Eye Candy :: Thor’s Chris Hemsworth


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday November 27, 2010

If there's a breakout actor amongst the Australian Hemsworth brothers (Chris, Luke and Liam), it will be middle-brother Chris. Largely unknown outside of his homeland, the 27-year old actor turned heads recently at Comic Con where he was present to promote being cast as Thor in the upcoming Marvel film version based on the super hero.

For a superhero film, Thor has an unusually high pedigree: directed by Kenneth Branagh, the actor best-known for his Shakespeare adaptations; with a cast featuring Natalie Portman (very hot this year because of the much-talked of Black Swan), Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Alexander.

Keeping it real

Hemsworth was initially turned down for the role, but later was asked by Branaugh to audition a second time and was hired to play the mythological North god of thunder.

Asked about the character for an interview with SuperHeroHype.com last May, the actor said: "We just kept trying to humanize it all, and keep it very real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but also bring it back to 'Who is this guy as a person, and what's his relationship with people in the individual scenes?'"[

Hemsworth became a familiar face on Australian television from his ongoing role on soap opera Home and Away. Movie audiences saw him at the start of the recent Star Trek movie where he played George Kirk, James T. Kirk's father, where he dies so his son can live. He was featured in the indie thriller A Perfect Getaway in 2009 and had a starring role (opposite Sean Bean) in Ca$h, another crime drama released earlier this year. Two upcoming roles are in the horror film The Cabin in the Woods and the remake of the Cold War fantasy Red Dawn, both due out next year.

Hot at Comic-Con

But it is Thor that has given Hemsworth media attention, such at the 2010 Comic-Con International event in San Diego where five minutes of 3-D footage was shown as well as appearances by director Branagh and the film's stars Portman and Hemsworth. The five-minute footage showed how Thor gets cast down to Earth because of his bad boy behavior. It has appeared on YouTube as the film's official trailer, but industry sources say that the footage is the scene show at Comic-Con.

Competition for the role of Thor not only came from Tom Hiddleston, who took the role of Thor's evil brother Loki in the film; but from his brother Liam, who is dating Miley Cyrus. But according to MTV.com, there is no bad blood between the brothers.

"I'm excited for him and vice versa," the Hemsworth told MTV.com "Through that process, I was giving him advice on what I thought Ken wanted - and then when I was in there testing, he was doing the same."

While filming, though, the tabloids reported tension on the set between Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins, who plays his father. According to the New York Daily News: "Anthony has not tried to hide his disapproval of Chris' acting skills." For his part Hemsworth, "respects Anthony a great deal, and it looks like he's trying to grin and bear all of his criticism."

Still, the Daily News claimed that director Kenneth Branagh was"annoyed" with Sir Anthony.

About those rumors Hemsworth told Collider.com:

"We had a good laugh about it. Everyone else knew about it before I did and they were like, 'Oh, Chris, we've got something to tell you.' Anthony rang me up and we just talked about the ridiculousness of it. ... They talked about him hating Ken and not agreeing with him, and Anthony said to me a number of times that Ken was one of the best directors he's ever worked with. I was blown away by Ken, but I don't have the track record or the history that Anthony has. So, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences for me, and for him as well. He kept saying, 'How fun is this?' He brings the enthusiasm of someone on their first day on set. You've got to laugh at it. Of course, there were moments when I went home and it was dark and I was alone, and I'd think, 'God, the most talented, nicest guy on the planet hates me?' But, you've got to roll with that stuff.