Christian Bale has shared new details on his MCU debut as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder. The actor said a scene involving his character’s backstory was deemed “too extreme” to be featured in the final cut, so it was removed. This story contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Speaking to IGN, Bale said Gorr begins as a very religious person who covers his body with tattoos that demonstrate his faith. However, events transpire in his life and he loses his religion, so he scrapes out his tattoos. This is where his scars come from. Bale said this was “too extreme” to show in the movie, which aims to be a family movie that appeals to a wide audience.
“He’s a highly religious character at the beginning with tattoos displaying his piousness, and then he becomes disillusioned with that, and then literally just mutilates himself to get rid of that,” Bale said.