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Christian Bale Gives Talks Thor: Love And Thunder Green Screen Acting

GameRant 12/4/2022 Karl Anthony Simpson Jr.
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Christian Bale became another noteworthy figure to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year with his performance as Gorr the God Butcher in the Taika Waititi film Thor: Love and Thunder. Bale, whose resume includes films such as The Dark Knight, Ford v Ferrari, and American Psycho, discussed his time doing green screen work for the Marvel Studios film, which he described as the "definition of monotony."

Thor: Love and Thunder features Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Academy Award-winning actors Natalie Portman and Russell Crowe alongside Bale. The story focuses on the God of Thunder and his mission to stop Gorr the God Butcher, the galactic killer seeking to bring about the gods' extinction. Bale's casting unearthed incredible excitement because of his unique ability to adapt and immerse himself in any role, but green screen acting proved difficult for the award-winning actor.

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During an interview with GQ, Bale openly discussed his first-ever experience with green screen acting while working on the Marvel Studios film. "I mean, the definition of it is monotony," expressed Bale. "You’ve got good people. You’ve got other actors who are far more experienced at it than me. Can you differentiate one day from the next? No. Absolutely not. You have no idea what to do. I couldn’t even differentiate one stage from the next."

Despite the difficulty of adapting to the green screen-centric environment, Bale put forth a performance that critics and audiences alike have praised. The overall monotony, however, may have been a component that affected Bale's approach to Gorr the God Butcher and his ability to fully stay in character. When asked about possible Method acting attempts, Bale indicated that it would not have been possible. "That would've been a pitiful attempt to do that," stated Bale. "As I'm trying to get help getting the fangs in and out and explaining I've broken a nail, or I'm tripping over the tunic."

Nevertheless, the award-winning actor brought to life a fascinating antagonist who stood tall in an average film that failed to meet expectations. On Rotten Tomatoes, Thor: Love and Thunder is the lowest-rated Marvel Studios feature project of the year behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film has also earned less than the Doctor Strange sequel domestically and worldwide. Improvement does not appear to be looming with the upcoming release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which would place the film last among Marvel Studios' projects for the year.

Bale recently starred in David O. Russell's lastest film Amsterdam, which stars Margot Robbie and John David Washington. The 20th Century Studios film centers around three friends who witness a murder and become suspects. Bale will end the cinematic year with The Pale Blue Eye, a murder mystery that looks to hit toward the end of December.

Thor: Love and Thunder is currently available to watch on Disney Plus.

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Source: GQ

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