I Want To Learn More About My Character

In a recent Collider interview with Idris Elba, the subject of ‘Thor 2’ came up. Elba said he would be back as the Asgardian God Heimdall. He also said that in the sequel he would love if we could learn more about this character.

This is probably horseshit.

It just seems like every single time there is a blockbuster movie, one of the actors always interviews saying they want to learn more about their character in the sequel. 80% of the time, these characters were little seen and had few lines.

You know what these actors want? Screen time, recognition, and a bigger paycheck for the third film. Your character gets a great scene or two in the final cut and your toy sells more. Your toy sells more and production wants more of you in future installments.

Sure this is a very cynical view. The only other reason for saying such a thing can be true here with Elba. Idris Elba is an incredibly talented actor. His performance in the show Luther deserves each award he’s already received and more. Maybe Elba doesn’t want to play a one-dimensional character that he has trouble getting into. Perhaps Elba feels he isn’t performing to his own standards and thinks a lack of motivation is what is missing.

I’m not sure which is the explanation in this situation. I for one am just getting sick of hearing actors talk up their minor characters for sequels.

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4 thoughts on “I Want To Learn More About My Character

  1. Dunn says:

    I always feel that when someone says they wished they had seen more of a character (such as Heimdall) then they probably saw the exact right amount of them. It’s a case of fans thinking they know what they want, but being wrong. While Heimdall should definitely be in Thor 2, he is an Asgardian after all, I don’t need to see his backstory. Fans think they want more Heimdall, but what they should really want is other strong, well cast, supporting badasses in Marvel movies. Remember that great supporting badass Boba Fett from Empire and Jedi, and remember how awesome it was seeing more of him in the prequels.

    • peter says:

      Extremely well put sir. I grant you 3 movie movie points points.

      • Dunn says:

        So they hired a writer for the Blade Runner sequel thingy and Mr Beaks over at Ain’t It Cool http://www.aintitcool.com/node/55823 made my point about giving fans what they think they want much more elegantly “At least they’re moving forward with a writer [Hampton Fancher] who probably won’t be inclined to give fans what they think they want. We shouldn’t see attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, or C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate (fuck SOLDIER). Those are Roy Batty’s moments, not ours. And they are lost in time…”

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