When it comes to Thor: Love and Thunder, who would have thought that the Chris Hemsworth-led film which saw its release a few months ago would still be making headlines? Unfortunately, whatever new information comes to the surface seems to be doing nothing but disappoint the fans of the MCU. In a recent interview, Christian Bale, the renowned actor who meticulously depicted Gorr the God Butcher, revealed how certain R-Rated scenes with the villain were deleted from the film.
While Marvel has been releasing several deleted scenes from the Taika Waititi-directed endeavor, it cannot be ascertained whether the fans would ever get to witness the brilliance of such unfiltered, raw, presumably gore-y scenes. Whatever the premise involved, it seemed to have disturbed even Bale’s co-star Chris Hemsworth.
Chris Hemsworth’s Reaction To The R-Rated Gorr Scenes
In the interview with Inverse, Christian Bale stated how director Taika Waititi and the actor himself tried pushing the limits of the MCU. As we all know, the franchise is strictly noted for its PG-13 attempts. It seldom strays the line of depictions that may not be suitable for a movie-going audience that mainly constitutes children and families.
What actually happened is that the actor and the filmmaker tried improvising certain scenes which they both knew would never end up being put in the film. However, they still wished to test the limits and see if any of them would be feasible as a possible addition. Much to many of the fans’ dismay, the film needed to follow a premise that would allow families to “go and enjoy it.”
Chris Hemsworth seemed to follow a similar line of thought. As Bale recalls it, the Extraction alum, in between those R-Rated sequences, would stare at The Dark Knight star, almost as if telling him that the scenes would indeed go a “little too far” for a film that is rated PG-13.
Here is the full quote:
“With Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika and me, we kind of knew that some of the stuff we were doing probably wouldn’t end up in the film, but we wanted to just push it and see. Ultimately, it is and should be a film that all the family can go and enjoy. And Chris Hemsworth, a couple of times he looked at me it was like, ‘Dude, that’s a little too far. I don’t think anyone’s gonna want to see that unless it’s an R-rated film’…”
Bale did remark that while it’s unfortunate to not have those scenes be in the film’s final cut, it was extremely fun to do them and provided the actor with “great joy.” The news has disheartened many fans of MCU who have always campaigned for a proper R-Rated Marvel film. However, as substantiated by the American Psycho alum, the decision taken seems understandable from a commercial, business point of view.
Fans Mourn What Could’ve Been
For consistent movie-loving audiences, one would be missing out on sheer brilliance if they are not acquainted with the dynamic range of characters Christian Bale has portrayed throughout his career. From heroic roles to unconventional baddies, but also characters that land up somewhere in between – Bale has done it all. The talented actor and the scale of performances he has rewarded his fans with have always amazed everyone, critics as well as the general audience.
Therefore, with Gorr’s depiction, fans have long believed that the actor’s extensive potential was barely tapped into. Previously, fans were disappointed with the lack of screen-time he enjoyed in Thor: Love and Thunder and now they’re getting to know that the actor’s potential was indeed explored, but none of it ended up being in the film.
To say they are pissed would be underselling it. Take a look:
taika watiti had r-rated scenes with chirstian mf bale as gorr and still dropped the ball pic.twitter.com/O6NBCttuU8
— psychy ✰ (@chillreplyguy) September 27, 2022
imagine filming R rated scenes with Christian fucking Bale as Gorr and then being like nah cut them https://t.co/vaeHIMd9Hm
— John Stewart Green Lantern (@LanternJS) September 26, 2022
Jane as main character, rated r Gorr…. I feel robbed, not gonna lie
— Amanda (@AmandaScyfried) September 27, 2022
He was so good in the PG-13 rating so imagine how much better he could be in an R rating where he could let loose
— 🗡Antron🗡 (@__Antron__) September 26, 2022
tbh they should have just gone all out and made a cut of this movie with all the R-rated stuff and released it a few months after the original launch. There is absolutely a market for darker superhero stuff, so why not please both sides
— alfoxie (@alfoxie) September 27, 2022
Imagine watching your assembly cut and saying, “you see the only actor giving a compelling performance? Let’s cut his stuff to the bone.”
— Teth Carlos Dm 🦇 (@CdnCapedCrusadr) September 27, 2022
It seems like the criticisms towards the Chris Hemsworth film will never stop anytime soon. With new details getting unearthed and several deleted scenes making their way to dishearten the fans further, one can only wonder what the film could’ve been if it did not center its identity around nonsensical comedic elements.
With Christian Bale revealing the existence of deleted R-Rated scenes in the Thor 4 premise, fans yearn for a plausibility where they could witness the unrestricted excellence of the actor as Gorr. Alas, such possibilities do appear slim as of now.
Thor: Love and Thunder, featuring Chris Hemsworth and Christian Bale is available for streaming on Disney+.