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Patty Jenkins did not believe she could make a good movie with the Thor: The Dark World script. Additionally, she did not want to be blamed for the sequel's failure, which seemed to be inevitable. The sequel is often hailed as the worst movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That particular topic blew up on social media this past weekend as passionate fans argued over whether Thor 2 or Iron Man 3 was the worst MCU project. Spoiler alert: Most of the votes came in for the Thor sequel.
Patty Jenkins was originally on board to direct Thor 2 and she had some different ideas from what Marvel Studios had in mind. She has noted in the past that she had a vision of a space opera with Romeo and Juliet mixed in. That is a far cry from what the finished movie became. Jenkins has not really talked about the experience very much over the years, but she recently went in depth as to why she left. The director had this to say.'I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. I think it would have been a huge deal - it would have looked like it was my fault. It would've looked like, 'Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.' That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, Do this with [another director] and it's not going to be a big deal. And maybe they'll understand it and love it more than I do. You can't do movies you don't believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn't have proved anything if I didn't succeed. I don't think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I'm super grateful.'
Obviously, Patty Jenkins made the right decision. Thor 2 came out how it did and she would have been blamed for it, there's no doubt. Even Chris Hemsworth has said, 'The second one is meh.' Taika Waititi came on board for Thor: Ragnarok and reinvigorated the God of Thunder, while Jenkins went on to direct DC's Wonder Woman, which was absolutely massive. She also went on to direct Wonder Woman 1984 and fans will be able to hopefully see the finished product this summer.
While working on Thor 2 didn't work out, Patty Jenkins holds no ill will. 'I really have nothing but positive things to say about Marvel, because, honestly, they gave me that chance in the first place and it was not en vogue to do so,' she said. Marvel Studios does take a lot of chances and having Jenkins on board at that time would have been big, but she went out and found her own franchise to take on.
As for her thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, she believes they found the right person for the job when they brought on Taika Waititi. She says, 'They found Thor's rightful director. Taika's so good for Thor. Oh my God, I love that movie. His tone with Thor was just masterful. That felt like pure Taika to me.' There's a lot of MCU fans who would agree with her, and more than a few who would have liked to have seen what she could...
More sad news on the Coronavirus front as several actors and artists have passed away from the deadly disease sweeping the globe. Actor Jay Benedict died Monday from the disease at age 68. He is best known in the states for roles in 1986's classic sci-fi thriller Aliens and 2012's blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises. Overseas he is perhaps best known for his starring role in the U.K. TV series Emmerdale.
The news of Jay Benedict's death was first reported by TCG Artist Management's Kristin Tarry. She has represented the actor for over twenty years. She had this to say about his death on Monday.'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.'
Jay Benedict's role in Aliens was greatly expanded in James Cameron's director's cut of the 1986 box office hit. He played Newt's father, with a major scene featuring the actor returned in a later version of the movie. In The Dark Knight Rises he played Rich Twit for director Christopher Nolan. On Emmerdale, he played Doug Hamilton in the series, which has aired in the UK. since 1972. He made his first appearance on the show in the late '90s.
The actor is survived by wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons Freddie andLeopold. Friend Pierce Brosnan posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram to the late actor. He had this to say about Jay Benedict.'My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on... we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena... Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always.' 'He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself.'
Vicki Michelle, who co-starred with Benedict on Emmerdale, also had fond words for her friend, which she posted on twitter.
Jay Benedict was also remembered by actor David Menkin, who went onto say, 'Jay Benedict - one of the greats - passed away today. If you work in ADR, dubbing, voiceovers, theatre or film in London, you know why we're heartbroken; a big voice and even bigger personality has left us.' Benedict is the most recent in a list of celebrities, actors and artist who have lost their lives to the deadly virus sweeping across the globe at this time. Patricia Bosworth succumbed to the disease on Thursday at 86. She acted opposite Audrey Hepburn but was perhaps better known for...