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It’s just over a month until “Thor” arrives in theaters, and the Merry Marvel Marketing Machine has been in overdrive lately. We’ve received a new “Thor” clip, checked out a new viral marketing campaign, and even been offered a chance to own part of Thor’s costume.

During this week’s CinemaCon, MTV News asked the Thunder God himself, actor Chris Hemsworth, whether he’s feeling the pressure from the film’s upcoming premiere — and which part of the filming process was his favorite.

“I shot ‘Thor’ a year ago, [and] was cast six months before that, so there’s been a long time of anticipation…” said Hemsworth.

As for his favorite scenes to film, Hemsworth admitted that his times out of costume provided his fondest memories.

“The Earthbound stuff was incredibly fun — the stuff you see in the trailers with Natalie Portman,” he said. “There’s a real sense of humor to it which I don’t think we expected at the time. Thor is a real fish out of water.”

“I’d just come from shooting the stuff in the other realm with Anthony Hopkins and big elaborate set pieces and costumes,” he continued. “[Hopkins] was fantastic and it was wonderful, and then we come to do the Earth stuff with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgaard and I’m in jeans and a t-shirt. It felt incredibly uncomfortable, but there was some comic relief in that.”

“Thor” hits theaters May 6, 2011.


Chris Hemsworth is on the Hollywood fast track, working alongside Academy Award winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming action adventure “Thor,” but the handsome Aussie said he nearly gave up on his showbiz dreams when his career came to a discouraging halt after his small role in 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot.

“I had a sort of nine-month period of nothing to the point where I was calling my parents. I was ready to pack it in and come home,” Chris told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush at CinemaCon 2011 in Las Vegas on Thursday. “It was like, ‘This is killing me.'”

Fortunately, just as he was about to give it all up and head back Down Under, the 27-year-old hunk was cast in “Cabin in the Woods,” “Red Dawn” and the highly anticipated “Thor.”

“It was just sort of like, when it rains it pours,” he told Billy of his sudden success.

Now that he’s set to join the ranks of Hollywood’s big screen leading men, Chris has a bit more spending cash and has used a portion of his acting earnings to get a new ride.

“I bought a car – I bought an Acura,” he told Billy of his biggest purchase so far. “A nice sort of SUV thing.”

“Why not like a Lamborghini or something? Billy asked.

“That’s too hard to get into – I don’t fit!” Chris – who recently revealed to Access how he gained 20 pounds to play the striking Norse god of comic book fame — told Billy. “I fit in this thing – put the surfboards in the back and, you know…”

Chris isn’t the only actor in his family – older brother Luke and younger brother Liam are also in the biz – and Chris said the trio is definitely competitive.

“[We’re] incredibly [competitive] in the best of ways,” Chris told Billy. “We grew up surfing and boxing and riding bikes and skateboards and whatever we did as kids.”

“Who wins in a fight? Could you take ’em all?” Billy asked.

“These days we’re all pretty similar in size and ability so it gets pretty ugly. We’ve got to temper that,” Chris told Billy, laughing. “Back when we were younger it was whoever was biggest. And for a little while it was my older brother, and then it was me and now we’re all, as I said, around the same height.”

See Chris as “Thor” when the movie comes to theaters on May 6. Chris will also reprise his role as the arrogant warrior in “The Avengers,” slated for release on May 4, 2012.


Does size matter?

It certainly does if you’re Chris Hemsworth…

As you may have seen by now, the Aussie hottie bulked up quite a bit for his starring role in Thor, the upcoming flick based on the hammer-wielding comic-book warrior-god.

“His arms!” Rene Russo, who plays Thor’s stepmother Frigga in the movie, gushed this weekend at the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards in L.A. “He’s huge. He’s beautiful. I mean, not too big, but so beautiful.”

Cougar alert! Just kidding—we couldn’t agree more.

The movie doesn’t open until May, but Russo is already signed on for the sequel. She laughed, “Eventually they’ll kick me out, so who knows how many I’ll do.”


Chris Hemsworth was a guest at the C2E2 convention and discussed his involvement with ‘Thor’ & ‘The Avengers’ as well as the upcoming ‘Red Dawn’ remake and Joss Whedon’s ‘Cabin in the Woods’.

C2E2 has descended on Chicago once again — and one of the convention’s most anticipated events this year was a Q&A with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. He fielded questions about the making of that film, his preparation for The Avengers, and also spoke briefly about his involvement with the upcoming Red Dawn remake and Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.

Hemsworth began by explaining what the audition process for Thor was like and revealed that it actually took three or four months of callbacks before he landed the part. As it turns out, Joss Whedon had a hand in helping him get cast.

While shooting Cabin in the Woods, Whedon asked Hemsworth if he was being considered for Thor. Hemsworth mentioned that there had been some discussions early on, but that he hadn’t heard much after that. According to Hemsworth, Whedon called up Thor director Kenneth Branagh and encouraged him to give the young actor another look.

After he signed onto the film, Hemsworth began devouring comic books and reading up on Norse mythology in order to do the character justice, but learned fairly quickly that looking for validation from the fans was a tricky business:

“It was one of those things where you start to read things and you see things you shouldn’t see … but you know, you try to stay away from blogs and things. It’s a little distracting.”

