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Chris Hemsworth talks THOR, humility and bulking up


Chris Hemsworth has been doing the promotional rounds ahead of the next Marvel Studios release, THOR, in which he stars as the Nordic looking protagonist who wields a mighty hammer and basically smashes things up with a bit of thunder and lightning to give the eyes something to feast on.

The Australian star touched down on April 13th in Munich, Germany and headed straight to the Hotel Bayerischer Hof.

Hemsworth lines up alongside acting heavyweights such as Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings and recent Oscar winner Natalie Portman – her second ‘superhero’ film after a sterling performance as Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta.

Although the centre piece of the film, Chris Hemsworth found the making of THOR to be a humbling experience and said that he felt ”ridiculous” on the film set due to the quality of the actors he worked with and their collective resumes compared to his lowly work on an Australian soap opera.

The latest in a long line of Marvel comic adaptations, following the likes of Iron Man 1&2, Captain America and The Hulk, sees Hemsworth fulfilling the role of the blonde haired, hammer wielding demi-god, but his rise to the big screen is a rapid ascension from his humble beginnings on Aussie TV.

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

Despite such a grounding experience Hemsworth says he enjoyed the project immensely due to the constant evolution of his character and the hard work that went into reshaping his body to serve the role.

“I had never had anyone push me in so many different directions or places that Ken did with my character. Instead of trying to track, ‘This is who he is and this is what we do’, we’d try one thing and say, ‘Great, we’ve got that, now let’s give this a go.’ By doing that you constantly go, ‘I didn’t think of that, but I could use that here.’

“It was a constant evolution, which is a freer way to work. We weren’t on this tightrope of, ‘Oh f**k, don’t do that, only do this.’”

And on his workout to bulk up for THOR, Hemsworth said: “I put on a lot of weight — I put on about 20 pounds at one point. It was purely eating, eating, eating, working out and working out, trying to sleep as much as you can — that’s the other third of the equation. The eating was the biggest thing; since stopping shooting I probably work out the same but don’t eat as much, and I’ve probably lost 15 pounds or something. Chicken breasts and protein shakes, boiled chicken . . . clean meats, the right carbs. Sickly stuff.”

Get a taste of Chris in action by watching the Trailer. THOR will be in cinemas on May 6th.

Read about Natalie Portman; Anthony Hopkins; Kat Dennings; Marevl hero Spiderman and Robert Downey Jr talking about Iron Man III.


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