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Time for Thor to “play the game?”


IGN.com has a story about the upcoming THOR movie, which just had STARDUST’S Matthew Vaughn sign on as director. But who will play the Norse God?

The story says that Marvel is interested in getting WWE star (and Vince McMahon son-in-law) Triple H (Paul Levesque) to play the part. You may remember that a few years ago, Triple H was in BLADE: TRINITY and was a candidate to play everyone’s favorite barbarian in the not-yet-made KING CONAN.

Movies starring wrestlers have not fared well in recent times. WWE created their own film division to feature some of the stars (John Cena, Steve Austin), but not of the films have been successful. The Rock has been a couple Hollywood hits, but in a supporting role.

How would the “King of Kings” do as “The God of Thunder?” Well, he’s got long hair, lots of muscles and already carries around a hammer. It sounds like he’s already on his way.

You be the judge.

Posted by Mark Coale

  1. HA HA! I used to watch Wrestling and it never occured to me that HHH has swung a hammer around in the ring a few times! I don’t think he has the chops to play a norse god. Definitely could look the part, but he couldn’t keep up the accent and form of speech.

    Back when HHH debuted, he was Hunter Hearst Helmsley, who was a rich snobby character. That’s as close as HHH will come to speaking like Thor.

    But who the hell else could play thor? Anyone know any buff, huge actors out there?

  2. I don’t know…

    Thor was known for his nobility as well as for his ability to kick butt.

    Just ’cause someone’s got long hair and muscles doesn’t mean he can play Thor. If that were the case, then I’d be a shoe-in to play Odin with my white hair and beard!

  3. You know… When are we going to get some superhero cross overs in the movies. I mean, if we can have Freddy Vs. Jason and Aliens Vs. Predator, why not Hulk Vs. Spider-Man, or X-Men teams up with Iron Man, or whatever?

  4. Movies need actors!

    Btw, CM, there are many licensing problems with it. ‘Sides, this may still be a little too geeky for the general public to handle. ;)

  5. I understand that Matthew Vaughn wants ROME’s Kevin McKidd (Lucius Vorenus) for the role. Personally, I’d go with the actor over the beefcake…

  6. Triple H looks a bit Ultimate there.

    Anyway, Thor will probably be CGI and Donald Blake will be played by someone like Jason Biggs. And it’ll turn into a story about growing up.

  7. That DOES sound like Hollywood Pete but the script they are currently using is much different from that.

    Part of me thinks that the look of Thor is the most important thing. If he isn’t totally towering over everyone else, its not really Thor. Plus, its not like Thor requires a llot of range. Yeah he has a formal way of speaking and an accent but when you get down to it he is a Viking and is that really that different from a wrestler?

  8. He looks the part, and who knows if you really need a decent actor in that part. I loved Arnold as Conan, and we know he can’t act at all…

    On another note, I read those preview pages that PW did for the Popeye book coming out in November. I’d never read any of the original strips before. They were excellent!

  9. HHH is really the obvious choice. And the thing is, HHH can act. He really can. Watch any given night on RAW and he’s playing a role. It’s not one with a lot of range, but he plays it pretty darn well.

    And THE most important thing about Thor is his physicality, and HHH has that in spades.

  10. Loki is the ultimate ham part and anyone could play him. I don’t think he needs to be big or small or anything in particular. Any acting that wants to play way over the top evil/crazy would be a good fit.

  11. You know who’d be cool as Don Blake?
    David Hyde Pierce.

    Whoever gets chosen, I hope the two alter ego actors work out something with the director so that certain motions or reactions (body language, if you will) are shared so that the audience sees that these two actors are playing the same being.

  12. HHH obviously looks the part but so what? I doubt he would be able to act his way out of a paper bag. I think that some minimum standard should be expected. HHH would take a film that already will have the burden of having a less recognizable character to sell and insure that it’ll enjoy no more than B status. I think someone like Viggo Mortensen would be a better choice. Lord of the Rings and Thor have their similarities.

  13. I just want to add a correction to that the Rock’s movies have done well. I am not big on the movie business but I know he was the main character in 2 of his movies. Maybe I am misunderstanding it.
    As far as Triple H playing the part.. I think he could do it. Triple H had a part in Blade Trinity and did great. Also the person who stated that wrestling is acting cause you play a role is correct. Wrestlers have to adapt to different roles. Yes it may not be the type of range that a regular would have but its still acting on a regular basis. Triple H has gone from a evil bad guy to a humorous good on tv. So I think he could do it.

  14. HHH would be great to play thor in the upcoming movie…but incase he doesnt get the part he would be terrific to play conan in the not-yet-made upcoming movie..because for those wrestling fans out there i think it was wrestlemania 22 he made a special entrance in his match and he was dressed up as conan he even had the big throne and all his symbols that represent him and he actually didnt look that bad dressed as conan….so i think HHH will be a good pick for any of the both movies

  15. Triple is perfect for the role in appearance but i have no idea if he can act in a leading role like thor. Thor just seems like a very demanding role all around. but hey- all hes really gotta do is say something about his hammer, being god of thunder, and throw son of odin in there somewhere and ill be happy!

  16. Triple H is great for this movie he has the look, the character, and yrs he can act, he’s been doing it in WWE for the past decade,
    love im or hate him he is the right guy time to play THOR!!!

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  18. Has anyone else given any thought to the awesome possibility that the techno viking that graces those videos on youtube might be an awesome thor? Especially if by now he has stopped raving and bulked up. I also would appreciate Eomer from Lord of the rings although so far his venture into vikingdom hasn’t been pretty.

  19. James preston would be a good choiçe or nathan jones.but nathan jones it is not an actor that could pull this off but he shure has the looks of a powerfull warrior.

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