Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are in absolute awe of Oscar winner Christian Bale's terrifying turn as Gorr the God Butcher in the latest MCU film "Thor: Love and Thunder". In the movie, Hemsworth returns as the titular superhero, a role that he previously played in three solo and four “Avengers” films. Bale, who earlier played Batman in Christopher Nolan's critically-acclaimed "Dark Knight" trilogy, features in the film as Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods.
Hemsworth said he liked how Bale brought different layers to the character with his performance. "There’s so much drama and insanity around Gorr, but Christian Bale managed to pull the focus right into each moment. You can’t take your eyes off him. The character is fascinating, because like all good villains, Gorr has a point.
"He may not be going about it the right way, but there’s empathy in the script and Christian brought so many more layers and so much more depth to Gorr," the Australian star said in a statement.
Portman, who is returning as Jane Foster from 2011’s “Thor” and 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World”, confessed that she was "scared" by Bale's presence as Gorr on the film's sets.
"All of us were actually a little scared in Gorr’s presence," said the actor, who in the movie will be taking on the mantle of The Mighty Thor, the female incarnation of the superhero.
Actor Tessa Thompson, who reprises her MCU role of Valkyrie, found Bale "mesmerising" as Gorr.
"He does that thing that Marvel villains do so well, which is that you see their villainy comes from pain, from some unprocessed trauma," she added.
Filmmaker Taika Waititi said Bale's Gorr takes things a notch above from what Cate Blanchett's Hela did in 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok".
“We needed to step up from Hela and find a villain who was somehow even more formidable and we found that in Gorr, who is played by the remarkable Christian Bale," the director said.
Produced by Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios, "Thor: Love and Thunder” will make its debut in Indian theatres on July 7.
It will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.