Gal Gadot on Being Too Skinny for WONDER WOMAN
The more I think about Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman, the more I realize she doesn't fit the role. She doesn't look like she could break a twig, and Wonder Woman needs to be able to kick all kinds of ass! She needs to look like a amazonian warrior, and she just doesn't. She's currently doing physical training, so we'll have to see how that turns out. Lucy Lawless is the perfect example of a woman who can kick some ass.
During a recent interview on an Israeli TV show called "Good Evening with Gai Pines," she discussed the role, her reaction to finding out she got the part, being too skinny, and the training she will go though to gain some mass.
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 Women 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 regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.
It will be interesting to see how much of a transformation she makes for the part. But I'd rather see a Wonder Woman that looks like she'd be able to kick some ass, than a skinny Wonder Woman that looks like a common model.