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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wonder Woman: How they got around Gal Gadot being five months pregnant during reshoots - Christopher Hooton

Gal Gadot (former Israeli IDF) is the Amazon warrior in the new 'Wonder Woman' film Clay Enos/Warner Bros

Wonder Woman: How they got around Gal Gadot 
being five months pregnant during reshoots

Gal Godot: 'On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog'
(former IDF enlisted soldier - Israel Defense Forces - see below***)

June 12, 2017 Christopher Hooton @christophhooton

It would have been a fairly major plot twist if Wonder Woman had been pregnant in this summer's blockbuster (though I could see a working mum plot arc working), so it was vital that actor Gal Gadot's pregnancy be disguised.

Gadot wasn't showing during principal photography, but by the time she returned to Leavesden Studios for reshoots she was visibly five months pregnant.

Fortunately, the VFX department came to the rescue, cutting a triangle in the front of her suit and filling it with green screen cloth, then creating a seamlessly flat stomach in post-production.


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"On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman," Gadot told EW in April of the reshoots. "On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog."

Gadot's graft while pregnant was apparently quite staggering.

“She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field in the freezing cold in others,” Patty Jenkins added to EW.

"There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Everyday it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it.”

Source for above: Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot cropped lighting corrected 2b.jpg
Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con promoting Wonder Woman
BornGal Gadot
April 30, 1985 (age 32)
Petah Tikva, Israel[1]
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2004–present
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Spouse(s)Yaron Varsano (m. 2008)
Gal Gadot-Varsano[3] (Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot];[4][5] Hebrewגל גדות‎‎; born April 30, 1985)[6] is an Israeli actress and model.
Gadot is primarily known for her role as Gisele Yashar in the The Fast and the Furious franchise and as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), continuing as the lead in Wonder Woman (2017), and in Justice League.[7][8] She is the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume.[9]

Early years

Gal Gadot was born in Petah Tikva, Israel,[1] and raised in its neighbouring city Rosh HaAyin.[10] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks".[11] She is the daughter of Irit (née Weiss), a teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer. Both her parents were born in Israel, and they had Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein".[4][12] Her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.[13][14] Her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.[15] She has one younger sister named Dana. Her high school major was biology. She says that in high school she was successful at basketball because of her height.[2] As a teenager, her first jobs were babysitting and in Burger King.[16] As an adult, Gadot started studying law and political science twice at the IDC Herzliya college.[2][17]

***Military service

At the age of 20, Gadot served for two years as an enlisted soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as a combat trainer.[18] She says of her time in the army: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect".[19] Gadot says that her background helped her to win the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious: "I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[20]



Gadot has led international campaigns as a model for Miss SixtyHuawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. She is the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand,[9] She has featured as the covergirl on CosmopolitanGlamourBride MagazineEntertainment WeeklyUMMCleoFashionLucireFHM
Gadot has been the main model for fashion brand Castro in 2008–2016.[21] In 2013, her combined annual modelling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million, which was ahead of a number of other famous Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg and Shlomit Malka, although significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[22]
At the age of 18.5 Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant,[23] and next competed in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. She carried out her two-year military service from the age of 20, then studied law. When she had completed her first year of school a casting director called her to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace.[24] Although she didn't get the part, the same casting director later hired Gadot for the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious. Gadot performed her own stunts in the Fast & Furious films.[25]
In 2007, 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot, "Women of the Israeli Army", and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[26] In 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine.[27]


In 2008, Gadot starred in the Israeli drama Bubot. She appeared as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast & the Furious franchise, having won the role over six other actresses.[28][29] In 2010, she had small roles in the action-comedy Date Night and the action-adventure Knight and Day.[30] 2011 brought her back to The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five. In 2013, Gadot played Gisele again in Fast & Furious 6.
Gadot played Wonder Woman in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanshipKung Fukickboxingcapoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[31] Gadot's performance as the superhero, which is the first time for the character on film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the film.[32]
Also in 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she starred along with Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul.[33]Later that year, she co-starred in the thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character,[34] alongside Kevin CostnerGary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.[35] Her final film of 2016 was the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm.[36]
In 2017, Gadot starred in a solo film for her character, Wonder Woman. She will reprise the role again in the ensemble Justice League film which is scheduled for a November 17, 2017 release, which would be her third DC Extended Universe installment.[37][38][39]

Activism and recognition

On October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, that character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. In attendance to mark the occasion was Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda CarterDC Entertainment President Diane NelsonWonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach.[40][41]

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron Versano on September 28, 2008.[42] They have two daughters, Alma Varsano, who was born in 2011,[43][44] and Maya Varsano, who was born in March 2017.[45]



