July  2022, saw the release of the much-awaited Thor: Love and Thunder. Released on the 8th of July in the United States, the movie was the sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and the 4th installment in MCU’s Thor franchise. The movie saw Chris Hemsworth alongside other actors reprising their roles in the franchise. However, a major reason for fans’ anticipation of the movie was the introduction of Christian Bale into the MCU.

Chris Hemsworth and Christian Bale.
Chris Hemsworth and Christain Bale. At a promotional event for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Christian Bale, an Oscar-winning actor has a global fanbase and is synonymous with the role of Batman for the current generation of movie buffs. Hence, a switch over from his famed DC character role to a Marvel antagonist had stirred up hype among people. Known for his dedication to roles and the extreme limits he goes on to physically and mentally achieve them. The actor’s casting as ‘Gorr’ in the new Thor movie made headlines, right from the day of the announcement.

Christian Bale felt insecure on the sets of Thor: Love and Thunder

Christian Bale has gone through insane physical transformations in the past for his roles, in movies like The Mechanist (2004) and Vice (2018) among others. For the recent release too, He took on a challenge to fit his role as ‘Gorr: The God Butcher’. Nonetheless, the skinny physique of Gorr in the movie contradicts his comic appearance as a muscular individual.

Bale and Hemsworth in their Thor: Love and Thunder look(s).
Christian Bale (left) and Chris Hemsworth (right).

The actor explains the reason in an interview, saying “He was also crazy musclebound in the comics. And I was in the middle of making another film where I was really quite skinny. I said, ‘Dude, nobody wants to see me in a G-string.’ And there’s no point in working out at all because you can’t compete with Chris.” Christian Bale in an interview revealed that he was worried about appearing shirtless next to Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder.I did have a look briefly and said, ‘He’s got a G-string on. Nobody wants to see me like that.” The Dark Knight actor was quoted as saying.

Did the struggle for the role pay off?

The actor further shared that turning into the character (Gorr) on the set used to render him incapable of doing anything. He said he was “pathetic” and was barely able to walk and do things because of the long nails. Bale also said that it “affected his brain.”

Christian Bale at an event.
Christian Bale.

Regardless, the actor’s toil has paid off with the movie’s massive success at the box office. The movie is doing well in the theaters in terms of box office collection. Bale received great reviews from fans and critics alike for his performance.

Thor: Love and Thunder is currently playing in theaters.

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