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A big thank you to Stef for the heads up about this: Chris is featured in Interview Magazine! In the last few years, Chris Hemsworth has made the trans-Pacific leap from starring in a soap opera in his native Australia to appearing in Hollywood films—among those turns, a spin as Captain Kirk’s father inJ. J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot. And though Hemsworth’s character exploded in the first few minutes of that movie, the 27-year-old actor will be getting a lot more screen time this month as the titular hammer-wielding deity in the big-budget mega-movie Thor.

The cast is surprising for a comic-book movie.
That is what makes this special. I am incredibly lucky to work with those involved! I think the attraction for Natalie to a film like this was Kenneth Branagh’s involvement. At that time in my life, I wasn’t in a position to pick and choose who I wanted to work with. I just needed to pay the rent, and I was excited to be involved with something on this scale. I was signed up either way! This is by far the biggest thing I have ever been involved in and there is more anticipation than anything else.

What is your personal history with Thor? Were you into comic books growing up?
Not really. I knew about the character, but I never read the comics as a kid. Getting involved in the film was my introduction to it. Then I was inundated with many copies of Thor comics—the guys at Marvel gave me a stack. I also read a lot of books on Norse mythology.

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Chris Discusses His “Thor” Preparations

Chris Hemsworth is a big, brawny guy from Australia with a passion for surfing and a bit of boxing experience — but how did he find the physicality of a thunder god? That was a key challenge for the 27-year-old actor, who said he studied fight footage of Mike Tyson and worked with a movement specialist to find the proper way to swing a magic hammer.

“It’s hard to know where to start when you come in and you get the hammer handed to you,” Hemsworth said, adding that he didn’t want to come off as a lumberjack or an ax murderer onscreen. ”I was working on Red Dawn and talked to Tom Cruise [whose son Connor is in the movie] and he asked me, ‘Have you been doing sword-fight training and all of that to get ready [for ‘Thor’]?’ — he has an interest after The Last Samurai — and I said, ‘No, I haven’t, because it’s not really a sword, it’s a hammer.’ We talked about how odd that is.”

Mjolnir, the blunt-faced stone hammer of Thor, is an artifact of galactic power but, well, it’s not the most graceful of weapons when you first see it. In the film the actor does a credible job, to say the least, as he swings, slings, twirls and brandishes the hammers that were crafted to evoke the magic mallet as envisioned in the pages of Marvel Comics. There were more than 150 different versions created for the production, some quite heavy and detail-rich, others little more than a blocky bit of foam used for onscreen smiting.

“It’s not the most practical thing, when you first come to it, to think of a giant, flat hammer as a weapon,” Hemsworth said. “Realistically, it wouldn’t be weighted right for anyone to use it if the handle was only so long. So the main thing coming in was to make the hammer an extension of Thor. We had to develop a style of movement that was singular, really, to this character. We looked at Mike Tyson and that very low, powerful, very aggressive stance — a big-shoulder, big-hip stance that suggests coiled strength. We had a movement guy come in too, a guy named Paradox Pollack, and we worked together a lot.”

Pollack helped Hemsworth view Mjolnir as something more than a heavy possession or even a treasured totem.

“I met him on Star Trek,” Hemsworth said of Pollack. “He was teaching all the people who were playing aliens how to move around. How do you get that job? He’s a fascinating guy. He’s got a circus background and acrobatics and he was a real help. He came in on this and he had read every ‘Thor’ comic book and he had a lot to show me about the hands and postures and these poses that evoke the comic book character and then how, as an actor, you could do some of those things to put it on the screen. He had this idea too of this electricity, this energy, that’s surrounding Thor. There’s an aura of thunder and lighting and energy around him, and if you start with that, then there’s a way you can move that kind of fits with that. And it affects the relation to everybody else, the way he interacts; if this exists and it extends to out here then you wouldn’t stand that close to a 9-foot monster. It was all very helpful to me.”


