Marvel fans fell in love with the quirky vibe that director Taika Waititi injected into "Thor: Ragnarok," and apparently, the film's titular star was a big fan of the new tone, too.
In an interview with GQ, Chris Hemsworth chatted about his most famous role, and how it's evolved over time. The actor got his big breaking debuting as the God of Thunder in 2011's "Thor," which quickly typecast him
“It was quite jarring for my family and friends when I was on-screen doing a straight, heroic, sort of overly masculine kind of thing,” Hemsworth told GQ.
“I came into Hollywood thinking I had to be Russell Crowe. I loved his performances, and because of my physicality and my size, that was the obvious choice. I think I was aware that it could kind of get me in the door,” Hemsworth says. “But it wasn't me.”
Eager to play roles that hewed more closely to his warm, goofy personality, Hemsworth collaborated with Waititi to change the way that Thor operated, going toe-to-toe with Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, who challenged the hero at every turn. It was a change that Hemsworth says elevated not only his own acting, but the franchise as a whole.
“The first one is good, the second one is meh,” the actor said of the original "Thor" and its sequel, "The Dark World." “What masculinity was, the classic archetype—it just all starts to feel very familiar. I was so aware that we were right on the edge.”
We think MCU devotees will agree that Hemsworth and Waititi made the right call. And obviously, Hemsworth is a delight in less-serious roles, particularly as the adorably dim-witted receptionist, Kevin, in 2016's "Ghostbusters." We're glad he's now able to flex his acting muscles as much as his real-life muscles.
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