Christian Bale, who is set to debut as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, sat down with Total Film, to finally talk about his MCU role and his thoughts about playing the sequel’s chief villain.
When asked what inspired the actor’s take on Gorr beyond the comics, Bale shared that it was “mostly hearing Taika [Waititi, Thor 4 director] thoughts” about the character. The veteran actor continued that his Gorr has a “Nosferatu slight attitude,” admitting that he and Waititi “wanted to do a whole dance” involving the villain.
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Christian Bale is best known for his dedication when it comes to portraying different roles. Recently, images of the actor’s transformation into Gorr using a bald cap prosthetic emerged online, solidifying the belief that Bale is willing to do anything to achieve the look. In addition, the actor’s latest comments about his efforts in researching and finding inspiration for his role as Gorr also support that sentiment.
Bale noted that he usually watches Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy” music video when trying to find inspiration for Gorr. Given that the aforementioned music video is filled with creepy imagery and disturbing themes, it looks like the Vice and American Psycho actor managed to find the right mix of being a terrifying yet intriguing adversary, as evidenced by Gorr’s design in the film’s trailers.
Bale’s remarks also revealed that an extensive collaboration happened between him and Waititi during production. It’s safe to assume that the Marvel director showed the actor what the franchise is all about, despite his comments about not knowing what the meaning of the MCU is.
At this point, the exact motivation of Gorr in Thor 4 is still unknown, but Chris Hemsworth said that it is a “truthful” one, and audiences will be able to “understand why he’s been tipped over the edge and why he’s gone down this path.”
Love and Thunder seems poised to showcase an emotional battle between Thor and Gorr that could be similar to other rivalries in the MCU.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to premiere in theaters on July 8.