Thor 4 Director Explains Why Jeff Goldblum, Peter Dinklage Didn't Make the Cut
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters now.
Taika Waititi, who directed and co-wrote Thor: Love and Thunder, explained why Jeff Goldblum, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey were cut from the final film.
In an interview with Insider, Waititi was asked about what he shot that was left on the cutting room floor and if there's anything he was unhappy having to remove. Waititi responded by saying that having to cut things always creates some self-doubt, but added, "every film I've done I've probably cut the same amount out."
He continued, "A scene on its own could be the most funniest thing or intriguing thing, but sometimes those things if you keep them in will just make the movie screech to a halt. So you have to do what's best for the film." Waititi then specifically mentioned Goldblum, Headey and Dinklage, saying that they understand that's how films can work, as they're experienced actors.
Goldblum first played the Grandmaster in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, having made a cameo in that film's end credits scene. His first full appearance came later that year in Thor: Ragnarok, which saw him as serving as something of an antagonist to the titular God of Thunder. Prior to the release of Love and Thunder, Goldblum confirmed that he wouldn't appear in the movie.
As for Dinklage, the actor, who is probably best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, played Eitri in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. The character helped Thor forge Stormbreaker to defeat Thanos. Christian Bale, who played Gorr the God Butcher in Love and Thunder, confirmed that, while he shot scenes with Goldblum and Dinklage, they were both cut from the movie.
Headey, who played Dinklage's on-screen sister, Cersei Lannister, in Game of Thrones, hasn't appeared in the MCU before, and just who she was meant to be isn't totally clear. Prior to Love and Thunder's release, Headey's former U.K. agency began legal proceedings over what it claims are unpaid commission fees for the role.
At the time of writing, Love and Thunder holds a 67 percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which puts it just a little above 2013's Thor: The Dark World. That sequel holds a 66 percent on the review aggregator. Still, despite those reviews, Love and Thunder has made more than $300 million worldwide at the time of writing.
Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now.