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2015 | The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Chris as ... Thor
Director ... Joss Whedon
Release ... May 1, 2015
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As the US Government create a force, known as Ultron, The Avengers are told they are not needed any longer. But when Ultron turns against Humanity, it’s time for The Avengers to assemble yet again for their most dangerous challenge ever.

2014 | In the Heart of the Sea
Chris as ... Owen Chase
Director ... Ron Howard
Release ... March 13, 2015
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Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

2014 | Cyber
Chris as ...
Director ... Michael Mann
Release ... January 16, 2015
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American and Chinese forces work together on a case of high-level computer hacking.

2013 | Rush
Chris as ... James Hunt
Director ... Ron Howard
Release ... September 27, 2013
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A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt.

2013 | Thor: The Darkworld
Chris as ... Thor
Director ... Alan Taylor
Release ... November 8, 2013 (UK/US)
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Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

2012 | Red Dawn
Chris as ... Jed Eckert
Director ... Dan Bradley
Release ... November 21, 2012
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A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

2012 | Snow White and the Huntsman
Chris as ... The Huntsman
Director ... Rupert Sanders
Release ... June 1, 2012
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In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

2012 | The Avengers
Chris as ... Thor
Director ... Joss Whedon
Release ... May 4, 2012 (UK/US)
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Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

2012 | The Cabin in the Woods
Chris as ... Curt Vaughan
Director ... Drew Goddard
Release ... April 13, 2012 US)
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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

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Dec 14, 10

According to legend, only those worthy enough can pick up the mighty hammer of Thor…and Chris Hemsworth certainly fits the bill.

The Australian actor will bring the Thunderer to life on May 6, 2011 when “Thor” hits theaters. Fans got a sneak peek of everything in store with the debut of the film’s first trailer last week, and in the coming months will bring you word from the actors and creators behind “Thor” as we anticipate the most epic Marvel movie yet!

For Hemsworth, the challenge of playing such an iconic, established hero on the big screen proved no more difficult than any other role he’s undertaken.

“There’s a lot of pressure with something that existed for so many years before you were involved and already has a fan base, but you don’t let that affect the way you approach the film,” remarks the actor. “I approached it by doing it as well as I can. Whether it’s a small film, or something like this, it’s very exciting and daunting.”

As fans gleaned from the trailer, Jane Foster—played by Natalie Portman—will play a large role in Thor’s cinematic odyssey, something Hemsworth teased further.

“It’s a big breaking point in Thor’s journey,” he promises. “He learns some humility. He starts out as a brash, cocky, young warrior and she certainly influences him in a different direction and gives him a different angle to look at life from.”

Thor’s hubris and heroism define two key aspects of his character, aspects that reflect “an ongoing battle [within Thor], taming the berserk warrior that is in him,” according to Hemsworth.

“Certainly, that’s a big part of this film. He has to be that warrior and he still has to have those elements. That’s what makes him Thor. But also, you don’t want to watch a guy for too long on screen who’s just a jerk all the time. You get moments of it, where it’s kind of cool and bad, but then it just gets old. You’ve got to find that balance, and at the right times, sneak a bit of it back in.”

Working with director Kenneth Branagh gave Hemsworth a particular insight into Thor’s character, as the filmmaker encouraged the star to gain inspiration wherever he could.

“It’s been brilliant,” beams Hemsworth. “It’s the most character development, discussions on scenes and back-story that I’ve ever had. He always had the attitude that you should read books–read this, look at all these influences, talk for hours. Maybe it means nothing or maybe it gives us one moment in the film, and it’s worth it. That’s part of the fun for me, all that research and speaking to as many people as I can and soaking up all that stuff.”

As far as specific books that Branagh gave the actor, one in particular made an impression on him.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor with Anthony Hopkins as Odin

“Kenneth got me ‘Siddhartha,’ a Hermann Hesse book, about a man trying to find his place in life,” recalls Hemsworth. “It’s about a person who goes through all these temptations. ‘Thor,’ in effect, is different from ‘Siddhartha,’ but it’s a human being trying to find out his purpose and how he’s going to go about his life. Ken said, ‘Look, this is just a bright book that I love. It might give you something for the film or just personally.’ I love it, it’s certainly one of my favorite books.”

Beyond building his mind, Hemsworth also had to build quite a bit of muscle mass to play the Mighty Avenger, which required a special diet.

“It was a lot of protein shakes, chicken breasts, a lot of calories, food and working out,” Hemsworth states. I’ve tried to get as much rest as I can, that’s the other third of the equation. I put on about 20 pounds, and then lost a lot of it since shooting, because I wasn’t eating that amount.”

Speaking of Thor’s physicality, Hemsworth also put a great deal of work into developing his fighting style with Thor’s iconic weapon, the Uru hammer Mjolnir.

“It’s a rather impractical weapon in a sense,” comments the actor. “It’s got this big huge head on it and a tiny little handle. We talked about boxing a lot actually, I’ve done Muay Thai for years, which keeps you on your toes, but boxing is a more grounded technique. You talk about Mike Tyson, low to the ground, using your power through your legs. A lot of that influenced Thor, with big shoulder movements. It becomes sort of gritty, street fighting stuff at times. He also happens to have a big hammer in his hands at the time too.”


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