Idris Elba says reshoot for Thor: The Dark World was ‘torture’


During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Idris Elba, who played Heimdall in the Thor movies, talked about Thor: The Dark World reshoots and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela was a project that was dear to him when it was filming in South Africa. After that film wrapped, he had to go back to England to do reshoots for Thor: The Dark World, describing his experience like “torture.”

“It was really weird,” he begins. “I’d just done eight months in South Africa. I came to England and the day I came back I had to do reshoots on Thor 2.”

“And in the actual scene my hair was different, my…[sighs] I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’ ”

The scene he was talking about was when he’s taking down a Dark Elf’s spaceship.

“I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f—— helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela’. When I walked into the set the extras called me Madiba. I was literally walking in this man’s boots. [Within] six months, the crew, we were all so in love with this film we had made. I was him. I was Mandela, practically,” he insists.

“Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

From the sound of it, it felt like he wasn’t a fan of returning to play Heimdall, since he felt that he was honored to portray Mandela.

Do you think Idris Elba is being unappreciative about his Heimdall role?

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