Idris Elba Talks Briefly About Heimdall In 'Thor'
And those nasty rumors [updated]
Latino Review, 11 April 2010
After the press conference for 'The Losers', Idris Elba answered a couple of questions regarding his role as Heimdall in the upcoming Thor movie. Not much here but I thought you guys might be interested regardless. (Thanks to super homeboy Fred Topel for the transcript.)
How is your Roque different from the comic book?
Elba: Roque in the comic book is white and Iím black.
I didnít even know that.
Elba: Yeah, I didnít know either but it didnít matter. There was no reflection on that in the screenplay but I definitely used Roque in the comic book as my skeleton to build my Roque. So I stayed as true as I could to him. The scar was the only physical attribute that I took from the comic book and applied to myself. Other than that, I just used his personality, his persona in the comic book to make my Roque.
Is this a recent development that you can make a change like that?
Elba: Yeah, casting now is taking definitely a more open-eyed approach to it. I was cast in Thor and Iím cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they donít look like me but there you go. I think thatís a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that and I think thatís good.
With Thor do you look at the comic books or Nordic mythology?
Elba: I looked at the comic books actually because Heimdall, heís a very central character and I wanted to reflect him as he is in the comic books.
What do you look like in Thor?
Elba: [Laughs] I look like how heís designed, man. I canít say but he looks phenomenal.
Do you get to do any cool action in that?
Elba: Yeah, I do, yeah. I canít say, brother, but itís really, really cool.