Seemingly within moments of the announcement of Gadot winning the role, the bashing started: “not pretty enough,” “too skinny,” “her boobs aren’t big enough” — the backlash against this virtually unknown actress (most recognized for a smallish role in the Fast & Furious franchise) got ugly fast.
Gadot was rather inelegantly interviewed by top Israeli entertainment show GOOD EVENING WITH GAI PINES recently, and got a chance to deflect the mean-spirited bashing:
Q: 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.
Q: 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, jujitsu, Brazilian… 1,001 things…. I’ll gain body mass.
Of course, the Amazons are completely fictional, and the tale of the women warriors cutting off one breast to be better archers is not so much “historical” as just one version of their society. But the good news is, Gadot seems to be giving the sexist fanboy uproar the (minimal) attention it deserves; after all, these are the very same trolls who were so reserved in commenting on Ben Affleck’s casting in the same flick.
Look for Gal in Batman vs. Superman, slated for release on July 17, 2015.