Gal Gadot, set to be the first big screen live-action Wonder Woman in the upcoming ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and more Warner Bros/DC films to follow, has responded to criticism over her casting as the iconic superheroine.
The Isreali model and actress has been widely trashed by fans online since her casting was announced in December 2013. Whilst some of this came down to questions of whether the ‘Fast Five’ and ‘Fast Six’ star was a strong enough actress for the role, there have been a great many louder and somewhat uglier complaints that she’s simply too skinny to be an Amazonian warrior woman.
This controversy resurfaced earlier this month, when a new photoshoot of Gadot seemed to confirm fan fears that the actress had not gained sufficient muscle mass.
Now, in an interview given in her native Israel translated to English by Superhero Hype, Gadot reveals that this criticism has not gone unnoticed - and does not seem fazed by it all.
When her interviewer delicately broached the subject, Gadot responded, “Don’t be shy. They said I was too skinny and my boobs were too small.
“I’m really lucky nothing in my life was instantaneous. When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t…
“After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire.”
Gadot went on to emphasise her passion for the part.
“Playing Wonder Women is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t describe to you how much I wanted to play this character without even knowing I wanted to play her. I met a lot of people from the industry in LA for meetings. They always asked me ‘what’s your dream role?’, and I never could define it. I always answered that I wanted to play a women that is strong and will be a source for women empowerment.
“I don’t want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don’t like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a massage I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations…
“I get to play the strongest most empowering woman ever – Wonder Woman. I’m so grateful and I thank God every day. I want to devour it and enjoy every bite.”
‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ arrives on 25 March 2016, with ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Justice League Part 1′ to follow in 2017.
Before this, Gadot will be seen in thrillers ‘Criminal,’ opening 21 August 2015, and ‘Triple 9,’ opening 11 September 2015.
Picture Credit: Universal, Warner Bros, WENN