Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are in absolute awe of Oscar-winning Christian Bale’s horrific role as Gorr the God Butcher in the latest MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder.
In the film, Hemsworth returns as a superhero, a role he previously played in three singles and four Avengers films.
Bell, who previously played Batman in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, appears in the film as Gore the Good Butcher, a galactic slayer seeking the extinction of the gods.
Hemsworth said he loved how Bale brought different layers to the character through his performance.
“There’s a lot of drama and craziness around Gore, but Christian Bale manages to capture the focus in every moment. You can’t take your eyes off him. The character is great because like all good villains, Gore has a point.”
“He may not have approached it the right way, but there is empathy in the script and Christian brings so much layer and more depth to Gore,” the Australian star said in a statement.
Portman, who will return as Jane Foster from 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, admitted that she was “afraid” of Bell having the role of Gore on the film’s sets.
“We were all actually a little scared in the presence of gore,” said the actor, who in the film will take on the mantle of The Mighty Thor, the female incarnation of the superhero.
Actress Tessa Thompson, who reprises her role in the MCU in Valkyrie, finds Bill “glamorous” as Gore. “It does that thing that Marvel villains do so well, which is you see their villains come from pain, from some untreated trauma,” she added.
Director Taika Waititi said Bale’s Gorr takes things a notch higher than what Hila Cate Blanchett did in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.
“We needed to get out of Hella and find the villain who was somehow more terrifying and we found that in Gore, played by fantastic Christian Bale,” the director said.
Produced by Marvel Studios led by Kevin Feige, Thor: Love and Thunder will premiere in Indian theaters on July 7. It will be published in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages.