Thor: Love and Thunder will feature a terrifying villain in the form of Gorr the God Butcher. The character is portrayed onscreen by Christian Bale, an actor best known for his roles in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Shame† save the dawnand American crowds† Expectations around Bale’s Marvel debut have been skyrocketing, especially after director Taika Waititi revealed that Gorr is the studio’s greatest villain ever, according to test audiences.
While Gorr is expected to unleash his wrath on various gods in the film, love and thunder lead actor Chris Hemsworth noted that the villain “has a truthful motivation” and that the public will be able to “understand why he was tipped over the edge and why he went down this road.”
Marketing for Thor 4 has incited Bale’s MCU arrival through promo images and concept art ahead of his first on-screen appearance. Finally, the film’s second trailer officially revealed the villain’s first footage, giving fans a glimpse into the character’s impressive yet terrifying design.
Now, ahead of the film’s premiere, the process behind Bale’s transformation into the bald villain has been revealed.
Thor 4 Photos Reveal Christian Bale’s ‘Bare’ Process
Thor: Love and Thunder Makeup artist Bart Mixon shared a new set of behind-the-scenes photos from the film, showing the process of Christian Bale going bald for his role as Gorr the God Butcher.
Mixon first confirmed that Bale couldn’t shave his head for the new shoot of the sequel, unlike the main shoot. As a result, a bald cap was required for the actor:
As Mixon revealed, love and thunder director Taika Waititi expressed his excitement at seeing Bale’s bald prosthesis, saying: “That looks great – now we don’t need bald people anymore!”
The veteran makeup artist also mentioned that Odd Studios created Bale’s prosthesis that allowed the actor to transform into the menacing Gorr:
The prosthesis is a realistic recreation of someone’s head, making it more believable that Bale is actually bald:
In his Instagram post, Mixon said the crew “mainly worked” on Bale’s stunt double while also revealing that the actor… “two days of shooting” during re-recordings.
Of course, Bale is no stranger to prosthetics, as the actor spends four to eight hours a day in the makeup chair on the Shame set to portray Dick Cheney. It seems that his transformation into Gorr is no problem for the Batman Begins actor:
Christian Bale’s Devotion to Thor 4 Villain Role
Christian Bale’s rigorous transformation into Gorr the God Butcher is a welcome sight for Marvel fans, especially as it exemplifies the actor’s dedication to the role. The fact that Bale also shaved his head for the role during the lead shooting also confirms his love for the character.
As with Bale’s Gorr, there are other MCU stars who have experience with lengthy makeup chair sessions.
Dave Bautista, that Drax from the Guardians of the Universeinitially spent three to five hours on makeup on the first movie before it was cut down to 90 minutes with a “shirt” for his arms and upper body. Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, transforms into her green-skinned character for three hours through intensely detailed work by two makeup artists.
Based on previous reports of Bale’s portrayal of Gorr, signs indicate the character will have a strong MCU debut. It is unknown if Gorr will return after the events of Thor: Love and Thunderbut the villain is poised to have a memorable performance that should be enough to leave a mark in the eyes of many Marvel fans.
Thor: Love and Thunder will premiere in theaters on July 8.