Christopher Eccleston Admits He Took The Role In Thor: The Dark World For The Money

Marvel has had a bit of a villain problem in some of their movies. It mostly seems to be because the villains have never really been the primary focus of the movies. The heroes and the world have always been the primary focal points, while the villains come in third — leaving some of them extremely lacking. One of the most lacking was the Dark Elf Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston in Thor: The Dark World. Often cited as one of the lowest-quality Marvel movies thus far, Thor: The Dark World did very little with the considerable talent they had playing their villain, and he has been vocal about how unhappy he was with the role. Eccleston recently spoke to BBC Radio 2 (via Digital Spy) about the role and that he believes Marvel was dishonest with him.

"Not my greatest moment, it has to be said," he told Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 this morning (November 18).

Christopher Eccleston in Thor: The Dark World

Eccleston talked about the long hours he had to spend in the make-up chair, and it wasn't exactly a great experience.

"The first couple of days it was about seven hours, eight hours," he explained. "I think we got it down to six and a half. It's a day's work before [anything]."

The experience could have been improved if Eccleston knew it was coming but, according to him, Marvel never told him about the make-up.

"Marvel were dishonest to me," he added. "Because they never, ever let me know that there'd be that amount of make-up. So yeah, that was not my finest moment."

When asked why he took on the role, Eccleston was very blunt.

"Money. That's exactly what I felt."

It's a shame that no one really seemed to care about the role, because it could have been great. As it is, Malekith is one of the most forgettable MCU villains, and Eccleston is one actor who likely won't work with the franchise again.

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