Welcome to Chris Hemsworth Network - your online resource for all things featuring the talented Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth. Chris may be best known as "Thor" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans may also recognize Chris from other projects such as The Cabin in the Woods, Rush, Snow White and the Huntsman and In the Heart of the Sea. Online since May 2009, our goal is to bring you all the latest news and images regarding Chris and his career. We hope you enjoy your stay, bookmark the site and visit often for all your Chris needs.
Chris’ latest film, In the Heart of the Sea — an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the 1820 tragedy of the whaling ship Essex, which reportedly inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick — hit theatres this weekend. Take a look below at what the critics have to say about the film:
RogerEbert.com — The film remains watchable, thanks to Anthony Dod Mantle’s cinematography, the superb supporting cast (which includes Cillian Murphy as a veteran second mate), and the sheer scale of its production. Much of the seafaring action was shot on a full-scale, working replica of the Essex, with actors (including Hemsworth) scampering up and down masts in long crane shots so you know it’s really them. And the whales, created through CGI and puppetry, are so magnificent that I wouldn’t have minded watching them for two hours floating around and talking to each other in subtitled whalesong. A version of “Moby-Dick” told entirely from the whale’s point-of-view might be fascinating; at the very least it would be more fascinating than this impressively enormous and impassioned but disjointed film.
EntertainmentWeekly.com — Howard’s take on the film is “light on personality and spark, which is a bit of a problem for a white-knuckle whaling tale. Some of this, obviously, rests with the director. But it also falls at the feet of his leading man, Chris Hemsworth, who fails to muster the same sort of charisma he displayed in Howard’s last film, Rush. He’s a strapping, seafaring cipher.”
RollingStone.com — Only landlubbers would resist the rousing action of man versus leviathan. Sure it’s old-school. So what. Howard puts heart, soul and every computerized whale trick in the book into crafting a seafaring adventure to rock your boat.
Vulture.com — What a leading man [Chris Hemsworth] makes, brawny and bold and blond and fair. The Viking-like Hemsworth is well-cast as a veteran Nantucket whaler who seeks to command his own ship, but whose lowly origins keep him down. The whaling sequences probably work best, in part because that’s where the film is most heavily invested. Howard seems less interested in the men than in the machinery and the viscera – the ropes, bolts, and harpoons, and the fat, the entrails, the blood. Even the sickly pallor of Anthony Dod Mantle’s processed-looking color photography works here. This might be the first film I’ve ever seen where I couldn’t decide if the cinematography was outlandishly beautiful or outlandishly ugly; but in these whaling sequences, the difference sort of doesn’t matter.
In a newly released deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) finally gets what he always wanted — the throne of Asgard, the people, and Thor’s hammer. Too bad it’s all in his head.
While imprisoned in Asgard for attacking New York City in The Avengers, Thor’s trickster brother cast an illusion that saw himself taking the throne in a grand coronation. You’ll notice the scene isn’t fully complete; many of the visual effects aren’t fleshed out and Rene Russo’s Frigga is inserted in the scene through title cards.
Chris Hemsworth has given back to his family in a big way.
The actor’s younger brother, Liam Hemsworth, revealed in a recent interview that the Avengers star surprised their parents by paying off their debts.
While speaking to Britain’s Independent, Hemsworth recalled how his brother called their father one day and told him to look at his bank account.
“He [his father] called my brother Chris back and said: ‘I don’t know how to feel. Since I left home I have had debts and I thought I’d be paying them off until I died and have this weight hanging over me, and now to have them completely cleared,’” he said.
The 25-year-old The Hunger Games star added, “They are so happy now and able to spend more time with us, I would love to be able to do something for my parents like that.”
The younger Hemsworth is also giving back by joining his brother as ambassadors for the Australian Childhood Foundation, which works with children going through trauma. “If you want to be a good person who adds to society, you have responsibility,” he said. “That is something I take very seriously.” (Source)
Posted on Author RachelComments Off on Chris to Host “Saturday Night Alive” For Second Time
Make sure there’s room on the ol’ DVR if you’re hitting a Saturday-before-Christmas party. NBC said today that Chris Hemsworth will mark his second turn hosting the sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. Chris is scheduled to host the December 12th SNL episode with musical Chance the Rapper.
Posted on Author RachelComments Off on People’s Choice Awards 2016 Nominations
Hosted by Jane Lynch, the People’s Choice Awards 2016 will air live on CBS on January 6, 2016. Chris has been nominated for his work in the film, Avengers: Age of Ultron! We wish Chris and everyone involved with the film good luck!
Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, the third instalment of the Marvel Studios’ franchise starring Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding comic book Super Hero, has today been confirmed to start pre-production in Queensland, Australia in January 2016 with filming to begin in June 2016.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Marvel executives in June in Los Angeles and, through Screen Queensland, worked tirelessly to ensure Queensland was the production destination of choice. Here’s what Annastacia Palaszczuk had to say in a statement about Thor: Ragnarok filming in Australia.
“This is a huge win for Queensland and I am thrilled that Thor will be filming exclusively in our state. As our economy diversifies, Queensland is demonstrating its strength as a lead destination for filmmakers both internationally and locally, and my government is doing what it can to ensure that Queensland remains a global hub for the screen sector. The production will spend more than $100 million AUD in Queensland and will employ over 750 Queensland crew.”
The studio will film at many locations throughout Queensland including scenes at Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast. (Source)
Taiki Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is in negotiations to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in the Marvel superhero series. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander are set to return as the Norse god in the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017. (Source)
Posted on Author RachelComments Off on Chris Talks About “In the Heart of the Sea” Weight Loss
Avengers actor Chris Hemsworth says he lost around 15 pounds in the course of shooting director Ron Howard’s historical seafaring epic In the Heart of the Sea (out December 11). That may not seem like a huge amount when compared to say the 60-or-so pounds Christian Bale famously made disappear for 2004’s The Machinist. But Hemsworth had already trimmed down to star in Michael Mann’s thriller Black Hat, which he shot immediately before Howard’s movie.
When I started, I was leaner than my Thor weight, anyway, because I’d been on Michael’s film,” the Australian tells EW. “When you’re already starting off lean, it’s brutal to chew through that kind of weight. Every pound feels like a kilogram.”
In the based-on-real events film, Hemsworth plays a 19th-century seaman called Owen Chase, first mate of whaling ship the Essex, whose captain, George Pollard, Jr., is portrayed by Benjamin Walker. After a whale destroys their ship, Pollard, Chase and the rest of the crew — including characters played by Cillian Murphy and newly minted Spider-Man franchise star Tom Holland — have to survive the elements, and lack of food, in tiny, lifeboat-sized craft.
To convincingly depict starving men, the cast members’ diets were steadily reduced over the course of the production. By the time Howard & co. decamped from London’s Leavesden studios to shoot on the open sea around the Canary Islands the actors were consuming just 500 calories a day.
“We kind of went insane, weighing ourselves every day,” says Hemsworth. “We all felt like a bunch of supermodels, trying to get down in weight for a show, or something. That’s all we spoke about. You’ve got 15 burly blokes on the sea and all we talked about was our diet, and who’d lost more weight, and who’s looking really skinny. It’s ridiculous!”
Posted on Author RachelComments Off on 2015 Teen Choice Awards Nominations
The first wave of nominees for the 2015 Teen Choice Awards have been announced. The 2015 Teen Choice Awards will be airing on August 16th on FOX. The hosts for the evening will be Gina Rodriguez, Josh Peck and Ludacris. If you’re between the ages of 13 and 19 and would like to cast your vote, you can visit the Teen Choice website here.
Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Chris Hemsworth, Blackhat
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Posted on Author RachelComments Off on Lady Sif to Have Pivotal Role in “Thor: Ragnarok”
Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif has played an important supporting role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in 2011’s Thor, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it appears that her character may have an even bigger role in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Alexander stated, “Marvel, I think on purpose, they don’t tell me certain things. Because they know I’ll be like, ‘So here’s what’s gonna happen.’ But I do know I will be in Thor 3 and that Sif will have a very pivotal part in that movie. I just can’t tell you what because I’ll get shot.”
She went on to say that easters eggs for certain elements of Thor: Ragnarok will be put in Captain America: Civil War.
The film is still looking for a director.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on October 27, 2017 in the UK and November 3, 2017 in the States. Both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are set to reprise their roles as Thor and Loki in the film. (Source)
Chris Hemsworth is joining the cast of Paul Feig‘s female-led Ghostbusters film, TheWrap has learned.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon star in the film based on the classic ’80s supernatural comedy.
The director first shared the news on his Twitter account, posting a picture of Hemsworth with the caption, “Our receptionist.” Hemsworth will be taking over the role played by Annie Potts in the original 1984 film, which featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis as the Ghostbusters.
Kate Dippold and Feig co-wrote the screenplay for the reboot, and filming is expected to begin this year.
The new Ghostbusters will be released on July 22, 2016. (Source)