Chris Hemsworth describes how it felt to beat out little brother Liam for the role of “Thor”:“We’re competitive,” Chris says, “but in the best way.”

Director Kenneth Branagh had narrowed his list to four actors who might be able to fill the starring role in his blockbuster film Thor, and what may surprise many fans and critics who are raving about the film, that list did not include the name of star Chris Hemsworth. But it did include the name Liam Hemsworth, the star’s younger brother.

Branagh had invited Liam, 21, whose credits include the Miley Cyrus movie The Last Song and the upcoming  The Hunger Games, to do a screen test, but the director also decided to re-evaluate a few previous audition tapes, one of those happened to belong to Chris.

“We’re competitive,” Chris says, “but in the best way.” Liam gave his older brother a few tips based on his audition with Branagh. And a phone call from producer Joss Whedon in support of Chris didn’t hurt his chances, either. Branagh and Marvel Studios were both impressed by the older Hemsworth brother.

“We did two or three interview sessions before we tested him,” Branagh says. “We pretty much knew as we were shooting the test that he was the guy. It seemed, across these meetings, he had grown into it. He understood it better. And crucially, he was at ease.”

Chris was a little more than concerned when the filmmakers told him to “get as big as you can.” The actor noted Thor “is 500 pounds or something and looks like Schwarzenegger. And I thought, ‘OK, I’m not gonna get to that.’ But I have to get bigger. And then I came back right before Christmas, just before we started the movie, and had a final sort of camera test and put the costume on and within a couple of minutes, my hands started going numb. And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, that’s not cool.’ And I started getting pins and needles and you’d touch the skin and the blood wouldn’t return to that area so quick. And I thought, ‘OK, it doesn’t fit.’ ”

The actor’s costume needed to be altered, and Branagh instructed Chris to “pull back” on the intense workouts.

Chris will step into the role of Thor again in 2012’s The Avengers. He can also be seen in the remake of Red Dawn ( in the role originated by Patrick Swayze in 1984) and in Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.

“It’s the normal sort of anxiety that you want it to succeed and do well,” the actor says, “So far, everything is in our favor.”

via The Hollywood Reporter

2 Comments

  1. Ryan

    May 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the piece DA (and Heather). Got to work with Chris a few years back. Class Act. He deserves all the success he has coming to him. I can’t wait to catch “Thor” this weekend!

  2. Lance Carter

    May 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks! I loved the movie and Chris was the best part of the film – so good!

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Film the Smaug Motion Capture for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit […]
Watch: Daniel Radcliffe on the Differences Between American and British Theater Audiences
Though moviegoers can see Daniel Radcliffe in the fantasy film Horns, which opens today, Broadway fans will have to wait a bit longer. Radcliffe is an unapologetic fan of Broadway — he has starred in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan — but he hasn’t yet made […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-anna-gunn-jacki-weaver-and.jpg
Watch: Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver and Virginia Kull on ‘Gracepoint’ and Strong Female Roles on TV
The actresses also speak candidly about how they feel about their characters in the series and why its important for TV to feature series with strong female leads.Check out the conversation above!
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-cristin-milioti-talks-a-to.jpg
Watch: Cristin Milioti Talks ‘A to Z’, ‘Once’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Few actresses have the kind of rise as Cristin Milioti has had in the last few years. A virtual unknown in 2011, she became a bona fide Broadway star in the 2012 hit Once, appeared in a supporting role in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and was featured as the titular mother […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-bryan-cranstons-acting-adv.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Acting Advice
With Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel being released on Blu-ray with all kinds of goodies today, it gives us yet another opportunity to reflect on the series’ star Bryan Cranston and all of the incredible advice he has offered actors in the wake of his success. In a video he filmed in 2013 for […]