Screenwriter Eric Pearson, who wrote the script for Thor: Ragnarok is of the opinion that the film’s success has a lot to do with Hela (Cate Blanchett)and the way her character was scripted.
Thor: Ragnarok has taken the box office by storm all across the globe, and Hela, the villainous character played by Cate Blanchett is getting rave reviews. The film’s success at the box office has to do with not just the execution, but the well written script as well. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Pearson said that Hela’s character was the toughest to write because they wanted to write a script that Blanchett would love and want to do.
“The toughest character to write had to be Hela. I think there is a built-in intimidation factor of it being Cate Blanchett, who I would say at the very least is tied with a couple of others for the best in the world. Because we were moving so fast and I had to turn the script around so fast, those first two months, January and February, my weekend meant I got to work from home on Sunday. I was in the office, sometimes until two, three in the morning. I would think, as we were moving forward, “You know what I really want? I want Hela to give a speech. I want to see Cate Blanchett as the Goddess of Death stating her intentions to a bunch of people.” That was one approach.”
Eric Pearson went on to say that he was intimidated by Blanchett’s presence and wanted her to be happy with her role as Hela. He further said, “Hela was the one that took the most work and probably that I felt most insecure about until we got it into the shape we got it in. I really wanted Cate Blanchett to be happy with her role. As intimidated as I couldn’t help but be, she was an unbelievably sweet, fun great person to be around. All of the set experiences were fantastic. All of the actors were fantastic.. She did kind of a vocal warmup thing and she had a lot of scenes in crowds. She would also say in the morning, “Whoever wants to come along and do this thing with me.” And of course Taika would get up there. People were doing these wacky sound vocal warmup things. It felt very family. I don’t want to give up the impression that she’s aloof or intimidating. I was just intimidated on my own.”
Thor: Ragnarok has released across all countries and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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