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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Discusses Kurse in “Thor: The Dark World”


Sylvester Stallone’s action film “Bullet to the Head” opened Friday and British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had a lot to say about his character, crime kingpin Robert Nkomo Morel in a recent press junket.  Akinnuoye-Agbaje also discussed his dual roles in the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World.” He will play Algrim the Strong who stands as the most powerful warrior among the title’s fictional race of Dark Elves. He’s compelled to fight Thor (portrayed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the films) by Elf overlord Malekith, who double-crosses Algrim, resulting in a life-threatening plunge into astro-lava. Algrim survives with his memory wiped and is transformed into the powerful lava monster Kurse.  This is what Akinnuoye-Agbaje had to say about the character. 

“It’s an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that’s one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can’t pretend, so that when you face Thor, it’s real.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje discussed how he had to portray the Kurse character by turning a disadvantage from the limitations of the suit to his advantage.

“The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I’m sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit. The outfit informed how I was going to move – the horns – his fighting style as well. It’s almost like he’s made out of stone.”

Here is the storyline for the film.

Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) who threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness after the events in “The Avengers.”

“Thor: The Dark World” is scheduled for a November 8 theatrical release.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Idris Elba, Zachary Levi, Christopher Eccleston, Ray Stevenson, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rene Russo, Tadanobu Asano, Stan Lee (bus driver,) and Clive Russell. Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay based on the story by Don Payne from the comic book created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Alan Taylor directs.

Sources: The Los Angeles Times, IMDb