Natalie Portman's father might have given Thor: Love and Thunder a God-sized upgrade, but this arrangement also introduced another big-time player from the comics: Hercules (Brett Goldstein). The character was first shown in the final moments of the film as he was given orders to track down and kill Thor.
Whos the great intention was to portray Ted Lasso as the iconic Greek Avenger? Well, thanks to Kevin Feige, the creator of Marvel Studios. In fact, Taika Waiti, who played the character, didnt even know who the character was.
While Goldstein is eager to play Hercules and for whatever his future has in store for him, the Greek Demigod will certainly give him some more time to train.
Hercules Needed More Training
Brett Goldstein, star of Thor: Love and Thunder, talked about how to get Herculesand how much time he had to train in an interview with The Playlist.
Goldstein emphasized how the request was literally out of the blue one night, and that, at first, he didn't believe it:
No, I didn't know what it was for. I got told that some Marvel people would like to see a Zoom with you, and they just told me what you see in the film, and then they turned back, and they reveal, Its Hercules, its you. And then they turn around, and they reveal, Oh, yeah, it was just like, Are you serious? Is it a wind-up? Well, I felt a relief to others.
He continued, revealing that he had to shoot roughly two weeks later, which he nailed much longer than the previous one to ask if he had to be as big as Thor:
When I met Taika, I said, what happened, and I said, I'll do my best in two weeks, but I said, He doesn't have to be as big as Thor, does he? And look, on the day, I mean, im doing 400 pushups that day. I was fit to explode. I did everything I could on that day, yeah."
Goldstein admitted that he was surprised and satisfied to receive a genuine positive reaction, and that hell now must eat 30 chickens a day from now on to stay in shape:
I wish I had something positive, but it would be a major success. I've only seen Taika Waititis fucking brilliantly, so it was like, Im in the best hands possible. And, in a way, it was like, you were in the best hands possible. Who knows if anything will come of it, who knows, but it was a fun thing to do, and it is a shame that people seemed to enjoy it.
Start Now with Goldstein Better.
It's not all too surprising to hear that Marvel Studios had only given Goldstein two weeks to train as Hercules. These post-credits scenes tend to be usually very last-minute choices.
One of the finest examples of this, although it's evidently an outlier, is how the now infamous Avengers shawarma scene was filmed at the films Red Carpet Premiere.
It's a shame that Marvel was able to get the actor to make a mistake in any way. As he said, he is a busy manthough and understandable to want to make a mark in the MCU's schedule.
While the characters' future is unknown, the actor will certainly have more time to train by the next time he's called back into the studio. However, the real issue is, is it even possible to match Chris Hemsworths physique in any circumstances?
Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters across the globe.