Kenneth Branagh, 51, has been rocking both ends of the movie spectrum. He's getting Oscar buzz -- and a Golden Globe nomination -- for playing actor-director Sir Laurence Olivier in the art-house hit "My Week With Marilyn" opposite Michelle Williams. It's the story of the tensions on and off the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957) as chronicled by lovesick production assistant Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). And last summer, the Irish-born actor scored a global hit directing the Marvel comic blockbuster, "Thor." He talked exclusively to Yahoo! Movies about Hollywood goddess Marilyn Monroe, and having a blast playing with gods -- and Hollywood cash -- on the set of "Thor."
Thelma Adams: What are your impressions of Marilyn Monroe, the woman and the myth?
Kenneth Branagh: I didn't know enough about her childhood to know that something that had happened there had produced this sadness. She always brought this extra bit of atmosphere, even when she was gushing and laughing. Was itRead More »from Yahoo! Exclusive: Four-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh on Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams, ‘My Week With Marilyn’ — and ‘Thor’