Thor Love and Thunder actor Chris Hemsworth: ‘Director Taika Watiti brought out the immature, young adolescent quality that I embody’
Chris Hemsworth believes the makers had to rely a lot on the set “rules and guidelines” while making the initial few Thor films, but that changed when filmmaker Taika Waititi came on board to direct Thor Ragnarok.
Eight films and over a decade later, Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth says from being an “obvious” comic book superhero, Thor has evolved into a character that embodies a lot of his personality traits.
Since 2011’s origin story Thor, the Australian actor has appeared as the Marvel superhero in The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok , Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame .
The 38-year-old actor believes the makers had to rely a lot on the set “rules and guidelines” while making initial few films, but that changed when filmmaker Taika Waititi came on board to direct Ragnarok.
“There’s obviously a familiarity, but he has changed so dramatically over the years as I have. And that’s what has been kind of fun as the character’s evolution and my opinions sort of melded in and crossed paths,” the actor said at a global press conference of Thor: Love and Thunder.
“The origin story is not the easiest but the obvious one and there’s a sort of set of rules and guidelines. After that the challenge is, how do you recreate the character? And that’s been the luxury, working with different directors and different cast and they all bring out something very different in you,” he added.
As Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder in the upcoming standalone film, the actor said Taiki Waititi brought out the “immature, young adolescent” quality in the character which is close to what he is in real life.
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“Since Taika got involved, he brought out the immature, young adolescent quality that I embody and so does Thor now, which he didn’t in the original films. It was exciting and fresh. It was about having fun. Him (Thor) embodying this place as a child, enjoying and being caught up in the wonder and the fascination was fun. I feel like the character has probably become more me over the years and I hope in a fun way,” he said.
Waititi, often credited for revitalising the Thor franchise by infusing humour and irreverence to the character, said it was challenging for him to draw parallels between Thor and Hemsworth.