to feel like the guy who’s coming in and like taking somebody else’s job away… Being apart of the Marvel Universe is nothing to be nervous about. I think it’s, you should just celebrate that. Like you get to be apart of a, this incredible comic book, lineage and family and universe that they’ve built, which is incredible One of the first days on set Tom gave me a big hug and said, welcome, glad you were finally able to come and do this. And I felt that love from everybody. So, no, I wasn’t nervous beyond that.
Q: So how was it performing the Tangled song at the Oscars?
ZL: The most nerve-racking experience of my life. I’m surprised I didn’t wet myself at any point during that. It was a dream come true, but a dream that I didn’t even realize that I had until it was happening. As a performer, you know, I’ve dreamed about performing on Broadway, and now I’ve finally gotten to do that, which is incredible and I’m so incredibly blessed to have that opportunity in my life. I’ve been so blessed on every level.
Q: Do you have to do any extra training to get you more in shape for this role?
ZL: No, you know what’s interesting is that I was on like a really strict workout regimen until I got to London. And then I tried on my wardrobe for the first time and I realized nobody will ever be able to tell whether I’m ripped or not… And then once I learned my fight choreography I realized that I was more than capable of doing that in my physical state. So then my training just became drinking beers and eating chips, thank you Elmer Fudd.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of taking on this role?
ZL: I think probably just deciding to step into the shoes that somebody else has already started. I’m very much about respect and respecting people in my world and in my vocation. Ultimately fate had it that Josh played that role and I didn’t. I wanted to do right by him. I wanted to do right by Marvel, I wanted to do right by the cast, and do my own take on it. I didn’t want to emulate what he did. But I also wanted to do him right through that process. He’s an incredibly sweet guy. We got to talk right before I shipped off to London, actually I saw him at Comic-Con and he was incredibly kind, he and Jennifer. We all caught up and laughed about it. Other than that just living in a foreign country, we shot in London for over five months.
Five quotes from our time with Zachary:
1. You bring a little bit of yourself to every role you do.
2. Thor is a very unique Marvel character, he’s actually unique amongst all the comics books, because he’s not somebody who was a regular guy who was thrust into, extraordinary situations.
3. Flynn Rider was a dream come true. I grew up doing nothing but watching Disney cartoons and movies, and particularly musicals, and loving all of them…
4. I’ve had some people tweet me internationally where the movie’s now already been released and I’ve seen some tweets like, I didn’t know it was you until the credits.
5. I didn’t get that battered and bruised. I think I dislocated a rib at one point, but that was a freak accident. And then probably the worst thing that happened to me was I slammed my finger in my trailer door. Which is incredibly unglamorous.
I would like to thank Mr. Levi for spending more than his scheduled time with us. It was a pleasure to chat with an actor so passionate about his craft, and enjoying his success. Zachary was super friendly on the red carpet before and after the premiere. Not only with press, but I saw him taking the time to chat with fans as-well.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.
Staring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor.
Thor: The Dark World is in theaters NOW!
I am working with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. Some photos credited to Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel. Some photos credited to MomStart.com.