Chris Hemsworth has been playing Thor, God of Thunder, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for almost a decade. It's pretty much impossible to imagine anyone in this role (although Natalie Portman will take on the coat in the upcoming Thor: L ove and Thunder ). But according to the man himself, the course of superhero cinema was almost in a completely different direction.
In a recent interview with GQ Australia Hemsworth revealed that he had previously auditioned for roles in two other action franchises to get the role that would eventually make him a household name. He tried Fox’s restart of the X-Men films in which he would have played a Marvel character, albeit one outside the MCU (no word for which mutant he was speaking for).
He also read for the role of Conrad S. Hauser, who starred in 2009 in GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. Of course, this role went to Channing Tatum and left Hemsworth completely discouraged … until Marvel called.
"I had seven or eight recalls and thought one of them would land," he said. "But then none of them did and suddenly I thought: That's it, I missed it again. But then came Thor . If I had gotten one of these previous roles, I wouldn’t & # 39; I have Thor . "
The rest, as they say, is history. Hemsworth has played Thor in three independent films and four Avengers films (not to mention an expanded, hilarious cameo in Doctor Strange ), and ascribes director Taika Waititi to that she has helped keep the character fresh and engaging, both for the audience and for him as an actor.
"It's so much fun," he said. "But do not confuse this childish, hectic energy with someone who is not prepared. This is a unique combination that can calm you down with humor, but is also armed with all the knowledge that a director has to guide you through the process it came at a time when I really wanted to have more humor for the character. "
Hemsworth and Waititi will work together again on Thor: Love and Thunder who is currently scheduled to start shooting in August.