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30th Apr 2024

Chris Hemsworth says he ‘became a parody of himself’ whilst shooting Marvel movies

Nina McLaughlin

“I didn’t stick the landing.”

Chris Hemsworth has spoken out about his experience starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The actor first took up his role as Thor back in 2011, and most recently played the god in 2022’s Thor: Love and Thunder.

However, the 40-year-old recently revealed that it wasn’t all that it might seem on the surface starring as one of Hollywood’s biggest superheroes.

“I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself,” Hemsworth told Vanity Fair. “I didn’t stick the landing.”

Although he was grateful for such a smash hit role, he admitted that his frustration grew as he did more Marvel films.

“Sometimes I felt like a security guard for the team,” Hemsworth told the outlet.

“I would read everyone else’s lines, and go, ‘Oh, they got way cooler stuff. They’re having more fun. What’s my character doing?’

“It was always about, ‘You’ve got the wig on. You’ve got the muscles. You’ve got the costume. Where’s the lighting?’ Yeah, I’m part of this big thing, but I’m probably pretty replaceable.”

Moving on from his Marvel role has been tricky for the star, and he even felt the need to step back and take a hiatus from acting.

“I’d been trying to muscle and beat things into existence for so long, out of obsession and desperation to build this career, and I was just exhausted,” Hemsworth said.

“I was worried about everything. Nothing was as enjoyable as it once was, or I had imagined it was. I was making back-to-back movies and doing the press tours, and I was married and had three young kids, and it was all happening at the same time in a very short window…

“You’re sort of just running on fumes, and then you’re showing up to something with little in the tank and you start to pick things apart: Why am I doing this film? Why isn’t this script better? Why didn’t that director call me for that or why didn’t I get considered for this role? Why don’t I get the call-up from Scorsese or Tarantino?

“I had begun to take it all too serious and too personal.”

His latest role in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa has repiqued Hemsworth’s interest in his career.

“I don’t want to continue to do it until people are so exhausted that they roll their eyes when they see me come on the screen as that character,” he continued.

“If an audience wants to see it, and if there’s something that we believe is exciting and fun, then great. I’ve loved being able to reinvent that character a few times.

“I don’t have the answer yet, but I would love to try and [figure out] how we can do that again and keep it a little unpredictable.”

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