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Natalie Portman’s Jacked-Up ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Look Required a Bit of “Movie Magic”

How would Chris Hemsworth describe his fourth solo turn as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s almighty Norse god in Thor: Love and Thunder? It’s “a wacky romantic comedy set in space that you’ve never seen before.”

“It’s been 11 years now, and I have loved playing this character every time. It’s completely changed my life and helped establish my professional career,” continued Hemsworth at the film’s world premiere in Hollywood on Thursday. “Every time, I’ve done something completely different. With this new one, it’s a wild adventure, and we are rebuilding Thor. He’s on a journey of self-discovery, and as mentioned in the title, love is a big part of that. Love really embodies this film; it’s about self-love, love for friends, love for family and romantic love.”

Thor: Love and Thunder picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off. Thor has left New Asgard under the protection of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and set off into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. While joining the ragtag misfits, Thor is on a spiritual mission to discover what kind of man (or god) he really is. His journey is interrupted by a galactic being known as Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale. Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok in 2017, returns to helm the fourth Thor movie, bringing back his campy tone and rambunctious style.

“This is the funniest romantic comedy in the history of Marvel films,” declared Waititi, who also voices the warrior Korg, Thor’s loyal companion made out of rocks. “Thor is in an extensional crisis. Is he meant to be a superhero? What is his purpose in life? As he’s trying to figure out who he is, we put every single ridiculous idea and gag into this film.”

The film, out in theaters on July 8, is also a romantic tragedy. When Waititi began writing the screenplay with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, he wanted the story to be like a Mills & Boon novel—the U.K.’s equivalent of a Harlequin romance—filled with epic melodrama. “I didn’t want to shy away from romance and love. I always wanted the story to be this swept away adventure of love and having a good time,” said the Oscar winner. “But I hope people watching will feel something emotionally. There are many moments in this film that are touching. This film is quite emotional.”

Love and Thunder also marks the return of Thor’s ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), last seen in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. In this latest installment, Foster—to Thor’s surprise—inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Plus, she’s 6ft tall with an extremely toned body and muscular arms, which caused a commotion on social media.

“It’s funny to hear the reactions about my arms,” said Portman on the red carpet. “It was surreal playing this role and such an incredible opportunity. I turned 40 while making this, and transforming into a superhero was the greatest gift, and something I never imagined. It’s not common to have a 5’3 actress like me get cast to play a 6-foot superhero character.”

Standing nearly eye-to-eye with Hemsworth’s Thor, Portman says, required a lot of “movie magic.” She stood on an elevated ramp when she filmed her scenes next to the Asgardian warrior. The role also required intense preparation, including weight training workouts and diet changes—all worth it, says Portman.  “I’m so happy to finally see more female superheroes and the many different ways that women can have powers, different personalities, and different appearances,” the Oscar winner explained. “This is so important. All kids can now see a variety of women and find the ones they can identify with. I grew up with only one, like Wonder Woman, so now there’s a wider array of possibilities. This allows everyone to dream bigger and broader. I’m very happy that I get to experience this.”

Bale was called on to play Thor’s new terrifying foe, who threatens to overturn the galaxy by getting rid of immortals while killing the children of New Asgard. Feeling betrayed by the gods, Gorr is fueled by revenge and overtaken by rage.  

“My character is a monster, but he is the most sympathetic villain. People watching may be conflicted about his reasoning,” said Bale on the red carpet. “There’s a lot of anger, sadness and loss. I tell you, Taika Waititi is one funny dude, but he’s also a very sincere man. He writes and directs with beauty and with emotion that will break your heart. I think people are going to be surprised by that through our characters, and he’ll have you laughing your ass off as well.”

To transform into an ancient evil, Bale endured daily four-hour makeup and prosthetic sessions during the nearly five-month production. His look, influenced by the vampire Nosferatu and musician Aphex Twin’s performance in the music video “Come to Daddy,” required Bale’s entire face to be covered with indented keloid scars. He wore fake teeth covered with a black, sticky substance to hide the pink color in his mouth and on his tongue. He also had on long acrylic nails, which created challenges in real-life situations.

“I found myself ridiculously inept with the nails,” said Bale. “I couldn’t eat, type. I have a lot of respect for anyone wearing long acrylic nails now. I couldn’t do a damn thing with it.”

As for the future of Thor, Hemsworth says he would “absolutely” reprise the role once again, though nothing has been scheduled yet. If Love and Thunder is his final film as Thor, he hopes his performance and legacy as the lightning god will be remembered for bringing great joy.

“I remember as a young kid watching films and it being some of my favorite memories. I hope people will have the same experience when they watch Thor and have a great time,” said Hemsworth. “To be a part of films now, and to give back in that sense, is an absolute gift.”


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