When it was announced that Fast And Furious starlet Gal Gadot would be donning those indestructible bracelets to play Wonder Woman, plenty had much to say about the casting — and it isn't very nice.
The highly anticipated Man of Steel sequel, so far titled Batman Vs. Superman, has created some interesting discussions. Was it right to cast Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight? Will Zack Snyder be able to surpass the film's origin to build up awareness for Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League movie?
Gal Gadot became another topic of discussion when her name was added to the call sheet as Batman and Superman's Amazonian BFF, Wonder Woman. Why? Well, comic book movie fans criticized the casting saying Gadot "doesn't fit the role," and "was too skinny" to play the super-heroine who is just as strong as the Big Blue Boy Scout. While the debate has been going on within the boards nonstop, everyone from Warner Bros. to the internal camp responsible for production has been mum on the subject... that is until now.
The Israeli actress recently gave what is being touted as her first interview since being cast. In it she goes over the rigors of training for the role, responds to critiques about her body type, and more. The original video is in Hebrew, but luckily [website] has translated it into English.
You can read the excerpts below:
Where were you when you heard the news that you’d been cast as Wonder Woman?
I was just on my way to shooting at LA. I landed at NY in a connection flight when my agent, Hadass Lichtenstein, called me. She says to me “Wonder Woman!” and I’m like “What??” – “The role is yours!…and it’s a secret and the news are not yet announced and you can’t tell anyone…”. I’m saying to her “Are you serious??”- and we both scream! Now it’s a plane from Israel to NY and I can’t make loud noise, and so I lean on a window, bending down to my legs, and just try to understand. Long story short – I was totally alone in NY, I got to a hotel at 12 pm, I needed to wake up in the morning for shootings. I remember laying in the darkness by myself, staring at the ceiling, and I was telling myself “It’s not real!”…it shouldn’t be like that, I’m supposed to be like… “where’s the champagne?”.
It’s been said that you’re too skinny for the part. Wonder Woman is large-breasted, is that going to change?
Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is amazonian, and historically accurate amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go “by the book”…it’d be problematic.
So you’re not going to gain a little weight and start eating carbs before filming begins?
It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now. A very serious training regimen – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.
Below, you can see the video if you're just interested in seeing Wonder Woman in pre-production action: