From the moment actress Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman,” she’s been under the scrutiny of the entire world. And no aspect of her casting has caused more feedback than how the Israeli actress looks.
We’ve previously covered the controversy here on MTV News by talking to a media expert about body shaming, as well as consulting Lois Lane herself, Amy Adams. And now, speaking to an Israeli TV station, Gadot has finally broken her silence about the issue.
The interview occurred on Israel’s equivalent of “Entertainment Tonight,” “Good Evening With Gai Pines,” and was discovered and translated for Batman News by a helpful reader. So expect some slight differences in turn of phrase from what Gadot actually said. But as might be expected, Gadot has some choice words for her detractors, as well as a good sense of humor on the issue.
“I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world,” Gadot said when asked point blank whether she was too skinny and not large-chested enough for the part. “Breasts… Anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine.”
Though it’s good to know the going price for a boob job in Israel, Gadot continued, joking that, “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.”
As Amy Adams indicated in our interview with her, though, that doesn’t mean Gadot won’t be going through a fair amount of training for the part; something she’s already started to engage in as the movie starts filming in February.
“It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now,” Gadot continued. “A very serious training regimen — Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, Jujutsu, Brazilian… 1,000 and one things. I’ll gain body mass.”
Gadot also commented on where she was when she heard about the part, saying that she was alone in New York in a hotel. “I remember laying in the darkness by myself, staring at the ceiling, and I was telling myself ‘It’s not real!’ ”
If you speak Hebrew, you can check out her comments in the video for yourself, though expect plenty more from Ms. Gadot in the coming weeks and months. “Batman vs. Superman,” which is still technically untitled, hits theaters July 17, 2015.