In a week from now, the fourth installment of Marvel’s Thor franchise will hit theaters. As the date of release nears, audiences are excited to see what Thor: Love and Thunder will have in store as Chris Hemsworth has teamed up again with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. What’s got us even more intrigued is the terrifying antagonist of the film, Gorr the God butcher played by Christian Bale.
When the film’s trailer was released, fans went gaga over some comic-accurate visuals that it had. However, many sparked discussions about Bale’s appearance as Gorr in the film. While several theories given as to why his appearance is so different than his comic counterpart, Bale himself explained the cause. Conflicting schedules and time crunch were the reasons why Bale couldn’t bulk up to the level required to make his version of Gorr resemble the one in comics.
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Recently, in conversation with ComicBook.com, Bale shared his thoughts about the terrifying character coming to life for this film. He explained:
I was coming off of a film where it had been necessary to be sort of rather lacking in muscle, and then I saw the images and thought, ‘Well, that’s not gonna be possible… and this g-string thing that’s going on there.’ He looked in the comic books like physically, you know, someone to reckon with though. And I said, ‘Well, you know, that’s just not gonna be possible in the state I’m in. And we literally have three days between me finishing one film and heading over to Australia for the quarantine and what not.’ I like to usually have much more time in between, but the pandemic meant that things got worked out that way.
So we said, ‘All right, no, we’ll go with the supernatural powers that he does have, that he gets from the Necro sword, et cetera,’ which I think works really effectively, and, you know, they might wanna see his ass; they don’t wanna see mine. So let’s say lose that g-string – and that decision had, thank God, already been made the very first time I sat down with Taika… He went, ‘No, no, no, no, let’s not go there.’
If we take into consideration how revealing Gorr’s comic book attire was, Christian Bale’s hesitation towards donning that same clothing was justified. The fact that the decision to change Gorr’s fit was taken to focus more on his supernatural elements than his physicalities is truly impressive. The early reviews of Thor: Love and Thunder have already dubbed it as the best film of MCU’s phase 4. As the release gets closer, it’s becoming even harder to keep ourselves composed. Thor: Love and Thunder will release in the United States on July 8 in 4DX, RealD 3D, IMAX, ScreenX, and Dolby Cinema.