Google Gave Christian Bale The Wrong Idea About His Thor: Love And Thunder Role

Christian Bale has done a lot of dramatic things for his roles — like losing 60 pounds for "The Machinist" — but there are some things that go a bit too far. One of those things was wearing a comic book-accurate costume for the role of Gorr the God Butcher

In "Thor: Love and Thunder," Gorr is the father of a young girl who dies of dehydration and starvation. Gorr prays to the god of his planet, hoping that he will end up in a promised land with his daughter when he passes. When he meets that god, he realizes that he not only doesn't care about Gorr's loss, but actually laughs at his pain. Gorr slaughters him, and vows that, with the help of the cursed weapon known as the Necrosword, he will kill all the gods in the galaxy. 

In the comics, Gorr and his family appear as humanoid aliens, but once he transforms from the influence of the Necrosword, he takes on a very dramatic look. His skin goes stark white, and he wears a shredded black cape. There are black discs and lines on his body, and a sort of g-string or thong that barely covers his nether regions. Combined with his yellow eyes and sharpened teeth, Gorr the God Butcher is pretty terrifying. For the movie, that look has been changed quite a bit from the comics, with Gorr in white robes, with black lips and fingers, and scars on his face where he cut off tattoos. 

And perhaps most importantly, that flimsy little bit of nothing covering the important parts isn't in evidence. That sound you here is Christian Bale sighing with relief.

That's quite the outfit

Comic book character design can differ pretty dramatically from what we end up seeing on the big or small screen. Something that is easy to draw or impactful to see on paper doesn't always translate. I'm not sure how the little thong would even stay on if you attempted to do a costume like that in an actual movie. 

In an interview with Total Film, Bale discussed learning about his Marvel character for the first time. He got the gist of what Gorr does from the name, but then he Googled his character. He said:

"[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!' And then Taika quickly dispelled any notions of running around in that. 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."

It's maybe best that director Taika Waititi chose not to do a comics-accurate costume for Gorr. Not that Bale couldn't have pulled it off, but he's creepy enough in those robes. The thong would have been a bit much for a family friendly film. Honestly, impactful as the design is, it's not the kind of thing you want to see any actor wearing in live-action.

"Thor: Love and Thunder" is in theaters now.