“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."
Why He Said It
Not every Chris in Hollywood is a happy and grateful member of the Marvel family. Christopher Eccleston played the main villain in Thor: Dark World, Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves. But getting to play the main antagonist in a Marvel movie does not simply entail saying your lines and letting the army of animators CGI some cool stuff around you, as Eccleston was to find out the hard way.
Admittedly, the script for the movie and his dialogues were also nothing to write home about. But it was the makeup and prosthetics that were in Eccleston's view the dealbreaker. He had to sit in the makeup chair for six-plus hours while the cosmetics team added several layers of prosthetics to every part of his visible body. During this time his only options were feeling incredibly bored or extremely uncomfortable.
Eccleston later openly blasted Marvel, accusing them of being dishonest with him by failing to mention just how much makeup he would have to put on for the role. Which, let's be honest, doesn't seem like something that we ordinary folks would crib much about, if we're getting paid millions to wear Dark Elf makeup.