Taika Waititi has gotten candid on the Thor Love and Thunder red carpet at tonight’s premiere, telling an interviewer it was a conscious choice to show Chris Hemsworth’s bare butt in the movie.
Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder, was asked whose idea it was for viewers to see “Thor’s arse” by a journalist for Variety. It’s been confirmed that the movie will show Hemsworth’s backside without pixelation.
A startled Waititi paused before responding, “I wanna take the credit. I feel like we’d all talked about at the offices, me and Brad Winderbaum [head of streaming, television and animation at Marvel] like, yeah, we gotta show off this body. My whole thing was, Chris works so hard, you’ve got to show it off. Don’t cover it up with all these suits and capes.”
Taika Waititi on deciding to show Thor’s bare butt in #ThorLoveAndThunder: “We’ve got to show it off. Don’t cover it up with all these suits and capes.” https://t.co/3aIXbiXW0C pic.twitter.com/ANKhzBXa3R
— Variety (@Variety) June 24, 2022
And, fans in the Twitter comments section were grateful for the director’s creative choice with one commenting, “An Ally with a capital “A”.
In a recent interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Waititi teased fans about Hemsworth’s partially nude scenes.
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“In the movie, it’s not pixelated, though,” the director said. “You get the full Hems’ Worth. The full worthiness!”
He added, “With Chris, he’s worked so hard on that. It’s so many squats! It’d be depriving humanity if I didn’t show that.”
The red carpet premiere for Thor Love and Thunder is currently underway in Hollywood, and the film will hit Australian cinemas on July 7th, 2022.
Speaking of Thor Love and Thunder actors and their backsides, Hollywood heavyweight Christian Bale revealed that he almost turned down the role of Gorr the God Butcher when he discovered the villain attacks his victims wearing basically just a G-string.
“I did make the mistake of Googling him and, oh no! (In the comics) he runs around in a G-string all the time, and I thought, ‘They don’t have the right man for that!'” Bale said.
It was then time for the film’s director, Taika Waititi, to come to the rescue. “And then Taika quickly dispelled any notions of running around in that,” the actor added. “But I always did think what he could do with this in front of a bluescreen – he could chuck on whatever he wants later on.”
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