Chris Hemsworth was almost Gambit in "X-Men: Origins"? That's one of the tidbits that comes up in his new interview with "Variety."
"I got very close to ‘GI Joe,’” he says of the action hero played by Channing Tatum in the 2009 summer hit. “I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine ‘X-Men’ movies.” Instead, Taylor Kitsch was cast. “At the time I was upset,” Hemsworth says. “I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
It's very lucky for us he didn't land either of those (frankly terrible) movies and instead became the perfect Thor.
Even after landing the career-making role, he was worried that the sequels wouldn't happen. Or that he'd be recast. But it all worked out and he's now played Thor in 8 MCU films. And has left the door open for more.
He's become such good friends with the other MCU cast, especially Chris Evans. "[We] have a real brotherly bond. I think they wouldn’t pair us up on this press tour, because we just spend the whole time screwing around and none of it is on topic," he said.
Evans confirmed this was true. "We had too much fun together, and truly like kids in school, we were separated because we weren’t getting s**t done." He also told Variety he'd love to reteam with Hemsworth: "I would love to do one of those ’80s buddy comedies, where we could shed the characters we are known for.” YES PLEASE.
Now that he's in a position to choose his movies, which is why he turned down the still up-in-the-air fourth "Star Trek" film, which would have reunited him with Chris Pine. "I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet," he told Variety. "I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table."
As for those Bond rumors, he says he's open to the idea (he wouldn't be the first Aussie Bond, after all.) But he has someone else in mind: "My vote would be Idris Elba. I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different."
Next up, as if we have to tell you, Hemsworth reteams with Tessa Thompson for "Men in Black: International," which opens June 13.
Read the whole interview, including the bit where he talks about nearly quitting "Ghostbusters" the day before filming, at Variety.