Thor is currently in production at Marvel Studios and actor Anthony Hopkins took some time to talk to the LA Times about the character he plays in the film, Odin. Like his role in The Wolfman, he explains how he likes taking on the role of a parent and playing with the relationships they have with their kids.
I'm very interested in that relationship between fathers and sons. My father's relationship with me was cold. He was a hot-blood character but to me, cold. When I was young, he expressed his disappointment because I was bad in school and all of that. He didn't mean any harm, but I felt I could never meet up to his expectations.
Hopkins has extremely high hopes for Thor and explains that director Kenneth Branagh is a "terrific director" and "a wonderful guy to work with." He then goes on to go into detail on explaining his character Odin.
He's a stern man. He's a man with purpose. I play the god who banishes his son from the kingdom of Asgard because he screwed up. He's a hot-headed, temperamental young man --- probably a chip off of the old block -- but I decide he's not really ready to rule the future kingdom, so I banish him. I'm harsh and my wife complains and I say, 'That is why I'm king.' He's ruthless, take-it-or-leave-it. Women are much more forgiving; men are not so forgiving. I know in my life, my karma is, 'If you don't like it, tough, move on.' And I move on. I'm a little like Odin myself.
So what are your thoughts on what Hopkins had to say about his character Odin?