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Chris Talks About Intimate “Thor” Scenes

The mighty Thor is the next Marvel Comics superhero to hit the big screen, and Aussie star Chris Hemsworth details the amusing reality behind his intimate scenes with co-star Natalie Portman!

“The intimate stuff, you have to laugh at it,” the newlywed Chris tells our own Samantha Harris. “On one hand there’s an intimacy, but you’re also in front of 50 people and there’s some cameras pointing at you, so it’s kind of not intimate.”

Chris says he congratulated Natalie on her Black Swan Best Actress win on Oscar night, and has true confidence in her upcoming real-life role as a first-time mother. “She’ll be incredible,” he says. “She’s wanted to have kids, I’m sure, for a long time, and is a lovely, caring human being and ticks all the boxes, so she’ll be great.”

In theaters May 6, ‘Thor’ finds the arrogant Norse warrior forced to live among humans as punishment after reigniting an ancient war in his world. His true mettle is put to the test when a villainous foe sends dark forces from the realm of Asgard to invade Earth. The Kenneth Branagh-directed movie features Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg and Rene Russo.

Chris says that despite the intimidating pedigree of some of his co-stars and director, he felt quite comfortable in his work environment: “My voice and opinion mattered and it was a very collaborative, fun set to be on,” he offers. He admits that the workouts and diet required to bulk up for the character were not as fun, however.

“That has been the most strenuous and exhausting part of all, to be honest; the workouts are fun in moments, but sixth, seventh day that week, after 16 hours of other work, it’s tough,” he explains. “And the eating, the amounts of protein and food I have to consume to sort of keep the weight on, was a feat in itself. … All the fun stuff — pizza and hamburgers and anything that tasted good — was off the list; it all became about plain, dry chicken breast and steak and fish and vegetables and fruit. Look, it’s great, it’s healthy food, but after a while it gets a bit mundane.”

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“Anthony Hopkins Inspires Me” Says Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth has said that he looks up to his Thor co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins as a role model. Hemsworth, who plays the titular superhero in the upcoming comic book adaptation, told Men’s Health magazine that the 1991 ‘Best Actor’ Academy Award winner embodies everything that he strives to become.

“His whole approach to this business, his work ethic and attitude on set was inspiring,” the Australian actor said. “However many films down the track, he still has that [ethic] and he still is excited to be there and treats everyone as equals… He is an impressive person.”

On other actors he respects, the actor added: “I love Paul Giamatti, Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and Matt Damon, you know, I could go on and on.”

Hemsworth also revealed that he never had aspirations of pursuing acting as a career during his formative years.

“I always loved film, but never thought about it as a career choice,” he added. “I had a different idea of what I wanted to do professionally every week. You know, I was a lawyer one week, a doctor, a sportsman in some way, and then I found out I can pretend to do all those things in acting.”

The star professed earlier this week that landing the lead role in Thor was a “dream” come true. Thor opens on April 27 in the UK and will be released in the US on May 6. (Source)

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Working on “Thor” Was ‘Ridiculous’

Hunky new star Chris Hemsworth has revealed that working alongside A-listers like Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins on the new blockbuster movie Thor was ‘ridiculous.’ The Australian actor plays the title superhero role in the new Hollywood comic book adaptation.

But said he found it surreal being surrounded by some of Hollywood’s biggest players given his humble beginnings in an Aussie soap opera. He told GQ magazine:

“It was ridiculous. Going from kissing Natalie Portman to working with Anthony Hopkins – the whole experience was like: ‘What the f*** am I doing here?’ But in a good way. It literally seemed like last week I was still working on Home and Away.”


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Only Healthy Competition Between Hemsworth Brothers

Chris Hemsworth insists he and his brother Liam are not in competition. The 27-year-old actor beat his sibling to the title role in forthcoming blockbuster epic Thor, but the elder star insists there is no serious rivalry in his family when it comes to their careers.

He said: “We have a healthy rivalry as brothers do with certain things, but probably more about the little stupid things than this kind of stuff. We are both very aware of how difficult the business is and if one of us gets a job we are just happy for them and we are there for each other. We support each other.”

