Christian Bale: 'It’s Easier To Play the Villain than the Hero'

Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth Thor film starring Chris Hemsworth. The Norse superhero has a new threat, Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale.

Gorr the God Butcher vows to kill all the gods. The actor reveals why it’s easier to play the villain than the hero.

“Look, there’s a great pleasure in playing a villain,” Bale said during the Thor: Love and Thunder press conference. “It’s a lot easier to play a villain than it is to play a hero. Chris had a much tougher job."

"Everyone is fascinated with bad guys, right?" he asked. "Immediately. And then, the beauty of it is that Taika can make it bloody hilarious and then really moving as well in this story."

"I don’t know if it’s pushing it too much to say sympathy, but you sort of understand maybe why this guy is making awful decisions," he continued. "And he is a monster, and he is a butcher.”

Natalie Portman gets to be a superhero this time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she gets Thor’s power.

“I feel like getting this opportunity, first of all with such an incredible way to explore a female superhero that could be quite vulnerable and weak and find strength in that, and be more like a human I could relate to personally,” Portman said.

Portman added, "And then also I think it just gave me renewed respect for what Chris has been doing for over a decade, Tessa’s been doing, because I see how much work goes into it that I don’t think I was aware of when I was just like the chick in the first one."

She continued, "I didn’t see everything that went on behind the scenes that now when I got inside into all of the choreography and the training and everything, I would like, ‘Wow this is a triple job of what I was doing back then.'"

Directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, Thor: Love and Thunder opens in U.S. theaters on July 8, 2022.

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