There aren’t many blemishes on the ever-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the biggest is 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. Among its most significant problems is its weak villain in the form of Malekith the Dark Elf, who suffers from being a paper-thin character with non-existent motivations. It turns out that it’s not just fans who dislike the character, either, as actor Christoper Eccleston has now revealed the extent of his hatred for his time in the Marvel universe in a very eye-opening interview.
While talking to The Guardian, the former Doctor Who star pulled no punches when pressed about his mixed experiences in Hollywood. Some of the movies that came up in conversation were 2000’s actioner Gone in 60 Seconds, 2009’s Hasbro toy-inspired G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and the aforementioned Thor sequel. While Eccleston had positive things to say about the former, the star has no good memories about the latter two:
“Working on something like G.I. Joe was horrendous. I just wanted to cut my throat every day. And Thor? Just a gun in your mouth… Gone in 60 Seconds was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor. But G.I. Joe and Thor were… I really paid for being a whore those times.”
The actor doesn’t go into detail on just what he didn’t enjoy about working on those movies in this chat, but he has previously accused Marvel of misleading him about the specifics of what his role in Thor would include. In particular, he was allegedly never told how much make-up would be required – the actor says it took 7-8 hours every morning to transform him into Malekith.
As for G.I. Joe, Eccleston isn’t the only member of the cast to come forward with bitter feelings about the planned franchise starter. Channing Tatum has previously gone so far as to say he “hate[s] that movie.” He did reveal that he was contractually obliged to star in the film, though, while Eccleston makes it clear that he only did it for the money.
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