‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Actor Addresses Infamous Floating Head Scene

Axl was done dirty with this shot.

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Thor: Love and Thunder actor Kieron L. Dyer addressed his infamous floating head scene from the film.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder received quite a mixed reception from critics and fans alike, with many criticizing the film’s visual effects, especially when compared to its predecessor, Ragnarok. Perhaps the most infamous showcase of the film’s visual effects involves a scene in which Axl (Kieron L. Dyer), the son of the late Heimdall (Idris Elba) has his face projected as he communicates with the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) after being kidnapped by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). This scene has been subject to memes, criticizing the film’s imagery.

Kieron L. Dyer was interviewed by Josh Wilding, and spoke about that particular Thor: Love and Thunder scene, revealing how it was brought to life:

“Yeah, so it was funny how they did it actually, because I thought I was going to be with the other actors when I did it but… so what happened was I came to set and I was the only person there. Because how they filmed it was, I was kind of sitting in this chair and the camera was like here, on my face, and it was just focusing on me. And Taika was there saying the other lines, as I say my lines. And so then he showed me the shot after of how they filmed that, because I wasn’t there when they filmed. They filmed it separately and kind of put my face in the scene.”

Kieron L. Dyer deserved better in his Thor appearance.

As someone who enjoyed Thor: Love and Thunder more than most, one point of legitimate criticism that can be made involves the shoddy visual effects that are likely subject to unfortunate treatment of overworked VFX artists that were rushed into meeting deadlines for the film. The fact that Kieron L. Dyer’s likeness as Axl has been subject to memes is unfortunate, and should serve as a reason as to why Marvel Studios should aim to give better treatment to its VFX artists and perhaps exercise stronger visions for such scenes to better serve their performers.

Here is the synopsis for Thor: Love and Thunder:

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

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Source: Josh Wilding (via TheDirect.com)

Noah Villaverde

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