Christian Bale's 'Thor: Love and Thunder' Transformation Had Interesting Inspirations

Katherine Stinson - Author

Jun. 28 2022, Published 8:05 p.m. ET

Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale)
Source: Marvel Studios

Forget Natalie Portman's arms for just one moment (we know, it's challenging) — it's time for Christian Bale's jaw-dropping Thor: Love and Thunder transformation to shine.

Christian plays the film's central antagonist: Gorr the God Butcher. He's somewhat unrecognizable as the Marvel villain, disappearing into Gorr's ghostly, somewhat eery visage with dedicated gusto.

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So how long did it take for Christian to transform into the eerie, villainous Gorr? Did Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi draw any real-life inspiration for Gorr's look aside from the source material?

Here are all the super-powered details we found about Christian's Thor: Love and Thunder transformation.

Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale)
Source: Marvel Studios

Christian Bale looks downright creepy as Gorr.

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Christian Bale's 'Thor: Love and Thunder' transformation explained.

In a somewhat amusing twist, the actor that once played Batman with a fierce intensity was nearly defeated by — Gorr's nail extensions.

Christian admitted to Deadline that, "It rendered me completely incapable of everything. I was pathetic,” he said. “I found myself thinking things like, ‘I don’t think I can walk because I’ve got long nails.’ It affected my brain. I was like, ‘I can’t eat, I’ve got long nails.’ I was trying to type. I couldn’t do anything.”

The actor denied that Marilyn Manson was an inspiration for Gorr's look in the same interview. Christian said, "I was certainly influenced by the look of Nosferatu and I was influenced by another musician, Aphex Twin, and he’s got an incredible video called Come to Daddy, there’s a character in that that Taika and I both enjoyed and he was my reference."

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According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Christian's Thor: Love and Thunder transformation initially took four hours. However, Christian said that the wonderful team of makeup artists were eventually able to complete his Gorr look in three and a half hours.

Christian did commit to shaving his head to play Gorr for Thor: Love and Thunder's principal photography. However, he wasn't able to do so during reshoots.

Per, Marvel enlisted the help of a special effects team to create a bald cap for Christian so his Gorr look during reshoots would match the Gorr look shot during principal photography.

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Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale)
Source: Marvel Studios

Gorr wants to kill all the gods.

Christian told Extra that it took about an hour and a half for the makeup team to help him, "get rid of Gorr at the end of the day." He also noted in the same interview that he was coming from a film that required him to not be so muscular before he started work on Thor: Love and Thunder.

Taika was all on board with not outright copying Gorr's muscular look from the comics. The director thought it would be a good idea to keep Gorr less muscular than Thor as a visual contrast.

Thor: Love and Thunder may not premiere in theaters until July 8, 2022, but Christian's performance as Gorr already won over his co-star Chris Hemsworth.

Chris told IGN that, "Everything you'd imagine [Christian Bale] would bring to it,” he said. “Nuance and complexity and truth, levity. He's one of my favorite actors working, and I was so excited he agreed to jump on board here. What's he's done is that he's definitely one of my favorite villains in the Marvel universe."

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