In a new interview, Thor: Ragnarok star Cate Blanchett talks about what it’s like to play the bad guy in a Marvel movie and why she chose to work on the project.
Blanchett started her interview with Entertainment Weekly by explaining why she chose the role. As it turns out, it has less to do with the opportunity to play the primary antagonist and more to do with wanting to work with the movie’s director.
“As a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently… But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi. I had seen his vampire movie [What We Do in the Shadows] and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I was trying to get my head around the collision of his sensibility as a director and what had previously existed in the Thor franchise and I thought that’s going to be interesting to say the least and I thought it could produce an interesting combustible connection because tonally his work is so different from what previously existed. Obviously they wanted to do something fresh and different, which is always exciting.”
That’s not to say that playing the MCU’s first major female antagonist wasn’t an appealing prospect to the Oscar-winning actress, though, as she saw this as a big deal in and of itself.
“Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum.”
It should be noted that Iron Man 3 was originally going to have the MCU’s first major female villain in the form of Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen, but a harebrained executive decision about toy sales reduced the character’s role in the story and shifted the role of big villain over to Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. So, four years later, it looks as though Cate Blanchett will get to fix that mistake, and hopefully raise the bar for future actresses that will get to play evil characters in the setting while she’s at it.
Thor: Ragnarok rides into battle on November 3, 2017 with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Doctor Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Tesssa Thompson as Valkyrie, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin Borson, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Karl Urban as Skurge, Jeff Goldblum as En Dwi Gast (The Grandmaster), Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, and Cate Blanchett as Hela.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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