"Thor: Love and Thunder" is finally out in theaters. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, is director Taika Waititi's second Thor film after Thor: Ragnarok.
Portman in a recent interview with IndieWire said that the film had more scenes removed than previously thought. Portman revealed that there was a large amount of footage that didn't make it into the final cut of the film.
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Part of the reason for this is Waititi's choice to do multiple shots for each scene and ensure that each shot is different from the last. Portman notes that this causes some scenes to have multiple alternative versions of what was actually required for the final cut.
Because Waititi encourages so much exploration, sometimes entire series of films have to be cut. Additionally, Portman says that some of the more emotional scenes between Thor and Jane don't make it into the film, nor does the scene between Jane and Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson).
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"There are whole sequences, planets, characters and worlds that don't end in a film that's hilarious and amazing and we put a lot of time and energy into it, and of course the entire crew also designed and crafted," said Portman. "It's amazing how much great material is not in the film, considering how great the material is in it. So it was really surprising."
Although he doesn't want to talk too much for fear of spoiling the storyline of a Marvel film, he makes sure there are some emotional scenes in the film. "We filmed 20 different versions of (one key scene)," he continued.
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The director often has to cut scenes that might be pleasing to the audience to ensure that the film is on an enjoyable runtime. However, having too many scenes removed which, according to Portman, are still interesting and enjoyable to watch, is more a testament to Waititi's direction in ensuring that there is enough compelling content to compose the best version of the film.
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