Make-up artist Bart Mixon shares images of Christian Bale’s transformation as Gorr the God Butcher — the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Christian Bale’s transformation as Gorr the God Butcher is chronicled in new behind-the-scenes images for Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Hemsworth returns to the MCU after Avengers: Endgame in his fourth solo film. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder will see the God of Thunder going up against Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher in the movie.
Disney is running a measured marketing campaign for Thor: Love and Thunder, keeping plot specifics tightly under wraps. But with less than a month to go before the project hits theaters, more details about it emerge. For starters, Waititi confirmed that the film is inspired by romance novels and will see Thor going through a midlife crisis. Meanwhile, his primary adversary in the narrative, Gorr won’t be a straightforward villain. If anything, viewers might even empathize with the Asgardian Prince’s next foe. Although details about Gorr’s motivation remain scant at the moment, Bale’s transformation as the MCU bad guy has been the public’s favorite topic of conversation with regard to the character.
In a string of new images from make-up artist Bart Mixon on Instagram, fans can see part of Bale’s transformation as Gorr the God Butcher. In the caption, he reveals that while the actor was able to shave his head during principal photography for Thor: Love and Thunder, he was unable to do so during reshoots, so they had to outfit him with the bald cap, and as Waititi told them, it looks good. Check out the photos from Mixon below:
Marvel Studios held off revealing the full look for Bale’s character, but Gorr the God Butcher was officially unveiled in Thor: Love and Thunder’s full trailer. Since there’s barely any context given regarding the character, fans have been fixated on his looks, particularly how Marvel Studios deviated quite a bit from the character’s appearance in Marvel comics. Since then, MCU’s Gorr has drawn comparisons with Voldemort. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For what it’s worth, the fact that much of his look in the film will be prosthetics makes his final appearance much more impressive since most alien characters in the franchise are fully CGI already, like Thanos. Not only does Gorr the God Butcher look striking and easily recognizable, but it also allows Bale’s performance to shine through.
For context, while Thor: Love and Thunder held its production in Australia, additional work took place in the US. That’s what Mixon is referring to in his post. Looking at how seamless they were able to recreate the character’s original look, Waititi was right when he said that they did a really great job. In any case, chances are that Marvel Studios was well aware that Bale would be unable to shave his head again during reshoots, perhaps due to another project that he is working on. With that, both parties were able to find a workaround for the situation. Otherwise, they may have been forced to deal with a similar crisis with Warner Bros. and Henry Cavill with Justice League.
Source: Bart Mixon/Instagram
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