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Thor: Ragnarok reshoots required Tessa Thompson to wear a mighty (expensive) wig

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Aug 7, 2018

Forget Henry Cavill and Superman's missing mustache— that is now old news. The new, piping hot, comic-book-movie-related hair adding/subtracting news is all about Tessa Thompson, Valkyrie, and Thor: Ragnarok

A new article in the Huffington Post talks about Thompson appearing in one of this year's breakout hits, Sorry to Bother You. The Boots Riley-directed film starring Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) seems to be getting raves from everyone who sees it — but it did manage to cause one, little, expensive issue for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

According to the article, the increasingly busy Thompson used her weekends off from shooting Riley's film to do reshoots on Thor: Ragnarok with Taika Waititi. The big issue, aside from potential fatigue, was that Thompson had changed her hair for Riley's film — in which she sports neon orange curls. It wasn't exactly the hair of an exiled Asgardian Valkyrie — and even if it was, it didn't match scenes that she had already shot. 


Thompson required her longer, dark hair back for Ragnarok reshoots, and the answer came in the form of a wig. Not just any wig, mind you — this wig sounds like it was something that Loki had the Dwarves of Nidavellir make; it cost $10,000. 

Whether the price was because some of the wig contained hair pulled from actual Valkyries is unknown. What is known is that Disney (who owns Marvel) wasn't exactly pleased with this expense, even though Ragnarok's total reported budget was $180 million. Riley apologized to Waititi for this later, and the Thor director said he was cool with it. According to RIley, he then delivered a line that only someone with Waititi's effortless charm could: "'It's not my money!'" 

Next time you watch Thor: Ragnarok and take in the wonder of Tessa Thompson, give some extra attention to her hair. It has earned it's own spot in the MCU, and hopefully it didn't blow away at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. For the wigs of Asgard are a people, not a place, and they shall live on if we prove ourselves worthy. 

(Via: Huffington Post)

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