Anthony Hopkins doesn’t feel the need to go method in Marvel films.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Oscar Winner Told The New Yorker that appearing in the Marvel films ‘Thor’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ had a ‘pointless’ approach to acting due to green screen CGI superhero films.
“They put me in armour; they put a beard on me,” Hopkins recalled. “Sit on the throne, shout a little. If you’re sitting in front of a green screen, it’s no use acting it.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” actor (and fellow Oscar winner) Christian Bale previously said it would be a “pitiful attempt” to apply classic acting techniques to playing an MCU villain.
“It would have been a pitiful attempt to do so, as I’m trying to get help getting the fangs in and out and explaining that I’ve either broken a nail or tripped over my tunic,” said Bale. during a Fall 2022 GQ story.
Bale continued to work with green screens: “It’s the first time I’ve done it. I mean, the definition of him is monotony. You have good people. You have other actors who are much more experienced than me. Can you differentiate one day from another? No, absolutely no. You have no idea what to do. I couldn’t even differentiate one stage from another. They kept saying, “You’re on the third level.” Well, it’s like, ‘What’s that?’ ‘The blue one.’ I’m like, ‘Yes. But you are on stage seven.’ “What’s that?” ‘The blue one.’ I was like, ‘Uh, where?’”
Conversely, Academy Award winner Jared Leto remained in character as Morbius even during bathroom breaks on set. Director Daniel Espinosa said in April 2022 that “it’s people’s processes. All actors believe in processes. And you, as a director, stand by whatever makes it as good as you can be.
Espinosa continued that Leto remained in character despite the physical ailments of the role, “What Jared thinks, what Jared believes, is that somehow the pain of those movements, even when he was playing normal Michael Morbius, needed, because he has had this pain his whole life.”