Actor Sam Neill says he’s ‘never understood’ any of the ‘Thor’ movies despite starring in them

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New Zealand actor Sam Neill. Phillip Faraone/Getty
  • Sam Neill admits he has “never understood” the “Thor” movies.
  • But he has starred in two: “Thor: Ragnarok” and the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
  • “The whole Marvel universe is a complete mystery to me,” he told Australian radio station Nova.
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Despite the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” marking the second time New Zealand actor Sam Neill will appear in the “Thor” franchise, he admits he has no clue what’s going on in the movies.

“I’ve never understood any of the ‘Thor’ films,” Neill told Australian radio station Nova (via The Independent). “In fact, the whole Marvel universe is a complete mystery to me.”

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Sam Neill in ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ Marvel

Neill, who appeared as an Asgardian actor portraying Thor’s father Odin (played in the franchise by Anthony Hopkins) in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” admits the cameo left him “baffled” and the only reason he went through with it was as a favor for the movie’s director, Taika Waititi. Neill had starred in his earlier movie, 2016’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”

“I was standing beside [New Zealand singer] Jenny Morris and I said, ‘Do you know what planet we’re on?'” Neill told the radio station of his “Ragnarok” cameo. “To be honest, I was completely baffled.”

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(L-R) Sam Neill and Taikia Waititi. Andrew Toth/Getty

Now Neill, best known for his starring roles in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, is even more confused because he said for “Love and Thunder” he will not be returning as an actor portraying Odin, but a different character.

“I came back and I was baffled again,” Neill said. “I did my bit, I don’t know who is playing who exactly because they are sort of swapping roles.”

“Love and Thunder” will be released in 2022. Along with Neill, other supporting roles include Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, and Natalie Portman coming back to the franchise since 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World.”

2022 will also see Neill in another blockbuster, “Jurassic World: Dominion,” in which he will reprise his role from the “Jurassic Park” movies, Dr. Alan Grant.