We’re under no illusion that it costs a lot of money to make a Hollywood movie, but now that we’ve learned how much one simple wig cost Marvel for Thor: Ragnarok, our whole outlook on money, hair and even life itself has changed.
While the hair transformation we were all talking about at the time was Thor’s, we should have been paying more attention to Valkyrie’s – because it was bloody expensive.
HuffPost revealed the incredible cost of Tessa Thompson’s wig in Ragnarok to be a whopping $10,000 – but don’t worry, there is a valid reason for it. (Not $10k valid, mind.)
Shortly after Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok had wrapped initial production, Valkyrie actress Tessa moved on to another project by writer-director Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You.
And bother Disney he did, because Tessa ended up chopping off her long curls and dyeing them bright orange – a very un-Valkyrie move.
Although Disney were apparently miffed at the cost of Valkyrie’s new wig, Ragnarok‘s director Waititi couldn’t care less. Boots Riley later apologised, telling HuffPost: “[Taika] was like, ‘It’s not my money!'”
We would advise Tessa to hold off any dramatic hair transformations for the moment, however, as the actress recently revealed that Marvel Studios is “excited” about the idea of a female superhero-led ensemble film.
Earlier this year, Tessa conceded that she “can’t make it happen”, but that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige “is really excited” about embracing a female-centric phase in the MCU.
“Marvel is hugely collaborative,” she explained. “I think even our Thor movie was basically the product of conversations they’d had with Chris [Hemsworth] and with Mark [Ruffalo] about what they wanted to do next.”
Thor: Ragnarok is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
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