August 5, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR – WHILE Marvel’s new hero flick Thor: Love and Thunder might not be coming to Malaysia, a little bit of Malaysia is in the movie.
Is it true that there is a Malaysian-born actor performing in the movie?
Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder was all over Malaysian news recently after it was confirmed that the movie will not be screened here locally.
However, there is indeed a Malaysian born actor playing a role in the fourth instalment of the Thor franchise.
Born in Penang in 1961, 61-year-old Simon Russell Beale portrays the Olympian god Dionysus Acratophorus in the movie.
In Greek mythology, Dionysus is the son of Zeus and the Greek god of wine and ecstasy.
In Thor: Love and Thunder, Beale can be seen among other gods in the fictional universe during a scene where they are gathered at Omnipotence City.
Though he was not cast for a lead role in Thor: Love and Thunder, Beale is hailed as among the best actors of his generation.
Beale spent his early years in Penang when his father was serving in the Army Medical Services before relocating to England.
The multi-award winning actor is known for his work on stage television and film, and even received a knighthood in 2019.
To date, he has been in over 30 theatre productions, 20 movies and over a dozen television shows.