Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins: 'Thor's' Other Big Stars

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Chris Hemsworth has received a lot of press lately as the title character in Thor—as The Hollywood Reporter reported, he beat out his younger brother, Liam, for the role and bulked up so much he couldn’t fit into his God of Thunder costume. But what about the film’s other A-list stars?

Natalie Portman
As the storyline’s love interest, Jane Foster, Portman portrays a nurse torn between two men—a far cry from her role as an unhinged ballerina in Black Swan. The very-pregnant actress, due to give birth this summer, promised she would take a step back from acting for awhile to focus on motherhood, and it seems she is keeping true to her word. Recently she passed on the five-hour flight from New York to Los Angeles for the Thor premiere and has not publicly announced any future films in the works.

Sir Anthony Hopkins
Veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins sports a gold eyepatch in the role of Thor's powerful father, Odin. Getting there wasn't so easy, however: Hopkins, 73, was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, he tells the UK's Biography Channel. “I was lousy in school: a real screw-up, a moron," he says. "I was antisocial and didn’t bother with the other kids… That’s why I became an actor.”

Kat Dennings
Director Kenneth Branagh cast the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist star, 24, as Darcy, Jane Foster’s assistant. Dennings is known more for her eccentric, awkward, and often hilarious mannerisms—in real life and on screen. The role of Darcy, however, opened up the otherwise melodramatic film to some comedic relief. “She’s very Scooby-Doo, if that makes sense,” Dennings tells the LA Times. “She’s always three steps behind and reacting to what’s happening with these great expressions. ‘Zoinks.’”

Rene Russo
The 57-year-old actress recently she chose the part of Thor's mother as her Hollywood comeback role—Thor is her first major acting gig in six years. Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno April 27, Russo explained her daughter was the one who pushed her to act again. “My daughter, one day, made me feel like a complete loser,” the actress told Leno. “She said, ‘Mom, get a job!’ I did truly feel like, ‘Well, maybe I should get a job!’ So finally I said, ‘OK, I’ll get a job.’”

 

 

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