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Drew Goddard On Bringing Out Chris Hemsworth’s Dark Side For “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Drew Goddard doesn’t write for actors, but the moment he finished Bad Times at the El Royale, his story about seven people colliding in a sketchy motel, he reached out to Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth, who appeared in Goddard’s directorial debut Cabin in the Woods just after his first turn as Thor, agreed to play the most dangerous character in “Bad Times,” a charismatic, would-be cult leader.

The writer-director spoke to Variety about reuniting with Hemsworth, the pleasure of working with Cynthia Erivo and Lewis Pullman, and the future of his X-Force project.

How did you find Louis Pullman? He’ll be pretty new to many audiences, and he’s as surprising and impressive as [Cynthia] Erivo.
He was another one where I just had a very specific thing I was looking for. [His character, the El Royale employee] Miles is integral to the story, and we needed someone that can take the audience on a real journey, in terms of emotional performance. So it was one of those good old-fashioned casting searches. After meeting with lots and lots and lots of actors, Lewis came in and you just felt that immediately. The last time that happened, quite honestly, was when Chris Hemsworth walked in for “Cabin in the Woods.” You’re just looking for actors who inherently fit the role — and then also transcend the role. Louis had that sort of magic.

Can you just text from Chris Hemsworth now and say, “Hey, I got an idea. Do you want to talk?”
[Laughs] We have a very healthy relationship, that’s for sure. We’re very fond of one another.

Hemsworth plays a Charles Manson-type character, what interests you about a figure like that?
For me, it was all about finding something different for Chris. Chris got cast in “Thor” in the middle of [making] “Cabin in the Woods,” so I got to see this young actor just launched into the stratosphere. It’s been really fun to see how he has grown and changed, and yet, how he has also stayed exactly the same. He’s still the same wonderful, hardworking, emotional performer that I met almost a decade ago. I knew that it was time for him to do something different. I was excited to write something that would give him a chance to explore darker territory. And I think he was probably eager to get to play something that is a little left of center from the sort of stuff he usually plays. So it very much came together as we created this character of Billy Lee.

Is it fair to say that writing something for Chris was one of the primary starting points for the script?
The truth is, I don’t really think about actors when I’m writing, but every time I finish a script I look at it and the first thing I think is, “OK, who could Chris play?” When I’m writing I try to only think about the characters. But once I finished, he’s definitely one of the first people I called. I just love working with him so much.

Read the full interview at www.variety.com

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“Bad Times at the El Royale” Critical Review

Chris’s upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale is slated to hit theatres this weekend. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, the film has been met with mostly mixed to positive reviews. Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast of Jeff Bridges, John Hamm, Cynthia Erivo and Dakota Johnson and hits theatres on October 12th. Take a look below at what the critics are saying:

Empire Online — A beautifully staged film with everything is in its place, this is both an affectionate homage and a timely commentary, falling only slightly short of its own ambition. Classy pulp fiction.

Variety — Writer-director Drew Goddard follows up The Cabin in the Woods with an inverse experiment, an elaborate thriller where the location is everything, and the twists disappoint. The contributions of both cast and crew make “Bad Times” a worthwhile watch, even if for most, the script’s payoff isn’t enough to justify the pacing problems.

Washington PostBad Times at the El Royale certainly goes places you wouldn’t predict, but it’s not always evident why. Like the namesake hotel, which boasts a red line running through its lobby — one side the home state of Tinseltown, the other Sin City — “Bad Times at the El Royale” is a schizoid thing: terribly, terribly entertaining, and at times just a wee bit soulless.

Indie Wire — he film is a series of delicious reveals and deadly reversals, each a bit more satisfying than the last. The film only becomes more fun as you get hip to what it’s doing, with Goddard’s big cast continuing to balloon over the course of this 140-minute epic.

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66th San Sebastian Film Festival: “Bad Times at the El Royale” Premiere

Chris was in Spain to attend the premiere of Bad Times at the El Royale during the 66th San Sebastian Film Festival. Chris was joined by his parents, Leonie and Craig; as well as his wife, Else Pataky. Bad Times at the El Royale was directed by Drew Goddard and hits theatres on October 12th. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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“Bad Times at the El Royale” Featurette: ‘Scratching at the Surface’

Chris’s upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale hits theatres on October 12th. 20th Century FOX released an on set featurette interview and behind the scenes look at the film titled, Scratching at the Surface. Take a look at the featurette below and head over to the gallery for the screen captures.


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“Bad Times at the El Royale” Trailer #02

The second trailer for Chris’s upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale has been released. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast of Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo. The film hits North American theatres on October 5, 2018. Take a look at the trailer below:

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.


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Empire (July 2018) Scans

I have added scans from the July issue of Empire magazine into the gallery. The magazine featured a multi-page article covering Chris’s upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale. I would like to thank my friend, AliKat for sharing the scans with us. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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“Bad Times at the El Royale” Production Stills

The first set of production stills from Chris’ upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale have been released online. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast of Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo. The film hits North American theatres on October 5, 2018. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.

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“Bad Times at the El Royale” Official Trailer

The first trailer for Chris’ upcoming film, Bad Times at the El Royale has been released online. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast of Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo. The film hits North American theatres on October 5, 2018. Take a look at the trailer below:

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell.

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2018 Canada Stevens Rugby Tournament

Chris is in Vancouver, Canada to film the upcoming movie, Bad Times at the El Royale. While in Canada, Chris attended the 2018 Canada Stevens Rugby Tournament as a TAG Heuer Ambassador. Fans caught a glimpse of Chris’ new moustache. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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