Christopher Eccleston brings to life a new kind of villain in "Thor: The Dark World."
In the film, in theaters on Nov. 8, 2013, Eccleston plays Malekith, ruler of the Dark Elves, who faces off against Chris Hemsworth's Thor in the film . "Thor: The Dark World" reunites Hemsworth with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Thor's father, Odin, and Tom Hiddleston as Thor's evil brother, Loki.
OTRC.com recently sat down with Eccleston, where he spoke about developing the character of Malekith for the big screen, what his costume was like and what ways he prepared himself for the role.
Check out OTRC.com's interview with Christopher Eccleston above, as well as clips from the movie, and check out three highlights from the interview below.
1. Eccleston says Malekith is different from typical superhero film villains.
"We didn't want a cackling fiend who was jumping up and down in glee at all the bad things that he did. We wanted somebody with a purpose. We wanted him to have, the dark elves to have a sense of history, and they are an ancient race. They belong to north mythology as well as Marvel mythology, which is why we give them their own language in the film."
"There an influence of the Finnish language in terms of the music and the rhythm. They regard themselves as the supreme race of the nine realms, so they're like aristocratic and regal and cultured. And they have an axe to grind, so we wanted to make Malekith as complex intellectually and emotionally as he's physically powerful, because otherwise it's all just bullying and we wanted some intellectual weight and some history."
2. Malekith's costume is not as heavy as it appears.
"The costume is misleading. They did a full body cast of me, head and full body. So the suit, the basic suit, is like a diving suit, so actually you feel quite fluid and quite muscular in it because it supports everything you do. But it's when they put armor on, like the breast plate, and the thigh plates, that stuff gets hard to manipulate."
"The facial makeup is very organic and it was just like another layer of skin. I always felt very much that I was in control of it rather than it being in control of me and gave me a great sense of what to do because I think he's quite reptilian, the character, like a lizard or something and the way that all makes you feel, makes you think about his heartbeat. I thought of him having a slower heartbeat and having a slower mental process. Very considered, which also comes from Alan's [director Alan Taylor] notes about him being aristocratic and a sense of entitlement."
3. Ultimately, Malekith is just misunderstood, Eccleston says.
"He's just misunderstood, that's what I say about him. He's a deeply misunderstood elf. There's a lot of them around."
Reporting by Rachel Smith, host of the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.