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It may not have been out long, but Thor: Ragnarok is already garnering rave reviews and racking up box office figures.
Yep, so far things are going pretty well for one of the Marvel universe's more madcap ideas (and that's saying something), but comedy writer/actor-turned-talk show host James Corden felt it could still do with some improvement.
In a segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the eponymous star recruited the main cast of the movie to participate in a low-budget, school play-style re-enactment and performed it for one lucky group of movie-goers.
In the clip, unsuspecting viewers sit down to what they think is a regular screening of the new Thor movie, but before they even have time to make a decent start on their popcorn, Corden's head fills the screen and explains that they're in for a treat.
Corden himself then emerges from backstage and begins narrating the movie, bringing each member of the cast onto the stage with him one by one, to rapturous applause.
Eventually, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo are all performing in front of the stunned audience, complete with makeshift cardboard props and cheap wigs.
Kudos are especially due to Mark Ruffalo for his appearance, in what is surely the most hi-tech depiction yet of the terrifying Hulk.
James Corden's '4D' version of the film may not be available to most of us, but the original film certainly is and it's been getting some serious praise from the critics.
Cate Blanchett's villainous character Hela has drawn a particularly strong response - in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Taika Waititi revealed how he approached her to play Marvel's first female antagonist.
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"She was cast early on," he explained. "She told me she had wanted a break from doing acting where she has to cry and overthink dramatic stuff. She wanted to make something her children would like.
"I am sure that Carol isn't the first pick for the family movie night. There is a parallel with her and Hela in that they both have seen it all and are confident in themselves and have been in massive battles. There is a cool, nonchalance to them. There was nothing we could have thrown at Cate with this movie that would have freaked her out."
Waititi also spoke of how he managed to convince Jeff Goldblum to do a superhero movie.
"Well, he was our first choice [to play Grandmaster]," he said. "And really our only choice.
"I had a coffee with him and started to talking to him about the movie but when you talk to Jeff, he doesn't answer any questions. But he does talk about your jacket and who you remind him of and actors that you look like. He ended up being enthusiastic. We had no ego problems on this film which was interesting because we had so many egomaniacs."
Words: Paddy Maddison
Thor: Ragnarok is out in cinemas nationwide now.
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