Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks About Kurse in ‘Thor: The Dark World’

The ‘Bullet to the Head’ star describes his animalistic character and the 40-pound costume he had to wear on the set every day.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks Kurse in Thor: The Dark World
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks Kurse in Thor: The Dark World
While doing press for his action-thriller Bullet to the Head, which opened in theaters this weekend, actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje also discussed his duel role as Algrim the Strong and Kurse in the upcoming superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World. Algrim is one of the Dark Elves that are lead by Christopher Eccleston's Malekith the Accursed, who is seeking vengeance for an ancient grudge. After being double-crossed by Malekith and thrown into a pit of lava, he manages to survive, transforming himself into the creature Kurse. Here's what the actor had to say about the challenges in pulling off this dual role.

"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."

He also spoke about the bulky costume he had to wear on the set, which weighed 40 pounds.

"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."

Thor: The Dark World was released November 8th, 2013 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson. The film is directed by Alan Taylor.

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  1. the Narrator

    @ejk1 Lol. That's a disservice to Ray Parks' and his stunts, man.

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  2. ejk1

    @dan1 Nope. As pretty as she was, not even her. Ditto Sienna Miller.

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  3. Dan

    @ejk1 Lie. Rachel Nicols.

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  4. ejk1

    @narrator Nobody was tolerable in GI Joe.

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  5. the Narrator

    This confirms that director Alan Taylor is in fact approaching this as a fantasy piece and not just a norse/medieval tale. That was a concern of a friend of mine, but with a character like Kurse, that's clearly not the case.

    As for Adewale, I think the guy is great in almost anything he does, supporting character or primary star. I loved his character Eko in Lost (until the writers gave up on him), he was the only really tolerable person in G.I. Joe other than Ray Park, and likewise for Mummy: Returns, both of which were terrible Stephen Sommer's films. All in all, I wish the guy would start getting better roles and this seems to be like a particularly good character for him to tackle. I'm excited.

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  7. Monkeyiron 2.0

    I was hoping he would play executioner

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  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    He'd still make a great Wakanda Warrior

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