Anthony Hopkins gave his "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh the confidence to portray acting great Lawrence Olivier on the big screen by telling the star all about his encounters with the legend.
Branagh was mulling over the idea of playing Olivier opposite Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn" as he shot "Thor" - and he couldn't decide whether it was something he could pull off.
He says, "Tony had worked with Olivier himself. (He) knew him well, and had many war stories, many intimate observations of the way Olivier was, and that, to some extent, gave me the confidence to try and do it."
"My Week With Marilyn "chronicles a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe in which she escapes the shackles of her Hollywood career and embraces British life with Colin Clark. Based on Clark's diaries, it is directed by Simon Curtis and has Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson among the cast.