By Fred Topel | Images property of Paramount Pictures
Thor is one of the last major Marvel characters to get his own movie. He made a major appearance at San Diego Comic Con this summer, with star Chris Hemsworth speaking to the fans about his portrayal of their favorite character.
Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor
“He’s a brash, cocky young warrior and he’s got to learn some humility,” Hemsworth said. “It’s about that journey. I think him learning to temper what is his greatest strength is also his biggest danger, which is that power.”
Comic Con may be for the die hard fans to get their peek at the movie. Hemsworth wants all moviegoers to like it too. “That’s a challenge. You’ve got to look after the fans already and then you’ve got to introduce it to a new audience. But same again, you can’t think about that when you hear action. You sort of simplify it and just do the best you can and respectful of what already exists, take it to where you’re trying to go with it. That’s the challenge. You walk into something which has a pre-existing fan base. People are very passionate about it and know what they want to see. As far as how you bring the excitement or challenge, a lot of that, the script comes along. That’s not my department. For me it was reading as much as the comic books and things that inspired me, gaining that but then also taking the reigns and going, ‘Okay, now we’ve just got to do it’ scene by scene.”
Hemsworth bulked up to look like a Norse god. He also had to learn some technique to swing that hammer. “A lot of different stuff because it really is a very impractical kind of weapon in a sense. There’s a big huge head on it and a tiny little handle. So we talked about boxing a lot actually. I’d done a lot of Muay Thai for years and Muay Thai is much more on your toes and legs involved. Boxing is more of a grounded sort of technique. We’d talk about Tyson, low to the ground and power through the legs. A lot of that I think influenced Thor and certainly big open shoulders, big shoulder movements. It becomes a very gritty kind of street fighting stuff at times and happens to have a big old hammer in his hand as well.”
The Thor movie will set up the character for participation in The Avengers. Those are some of Hemsworth’s favorite Thor comics to read. “There’s one particular one where they approach him and Thor’s sitting on a beach in a party or something. There’s fire and people sitting around playing guitar. Thor’s there drinking a beer and up walk out SHIELD and I think Iron Man. They’re like, ‘Supposedly you’re a god and we want you to join our team.’ He’s like, ‘Psh, I’m not joining nothing.’ I think one of them says something like, ‘I don’t believe he’s a god anyway.’ Thor makes big rain and thunder and they scurry away. I enjoyed that moment.”