Ah yes, the Grandmaster. A being of incalculable age, the leader of Sakaar, and lover of orgies. The eccentric character couldn't have been played by anyone else other than Jeff Goldblum in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, and a deleted scene from Entertainment Weekly affirms that statement. The sequence in question comes from the movie's upcoming Blu-ray and centers on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) sitting at a table in the party ship they stole from Grandmaster, so they could escape Sakaar.
Thor accidentally triggers a series of hilarious holograms of Goldblum dancing and cavorting and moaning with what appear to be blue tentacles. Making both guys uncomfortable, Thor shuts it off, but the damage is already done, our eyes have been open and we've seen too much. These strange and comedic forays into the character of the Grandmaster were acknowledged by Goldblum himself.
"[Taika and I are] willing to throw it all away and just fool around and find something playful and find something that tickles us and see where the chips fall, and that’s where we go," he told EW in November. "Anything that you see in the movie was a version that was selected by Taika’s tasteful editing from usually 10 other choices of stuff that we tried. We just kind of had a growth spurt and a creative ecstasy together, and what you see is the result of something from that."
Thor ruminates on how his family is cursed to infighting, with the innocent doomed to pay the price for it. Banner says that he needs to stop beating himself up and has the ability to defeat Hela. "You're not the god of hammers," he asserts before comparing Thor to Dumbo. Never having seen the Disney classic, the Asgardian threatens to tear his friend's head off if he doesn't explain himself and get to the point. Banner talks about Dumbo realizing he can fly without his feather and then realizes the bowl of ramen he's been eating is actually the tails of some cockroach-like creature.
The scene takes place in between the group's escape from Sakaar through the "Devil's Anus" and their journey to Asgard. While certainly cut for pacing reasons, it offers some nice character development on Thor and Banner, who talks about how he was too busy with his Gamma experiments to be present when his father died.
Watch the full clip below and be prepared to laugh yourself silly:
Thor: Ragnarok busts into the home video area on March 6.