Russell Crowe wanted to play Zeus with a Greek accent.
However, Waititi was not sold and had him film his scenes once with a Greek accent and then with a British accent.
“Russell was right the whole time,” Waititi said. They went with the Greek dialect.
It might sound like Russell Crowe, speaking with a Greek accent, plays Zeus without any thought.”Thor: love and thunder,But writer and director Taika Waititi wasn’t convinced when they shot the movie.
In fact, Crowe did all his scenes twice, once with a Greek accent and a second with a British accent. Tell Waititi from the inside.
“We actually talked at length about dialect,” he said. “We wondered if someone was using a Greek dialect for a Greek god, would it be a farce? Would it be so ridiculous?”
However, Crowe was in God’s work camp with a Greek accent. So Waititi reached a compromise.
“We ended up making two copies of each shot with Russell,” he said. “One with a Greek accent and then the other with a British accent. Because I felt like people thought Zeus would sound British like Laurence Olivier in “Clash of the Titans”. In the 1981 film based on the Greek myth of Perseus, English actor Olivier plays Zeus.
When post-production came, it was finally time to make a decision. That’s when Waititi realized something.
“It is in fact more offensive to the Greeks that Zeus appears to be British,” he said. “And the test audience loved the Greek accent. I’m really happy with it. But, yeah, he had to do it every time with a Greek accent and once with a British accent because I couldn’t decide. But Russell was right the whole time.”
In Love and Thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) seeks Zeus’ support to confront the butcher of Gore the Good (Christian Bale). However, it results in Thor not getting help and instead Zeus taking his clothes off.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is currently showing in theaters.
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