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‘Star Trek’ proto-stud cast as the Mighty Thor: Chris Hemsworth is having a good May

What a difference a few minutes make. Before J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek hit theaters a couple of weeks ago, few knew of Chris Hemsworth outside his native Australia. (Okay, Joss Whedon knew there was something about the actor…and he cast him in his MGM horror flick, Cabin in the Woods, currently in production under Cloverfield director Drew Goddard’s watch.)

But, in the wake of Hemsworth’s dashing appearance as the doomed Captain George Kirk — who, as Bruce Greenwood’s Capt. Pike put it, “was captain of a starship for 12 minutes and, in that time, saved 800 lives” — in the opening sequence of Trek, the 25-year-old has been tapped for two major roles. He’ll rock the Asgard as the hammer-wielding title character in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the latest entry in Marvel Comics’ bid to swallow Hollywood whole, and he’ll take over the Patrick Swayze role in a remake of Red Dawn.

I suppose the question is, why him? I’m sure some of it comes down to that age-old formula of talent plus luck. But I also think that he looks like, you know, a man. He registers on screen with a heft and a presence; he’s not a kid pretending at being an adult. Maybe it’s an Aussie thing — that’s the same vibe one gets from Terminator Salvation’s Sam Worthington.

Is Australia the last breeding ground for American heroes?

Categories Interviews

The Verge: Chris Hemsworth

Ever seen a striking new actor and wondered, “Who’s that?” Now you’ll know before you even have to ask. Welcome to The Verge, Movieline’s weekly interview with up-and-comers on the verge of a serious career boost.

In the new Star Trek reboot, Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk struggles to live up to the legacy his father has set at Starfleet — and so, too, does the prologue involving that dead dad establish the whiz-bang tone the whole movie must follow. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth plays the elder Kirk, and as he tells Movieline, he understands the long shadow that family can cast. But what happens when he’s competing with one of his brothers for a role in the newest Hollywood blockbuster?

You’ve got two other brothers, Luke and Liam, who are also actors. You’re the middle child…how did you all go into that profession? Was it like a toppling of dominoes?
My older brother Luke was on Neighbours [a long-running Australian soap] when I finished high school. I was looking at what my next step was gonna be — I didn’t want to go to university, and I had a different plan each week. And he said, “Look, why don’t you try this acting course?” I did that and it sort of went from there, and then my younger brother Liam had pretty much the same experience and took the same course after high school.
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Categories News & Gossip

Chris Hemsworth runs hot and cold in LA

Former Home and Away star Chris Hemsworth has learned quickly the up-and-down nature of work in Hollywood.

Hemsworth, who stars in the new Star Trek film alongside Eric Bana, was suddenly hot stuff when he arrived in LA two years ago.

“When I first arrived in LA, I shot three films in the first year,” he told GQ magazine.

“Then I had nothing for seven months.

“I started learning muay thai (kickboxing) and it was great – my trainer has become like my Yoda.”

Despite landing a key role as Captain Kirk’s father George in one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Hemsworth said he was not a sci-fi fanatic.

“I’m fully aware of what Star Trek means to its dedicated fans,” he said.

“I’ve always appreciated the TV series, but I have never been to a fan convention or anything.”

The Phillip Island lad said his biggest indulgence was surfboards.

“I constantly convince myself I need new boards,” he said. “It’s not too bad as a weakness, I guess; after all, it could be drugs.”