Before the success of ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ Marvel fans gave the thunder god’s solo films a very “meh” reception. One person who is definitely not a fan of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ is Christopher Eccleston, who has admitted to having a bad time playing villain Malekith in the 2013 film.
Eccleston recently spoke to Graham Norton regarding the role, admitting that the biggest draw was the money. He said:
“Not my greatest moment, it has to be said.”
The actor was then asked about his prosthetics for the role and explained that the extensive costuming process was not properly explained. The actor was given an arrival time of 4am and had to sit in the make-up chair until 10:30am. He explained:
“The first couple of days it was about seven hours, eight hours. I think we got it down to six and a half. It’s a day’s work before [anything].”
Norton asked if Malekith was kind of role that makes actors question if they really need the money when they’re stuck in the make-up chair for so long. Eccleston confirmed:
“Money. That’s exactly what I felt. Marvel were dishonest to me. Because they never, ever let me know that there’d be that amount of make-up. So yeah, that was not my finest moment.”
Eccleston has lamented in previous interviews that many scenes explaining his character’s backstory and motivations ended up on the cutting room floor. He has also said that a lot of “Dark Elf sex” was left out, but that appears to be a joke. We hope.
Now listen. I love Christopher Eccleston. Probably more than any normal human should. And I understand things not turning out how you thought. But, as someone who has also done her fair share of performing, I think all actors should know that sometimes the makeup, hair, costumes, etc., are going to be taxing and annoying. It’s just part of the job! But I digress…
The former ‘Doctor Who’ lead has recently been cast in an all-star adaptation of ‘King Lear’ alongside Anthony Hopkins, who played Odin in ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ For now, Eccleston is currently reprising his role as Maurice in the second series of BBC One’s ‘The A Word.’