Apparently 'Thor: Love and Thunder' left these 2 fan favorite MCU stars on the cutting room floor
Peter Dinklage set Thor up for a star-driven scorch with perhaps one of the funniest lines from Avengers: Infinity War, while Jeff Goldblum pretty much threw out ridiculous zinger after zinger in Thor: Ragnarok. But aside from sharing past screen time with Asgardian lightning rod Chris Hemsworth, there's something else the MCU acting duo now have in common - and it might come as a bit of a disappointment to fans willing to check out Thor: Watch Love and Thunder this coming weekend.
Thanks to a recent interview with Marvel film newcomer Christian Bale, it looks like both Dinklage and Goldblum have teamed up with director Taika Waititi to reprise their previous MCU roles for Love and Thunder, capturing scenes that Bale described to Spanish-language website Prensa Escario as "beautiful, brilliant stuff." But, Bale explained, the work of both actors didn't make it into the finished product.
“I was allowed to work with Peter Dinklage. It's not in the last movie, but it's fantastic," said the former Batman actor, who is making his MCU debut as Love and Thunder's main villain, Gorr the God Butcher. "I've worked with Jeff Goldblum - he's not in the finished film either," Bale added. "As you can see, a lot of stuff ends up on the cutting room floor, even though it's beautiful, brilliant stuff."
As fans are probably aware, Dinklage played master smith Eitri in Infinity War, who was abused and abandoned by Thanos on Nidavellir until Thor shows up and needs his smithing services to create the powerful Stormbreaker axe. In order to craft the axe, however, Thor must start the Forge's stellar power source, prompting Eitri to throw a serious red flag: "You're about to take the full power of a star. Thor sticks to the mark and shrugs, muttering "Only if I die" in dismissal, forcing Eitri to get hilariously literal. "Yes ... that means killing you," stammers Dinklage, stunned.
Goldblum, meanwhile, rolled out a rude red carpet of cutesy humor in Thor: Ragnarok, directing the gladiator reunion between Thor and Hulk as the self-absorbed Grandmaster of the trash planet Sakaar. He's the guy who keeps the crowds happy by spending big moolah at the corniest parties in the universe, and exploited Hulk's short-lived visit long enough to claim him as the newest champion of his bread-and-blood sport. Worst of all is the disgusting state of his party ship, which has the Revengers (almost) gagging after stealing it and wondering what kind of parties Grandmaster must have thrown on it.
As for Bale's Love and Thunder role, impersonating the Marvel villain proved a lot less work than nailing the heroic nuances of his legendary trilogy of Dark Knight performances for DC. "It's the easiest job," admitted Bale. "It's easy to play a villain because everyone is fascinated by the villain. Playing the hero - that's the hardest job."
If Bale's theory is correct, that means Hemsworth and the rest of the Love and Thunder superhero cast will be letting the good guys do all the heavy lifting. Riding the energy wave of Thor's latest team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy gang, the film stars Guardians stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Pom Klementieff. Also starring are Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Natalie Portman as former flame Jane Foster, and Marvel newcomer Russell Crowe as Zeus.
Keep your eyes peeled for the skies: Thor Love and Thunder hits theaters on Friday, July 8th.
Thor: Love and Thunder is one of many big blockbusters set to hit the box office this summer. Jurassic World Dominion is out now and Jordan Peele's sci-fi horror mystery Nope hits theaters July 22nd.
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