2009Fast & FuriousGisele Yashar
2010Date NightNatanya
Knight and DayNaomi
2011Fast FiveGisele Yashar
2013Fast & Furious 6Gisele Yashar
2014Kicking Out ShoshanaMirit Ben HarushIsraeli film
2015Furious 7Gisele YasharCredited and appears in a deleted scene[46]
2016Triple 9Elena Vlaslov
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWonder Woman/Diana Prince
CriminalJill Pope
Keeping Up with the JonesesNatalie Jones
2017Wonder WomanWonder Woman/Diana Prince
Justice LeagueWonder Woman/Diana PrincePost-production

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Joel Rosenberg: Reflections of an Israeli who celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas.


New post on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

A few things I’m thankful for this holiday season. (Reflections of an Israeli who celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas.)

by joelcrosenberg
True, there aren't many people in the world who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.
But as a person of Jewish heritage on my father's side, and as a follower of Jesus the Messiah, I am one of them.
This year actually marks the third Hanukkah and Christmas season that I've had the joy and opportunity to celebrate both holidays as an Israeli citizen. And I must tell you I find it fascinating to live in a country where Jesus was actually born, where He ministered to the poor and forgotten, where He was crucified and raised on the third day -- and yet a country where by and large Christmas is not celebrated.
Israel is not an easy place to live. It's been quite challenging for Lynn and our four sons and I to move to a new country and acclimate to a new language and culture. But as these two holidays converge this year, and as I reflect on the past few years, I am profoundly thankful and grateful.
Here are a few reasons why:
  • I'm thankful for the amazing opportunity the Lord has given Lynn and me to be able to live and raise our family and write novels in the land where the Hebrew prophets, priests and kings lived, the very land where Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) and His disciples lived and ministered and transformed the world.
  • I'm thankful for the wonderful friends and neighbors that we have found in Israel, along with physical safety, economic opportunity, robust democracy and extraordinary religious freedom we have found there. Most Jews in Israel -- and nearly every Jewish person in the government and in the court system -- don't believe what we believe, and yet they truly defend our right to assemble and worship and fully practice our beliefs without interference. That's no small thing.
  • I'm so thankful to live in the world's only Jewish State that also works hard to protect the political and religious freedoms of her Arab citizens -- Christians, Muslims, agnostics, atheists and others -- and grants Arab citizens the right to vote, has Arabs who serve in the Knesset, serve in the police and military, even serve on the Supreme Court, and are vital and valued members of the society.
  • I'm thankful to be able to live in a nation that is an oasis of freedom and security in a region that's on fire.
  • I'm thankful for all the Evangelical and Messianic Jews we have met and had the joy of becoming friends with throughout the Land, including so many pastors and ministry leaders and their wives and kids.
  • I'm thankful for all the dear Palestinians that Lynn and I have had the honor of meeting and befriending in recent years, especially the Evangelical pastors and ministry leaders and their wives and children living in the West Bank and in Gaza.
  • I'm very thankful for the opportunity to travel to visit our neighbors in Jordan not once but twice this year, including five extraordinary and special days with King Abdullah II and his advisors, such an amazing visit that Lynn and I will always cherish.
  • I'm deeply thankful for our Joshua Fund team who are so faithful in blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.
  • I'm thankful for the Holy Scriptures -- the very words of the living God -- whom the Jewish and Christian scribes have so carefully and courageously copied and transmitted to us down through the ages.
  • I'm thankful for the ancient Hebrew prophets like Micah who told us exactly where the Messiah would one day be born so we wouldn't have to wonder or worry about it. "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2)
  • I'm thankful for the ancient Hebrew prophets like Isaiah who told us the Messiah would live and minister in the Galilee region, bring light to those in darkness, come as a human baby boy, but also be El Gibor -- Mighty God -- and the One who would bring forgiveness and thus peace between us and God. "In earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles....The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them....For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:1-6)
  • I'm deeply thankful for all of our family and friends back in the States who have prayed for us, encouraged us, and even come to visit us in Israel over the past few years -- and so grateful that we could come back to spend the holiday season with them this year.
  • Above us, I am thankful to the God of Israel -- and His Son, Yeshua -- who has shown such mercy to me and my family, showered us with His grace and even adopted us into His royal family.
So on behalf of my family and our dear friends and colleagues at The Joshua Fund, allow me to wish our Jewish and Israeli friends a very Happy Hanukkah season -- and to all of our friends who are followers of Jesus, allow me to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
joelcrosenberg | December 25, 2016 at 12:18 am | Categories: Epicenter | URL: