Thor: Love and Thunder actor Christian Bale lets fans in on what he thought when he saw Gorr the God Butcher’s revealing costume in the Thor comics.
The character design and appearance of Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder is a major departure from his appearance in the Thor comics, but for Gorr actor Christian Bale, the change in costume, at least, was a welcome one.
“You sort of go, ‘I know what he does.’ It’s right there in the name, isn’t it?” Bale told Total Film magazine in reference to Gorr’s bloody “God Butcher” name. “But I did make the mistake of Googling him and, oh no! [In the comics] he runs around in a G-string all the time,” the actor continued. “And I thought, ‘They don’t have the right man for that!’ and then [director Taika Waititi] quickly dispelled any notions of running around in that. But I always did think what he could do with this in front of a bluescreen – he could chuck on whatever he wants later on.”
Gorr’s appearance may have changed from comic book to screen, but it appears that at least part of the character’s backstory has remained intact. Gorr’s vendetta against the gods arose when a lifetime of hardships and personal tragedies left him seeking vengeance against the gods that never helped him. According to Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, this adds a “complexity” to Gorr that makes for the “most interesting” kinds of villains. “You might not agree with how he’s going about it, but you understand why he’s been tipped over the edge and why he’s gone down this path,” Hemsworth said.
Although Gorr has undoubtedly committed villainous acts, his backstory and motivations make him more than a standard villain. Director Waititi considers Gorr to be the “most sympathetic villain” seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it seems that the few test audiences that have been seen love and thunder so far agree. “He’s also tested the highest out of any villain that Marvel’s had,” Waititi revealed.
For those disappointed that Gorr won’t have his comic-accurate G-string, love and thunder promises to deliver in another way. Like other MCU movies, love and thunder has been rated PG-13, but it is the first Marvel film to have “partial nudity” cited as a reason behind the rating. Although unconfirmed, this is likely to be due to an uncensored version of a scene in the trailer where Thor’s clothes are magically removed by Zeus.
Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on July 8th.
Source: Total Film via Games Radar