Chris has been acting longer than his brother – who is rumoured to have rekindled his romance with The Last Song co-star Miley Cyrus – but he is proud of the talent Liam has shown.

He said: “I’ve been doing it for 10 years and he’s been doing it for about three. But he’s doing great, he’s got a whole lot of talent.”


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“The Avengers” to Focus on Entire Team

Despite the huge excitement for The Avengers, many fans have been left wondering just how exactly Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios will share the spotlight equally for each team member. While talking about his excitement for the movie, Chris Hemsworth was quick to point out that each character and actor will recieve the attention they deserve. (Source)

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“Red Dawn” and “Cabin in the Woods” Updates

IGN movies recently interviewed Chris Hemsworth about Thor, during which time they also got him to chat about two of his long-delayed releases at MGM, Red Dawn and The Cabin in the Woods. Here’s what he had to say about them:

You’re also in the remake of Red Dawn, which MGM has had on the shelf for awhile now. They’re going back and changing the villains from the Chinese to the North Koreans. Has that required you to go back and record any new dialogue for it?
No, not really. It was always pretty vague even when we were shooting. They kind of never mentioned who it was anyway. It wasn’t heavily suggested, so I think it was an easy technical fix for them whether they do it with a little CGI or the occasional voice-over line. But the Russians were in there, maybe the Chinese and they mention someone else, so it just wasn’t really the focus. It wasn’t really a political take on anything. It could’ve been the Australians for all we cared. I guess MGM have their reasons for doing it, but we as the actors were never really involved with it.

Your Avengers director, Joss Whedon, also wrote The Cabin the Woods, another MGM film. Have you guys heard anything about when that might finally come out?
Yeah, we’re hearing that’s possibly later in the year, but those films have been tied up at MGM as you say for awhile now. I’m hearing great things about both of them. I’ll look a few years older by the time they come out.


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“Thor Has a Real Sense of Humor”

The excitement for the summer-movie season is definitely gaining momentum, what with all the trailers and TV spots that have started to premiere and photos leaking online. One of the first big movies to open this season will be the highly anticipated Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård.

Earlier this week, MTV News was privy to an exclusive clip from the film, and a few days later, MTV was lucky enough to run into Hemsworth at CinemaCon to get a few details about the hype surrounding the project and one of the Aussie actor’s favorite sequences.

“I shot ‘Thor’ a year ago, was cast six months before that, so it’s been a long time of anticipation, but it’s all heating up and we’re very excited,” Hemsworth said of feeling the excitement building around the film.

Regarding a favorite scene or sequence, Hemsworth said he enjoyed his work on the Earth-bound set most.

“The stuff you see in the trailers with Natalie Portman, there’s a real sense of humor to it, which I don’t think we expected at the time,” he said. “Thor is a real fish-out-of-water, and I’d actually just come from shooting the stuff in the other realm or world that we were in, with Anthony Hopkins and big elaborate set pieces and costumes, and he’s fantastic and it was all wonderful, and then come to do the Earth stuff with Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård, and Jane’s in a T-shirt,” he explained of feeling a bit shocked by the differences between the film’s two settings, joking that it was nice to not have to wear his elaborate costume for a while.

“It felt incredibly uncomfortable, but also there was some comic relief to all that,” Hemsworth said.


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Chris Briefly Mentions “The Avengers”

The MTV website had a short interview with actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays the title character in next month’s Thor and reprises the role for next year’s blockbuster, The Avengers. In this excerpt from the website, Hemsworth says that, despite it being a team movie, you can expect to see Thor and his teammates each get their own moments of glory:

As part of an all-star cast, it’s easy to imagine certain Avengers clocking more screen time than others. According to Hemsworth, however, each of the team’s heroes will get ample time to shine.

“Everyone really does get a go and I think Joss has done an incredible job of throwing it together and making sure that happens,” said Hemsworth.