Anthony Hopkins Hopes To 'Look Like God' In 'Thor', 4 February 2010
By Blair Marnell

Over the course of Anthony Hopkins' long cinematic career, he has taken on a variety of parts, including a charismatic serial killer, a vampire hunter and the President of the United States. However, Hopkins' upcoming role as Odin in director Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" will be the first time the acclaimed actor has ever portrayed a god, much to his apparent delight.

"I hope I look like God," said Hopkins during an interview with Sci-Fi Wire. In Norse mythology, Odin is the king of the Gods (sometimes called the All-Father) and is also the father of Thor and stepfather of Loki, respectively played by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.

"I'm a big Ken Branagh [fan]," added Hopkins. "I think he's an extraordinary guy, a wonderful actor and a terrific director. He's one of the easiest guys to be with. He doesn't shout or scream. He just is very gentle with everyone. He believes in his actors. He needs them to act, and he'll direct in a strong way, but he leaves it to you. Whatever you want, he gives it to you."

Hopkins also revealed how Branagh was able to bring him onboard "Thor" a few months before production began.

"[Branagh] said, 'Would you take the ['Thor'] script and read it and see what you think? And if you'd like to play Odin,'" related Hopkins. "I felt he was a very, very smart man, very bright and compassionate and well rounded."

"Thor" is currently filming and will be released on May 06, 2011.

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