Russel Crowe, appearing as the King of the Greek Gods in the movie Thor, has major disagreements over how Zeus should sound, with Taika Waititi arguing that he should have a British accent and Russell Crowe disagreeing saying that Zeus should refer to Greek culture. and therefore, have a Greek accent.
The result was that they spent endless hours in the studio preparing both versions and finally comparing them in full to decide which one to choose.
The opinion that prevailed in the end, was that of Russell Crowe, despite the fact that his accent does not exactly sound Greek, but moves between something reminiscent of Greece, New Zealand and Italy together. However, this matters little, as what counts is the “movement”.
In an interview granted by the popular director, he admitted that the one who was right was, after all, the protagonist, while he also stated that he was wrong to consider the idea “silly”.
Although it wasn’t an easy choice, speaking to Insider, the director said: “We actually talked at length about the accent.” “We wondered if someone did a Greek accent of a Greek god, is it going to be a farce? Will it be too silly?” But Russell really thought it would work, which it did, so Taika compromised – asking the iconic actor to film all of the scenes twice. “We ended up doing two versions of every take with Russell,” at this point you might be wondering, why did Taika think Zeus should sound British?
The film’s plot
The film finds Thor on a journey like no other before: the search for his inner peace, but his retreat is interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, who calls for the extermination of all the gods.
To counter the threat, Thor enlists King Valkyrie, Korg, and his ex, Jane Foster, who wields the magical hammer, Mjolnir, as Mighty Thor. Together they will embark on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery behind the God Butcher’s thirst for revenge and stop him before it’s too late.
Seeing as Laurence played Zeus in Clash of the Titans (1981) a film that would become pretty much immovable from our cinema consciousness, Taika “felt people would think Zeus would sound British,” just like the iconic actor.
Russell obliged but when the final cut rolled around, the director saw sense, saying: “It’s actually more offensive to the Greeks to have Zeus sound like he’s British.”
“And test audiences loved the Greek accent. I’m really happy with it. But, yeah, he had to do every take once in the Greek accent and once with a British accent because I couldn’t make up my mind. But Russell was right all along.”
The film is currently showing in cinemas and for the time being it is developing into the best franchise.
Finally, it is worth noting that the film it has one of the largest production budgets, reaching $250 million.