When Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) hits theaters on July 8th, he’ll look very different from his comic book counterpart. While both versions still feature a gray-footed alien, Bell’s version is missing the character’s distinctive tendrils extending from his head. The character’s dark black robe also disappeared. The live action version also has a nose while Gorr has a flat face.
Part of the reason behind the change in appearance according to Thor: Love and Thunder helmer Taika Waititi, is that the comic version looked very similar to Lord Voldemort from The Harry Potter series.
– IGN (IGN) 29 June 2022
„His face in the comics, unfortunately, kind of looks like Voldemort,“ the director said on a Winterview press tour with IGN. So I was like, ‚People are going to automatically make this connection. „So we decided to move away from that design and keep some kind of tone element, and the fact that he had a sword. Really, his story was the most important thing to us.“
When we spoke to Bill, the actor said Gore’s comic appearance simply wasn’t possible with him taking the role.
„I was getting out of a movie where I had to be kind of lacking in muscle,“ Bell explained. „Then I saw the pictures and thought, ‚Okay, that’s not going to be possible… and this thing that’s going on over there.'“ He looked through the comic books like he was physically, you know, someone to reckon with. And I said, ‚Well, you know, that wouldn’t be possible in the state I’m in.‘ And we have three days between finishing one movie and going to Australia for quarantine and so on. I usually like to have more time in between, but the pandemic means things have gone that way.
Taika Waititi, who directed Motorcycle rentalReturn to direct Thor: Love and Thunder. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Kaiten Robinson. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jimmy Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Jean, Jeff Goldblum, and Vin Diesel.
Thor: Love and Thunder Opens in theaters July 8.
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