‘Thor: The Dark World': Christopher Eccleston Reveals Malekith’s Humanity

by Brett White

Judging by some incredibly menacing moments in the “Thor: The Dark Worldtrailers, it looks like the evil dark elf Malekith is going to make the malevolent Loki look like a lil’ ol’ prankster by comparison. Actor Christopher Eccleston brings Malekith to life, underneath the heavy armor and extensive elvish prosthetics. His signature accent, one ingrained in “Doctor Who” fans thanks to his stint on the series, will even be disguised thanks to an incredibly in-depth elvish language created for the film.

“[The language was] created by a very talented man,” said Eccleston in the latest issue of Total Film, as reported by Comic Book Movie. “But I’m not sure he’s absolutely a people person that knows the language has to be spoken! So bringing it to life in a short space of time created some tension, but I think that is a supreme example of Alan trying to ground actors in reality. In an odd way, it may provide these villainous guys some pathos; it may just humanize them.”

Director Alan Taylor also has faith that audiences will find more to Thor’s new adversary than meets the eye. “Finding a way to be a villain in these movies is a really tricky thing,” revealed Taylor. “Christopher has been very articulate and useful. There’s a default position which is very easy, you cackle madly and laugh! I think we’ve done a lot of work to make Malekith a three-dimensional character who has an understandable back-story and a motive for what he’s doing.”

And what is he doing? Well, if we’re to believe the trailers, he’s trying to destroy all of reality and wrecking London by throwing a bunch of giant black warships their way. So, you know, he better have a pretty good reason for doing all of that.

Justifiable motive or not, Taylor praised Eccleston for giving the role his all, considering the amount of obstacles playing a dark elf proposed. “There are portions in making all of these movies where you suddenly realize this is ridiculous: ’I’m wearing a rubber suit and I’m speaking Elven! But if you do it with conviction, hopefully you can be full on, and he gave it his all.”

“Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters on November 8th.

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