I attended this event as a guest of Disney/Marvel/Dreamworks and all opinions are 100% my own.
He was dashing as Flynn Rider, hilarious as Chuck and now, Zac Levi joins the warriors three as Fandral in Thor 2: The Dark World. And lucky for us, we had the opportunity to chat with him before we saw the film!
Here’s some things we learned about Zac:
He follows his Twitter feed.
He does the Smolder (as well as Flynn, I promise)
He’s kissed lots of beautiful women.
He’s totally Bris-Guardian.
Haley Berry gives him stage fright. (come on, it’s HALEY!)
Want to know more? Check out some of the interview questions we asked him:
Q: I have a fan question, how battered and bruised do you get and what the remedy is to the pain?
Zac: Ha… Doing what exactly? I dare say. No, you know what, I didn’t get that battered and bruised. There was a couple, I think I dislocated a rib at one point, but that was a freak accident. And then probably the worst thing that happened to me was I slammed my finger in my trailer door. Which is incredibly unglamorous. And that’s just ice and alcohol – that’s pretty much how you how you deal with that. It was a really well oiled machine of a set.
Our stunt coordinators and everybody, everybody was like incredibly good and dialed in. And I never at one point felt like I was at risk of getting incredibly injured. I also wasn’t doing nearly as much stuff as Chris was doing. I mean, you know, Chris has the lion share of all the action in that movie. And then myself, and Ray, and Tadd, and Jaimie we all some really fun stuff to kind of kick into that. But, I was reasonably safe and didn’t get too hurt.
Q: Were you nervous about taking this role and being apart of this huge franchise?
Zac: You know, I was nervous about coming in and-and having any ill-will if there was going to be any ill-will from any of the rest of the cast, knowing that Josh had played it in the first film. Ah, some of the cast knew, I mean, Tom knew, and I think and Jamie did. I could, I’ve known Jaimie for a while, because I was originally going to be Fandral and then Chuck got in the way and I wasn’t able to do it. And then Josh was able to play the role and did a fantastic job.
But not everybody knew that. And so I didn’t want to feel like the guy who’s coming in and like taking somebody else’s job away. But his job, his role on Once Upon a Time conflicted, it was very like, so that happened to me and that happened to him and came back around. But that was the only thing I was kind of nervous about. Being apart of the Marvel Universe is nothing to be nervous about. I you should just celebrate that. Like you get to be apart of this incredible comic book and lineage and family and universe that they’ve built, which is incredible, you know.
And then, you know, like one of the first days on set Tom gave me a big hug and said, welcome, glad you were finally able to come and do this. And I felt that love from everybody. And so I wasn’t nervous beyond that.
Q: Did you bring a little bit of Flynn Riders charm to your role?
Zac: Sure, yeah. Yeah, I mean, I guess you bring a little bit of yourself to every role you do. And I think that, you know, it’s really just kind of a matter of like, these dials of, is this a charming character, is it not,is he a, ah, a loyal character, is he not, is he trust worthy, is he loving, is he menacing, is he strong, is he weak, is he nerdy. I mean, I feel like I’ve played my share of nerdy characters, ah, and that’s an easy dial for me.
Ah, the-the nerdy dial. But, um, Flynn Rider was a dream come true. I mean, I grew up doing nothing but watching Disney cartoons and movies, and particularly musicals, and loving all of them, and dreaming about getting to do just that. So the fact, what was interesting is when I, first auditioned for Flynn Rider, he was English, he had a British accent. And I don’t know if that was more just kind of, just, they-they were still kind of deciding is he going to have a British accent or not or whatever.
So there was definitely, the original Flynn Rider and Fandral the Dashing are much more similar than people realize. And then Flynn ended up becoming much more my own kind of intonation voice. And Fandral was just, you know, this incredible, it definitely had, there’s a parallel in the charm, I think, with the two of them. Um, but Fandral is very much more British. Well he’s Asgardean, but they all speak with British accents. So I don’t know. So Bris-Gardian, I don’t know what that would be. But very aero Flynn and swashbuckling and, you know…
Q: We’re you a fan of the comics before this?, The Marvels?
Zac: Absolutely. Absolutely. All of it, yeah. You know, Thor, interestingly enough, Thor. I was really big in X-Men, the whole kind of mutant category, like X-Men, X-Factor, and X-Force, New Mutants, all that kind of stuff I really, really loved. Spider-Man, Iron Man to an extent, Captain America. I went through phases, you know, like I was kind of like, depending on how old I was, or what I was into at the time, I’d be like, yeah, I’m kind of done with that, now I really want to focus on these characters.
But, you know, the-the mutants were always kind of like, to me the most relatable. Because you felt like as a kid, you thought, well maybe I have that in me it just hasn’t manifested yet. You know what I mean? Like I can get to a place and eventually I’ll realize, I am super human and this’ll be great. Thor is a very unique Marvel character, he’s actually unique, amongst all the comics books, because he’s not somebody who was irregular guy who was thrust into extraordinary situations.
He’s a god. And how do you relate to that guy? And I think Marvel’s done a very good job in trying to, how do you bring down a god? How do you bring your god to Earth, you know, just as guardian demigod, you know, how do you bring him down to earth and have relatable to human beings? And they’ve done a great job by bringing Jane into that in the first movie. And that he falls for a human and that he was able to kind of realize what it is to be human through her, a little bit. And the other humans that he interacts with and encounters in the first movie and that just continues through the Avengers and the second movie.
So I think that, kudos to Marvel for kind of understanding that he’s a difficult character to relate with on the surface. He’s not a human being. Almost every other Marvel character is a human being. I still read Thor as well. Yeah, and the Avengers, I mean, you know, when you get everybody in one comic, you’re like, well it’s one stop shop, I love this, it’s easy.
In the end, Zachary Levi was charming and easy to talk to, and we learned a lot about him and the different characters he’s played. I’ll be stalking you on Twitter Zac, and thanks for taking a photo with us!