Brett Goldstein Almost Didn’t Take ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Role
It was a cameo that excited so many fans, as one of the most beloved Marvel heroes was primed to make their way into the MCU, but the man behind the character almost passed, as Brett Goldstein almost didn’t take his Thor: Love and Thunder role.
Despite the tremendous amount of anticipation among fans for what is the record-setting fourth solo film for the iconic Marvel heor, Thor: Love and Thunder have been a mixed bag in its critical reception, as some felt the film underperformed, especially in comparison to its predecessor, Thor: Ragnarok
Boasting incredible characters, stunning visual elements, and the fan adoration for the hero already present and as strong as ever, it was its over-reliance on comedy that may have spelled its downfall; with fans feeling as though it didn’t hit the emotionally resonating moments necessary.
The film ultimately delivered a fun time at the movies, and worked to push the MCU forward, and continue the character of Thor, but it also presented the foreshadowing of what to come for the hero and featured a post-credit scene that showed who could be his next adversary.
SPOILERS for anyone who hasn’t seen the film, but featured was the arrival of a fan-favorite Marvel hero; but one that was almost played by a different actor, as Brett Goldstein almost didn’t take the Thor: Love and Thunder role.
Goldstein ultimately played Hercules in the film’s post-credits sequence, but in a recent interview with his Ted Lasso castmate, Hannah Waddingham, the actor contemplated passing on the role.
Speaking to Variety, Waddingham stated, “He said to me, ‘I’ve been offered this thing and was wondering if I should take it?’ I went, ‘Are you mental? Are you having a little bit of a moment?’ He was like, ‘Why?’ I went, ‘Are you seriously thinking you might not play Hercules for like three seconds?'”
The actor ultimately accepted the role, and in an interview with Variety, the man himself stated that he is unsure of what could be in store for the character he played.
Goldstein noted, “I truly, honestly- this isn’t me lying or being coy- I know nothing. All I know is what I did that day and that’s it. That could be it. It was a fun three seconds.”