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We’re mere months away from the premiere of “Thor” and actor Chris Hemsworth’s debut as Marvel’s hammer-wielding god of thunder, and it looks like we’re not alone in acknowledging the Australian actor’s physical aptitude for the role.

Hemsworth was recently named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Fun Fearless Males Of 2011,” and MTV News caught up with him on the red carpet at the event announcing this year’s list to talk about “Thor” and those swirling rumors that Loki will have a role in “The Avengers.”

“I have [seen ‘Thor’], yeah. It’s fantastic,” Hemsworth told MTV News. “Being that close to something, it’s often pretty hard to watch yourself, but the film in so many ways is so impressive that I was swept along with it like an audience member, and that’s a pretty good sign.”

Asked about the weight of carrying the character’s legacy, Hemsworth indicated that the mantle of Thor is no small thing to carry — both physically and historically.

“Literally, the costume weighed god-knows-how-many pounds. It was heavy,” laughed Hemsworth. “And this is a character who has a ton of history — 40 or 50 years’ worth — and a built-in fanbase. He’s a god and a lot of other things that become overwhelming.”

“At the same time, it’s a dream,” he added. “As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky.”

As for those pesky rumors that Thor will have a rematch against Loki in Marvel’s 2012 superhero team-up event “The Avengers,” Hemsworth wasn’t giving anything up.

“I’m hearing rumors, too,” he said. “Marvel — the safehouse they’ve got — is very protective of what we say and what we don’t say, so I have to keep tight-lipped about it.”


Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have debuted new footage from Thor as part of a brand-new Super Bowl commercial, viewable in the player below.

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on May 6, the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.

source: comingsoon.net

Thor star Chris Hemsworth, The Tree of Life’s Jessica Chastain and rapper Lil Jon were among the Sundance attendees to take advantage of Oakley’s “Learn to Ride, Fueled by Muscle Milk” program held Jan. 22- Jan. 25 on the Park City slopes.

Anne Heche, Adrien Grenier, Wilmer Valderrama and Joy Bryant also checked in for snowboarding lessons, which came complete with Oakley-provided outerwear, googles and beanies.

Hemsworth told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve snowboarded two or three times, most of the times on my ass (with) the occassional sliding down the hill standing up.”

source: hollywoodreporter

“Thor” is hitting theaters in just a few months, and star Chris Hemsworth is as eager to see a final cut of the film as the rest of us.

When MTV News tracked down the actor at the Sundance Film Festival, Hemsworth offered a brief update of sorts on the film that casts him as Marvel’s god of thunder.

“I haven’t [seen the final cut],” Hemsworth told MTV News. “They’re very excited to show us the final cut of it all.”

The actor said he’s moving on to “Avengers” filming next, but he’s eager to see how all the pieces of “Thor” that he has seen will look when they come together on the big screen.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “I’ve seen little bits and pieces through the process, and little grabs. It looks amazing. I saw some special effects stuff the other day that looks mind-blowing.”

source: mtv

PARK CITY, Utah — Two of the most exciting films coming out in 2011 are undoubtedly “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the last two individual Marvel comic book films to be released before “The Avengers” hits theaters in 2012. Since the reveal of the “Avengers” lineup at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, fans have been wondering how director Joss Whedon will bring together the many characters of the Marvel comic book universe into one succinct film.

Chris Hemsworth, who plays the titular Norse god in “Thor,” was at the Sundance Film Festival when MTV News caught up with him to talk about the upcoming films. He said that he has seen an early copy of the “Avengers” script, that it’s “incredible,” and it gave him a good sense of what he could expect to see for the film.

“Everything about the story and the comic books is huge. You have these huge, big superheroes and huge, big egos crammed into one small space,” Hemsworth said. “Reading the script, it was massive. Everything about it was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I said to Joss, I said, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to shoot this thing [laughs], but I’m excited to be onboard and let’s give it a go.”

Though he was a presenter at the Golden Globes alongside his fellow Avenger Chris Evans and saw Robert Downey Jr. there later in the night, Hemsworth said he and his castmates haven’t had a chance to chat about the film since the casting announcement in July. The cast (Hemsworth, Evans, Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) had a “very brief sort of, in amongst the madness, sort of introduction” at Comic-Con, Hemsworth said.

Despite that, Hemsworth teased that fans can expect “a hell of a lot of friction” between the many superheroes coming together in “The Avengers.” Though he acknowledged that Thor and the Hulk got into their fair share of tangles in the comic books (adding fuel to the rumor that the Avengers will be fighting the Hulk in the upcoming film), Hemsworth wouldn’t say for sure which Avenger would get on Thor’s bad side.

He was also playing mum on the rumor that Renner would be making a cameo appearance in “Thor” as Hawkeye. “Maybe,” he answered, with a twinkle in his eye. “I don’t know. I can’t deny or say I know anything.”

He did admit that he never saw Renner in costume on the set (so Hawkeye will appear but not in costume?), but then went on to say he never saw Renner on the “Thor” set at all.

“I don’t know if he’s in ‘Thor.’ I haven’t seen the cut yet, and he wasn’t on set when I was there, but he may be in the final one,” Hemsworth said with finality. “He’s certainly in ‘The Avengers.’ I had a chat with him at Comic-Con and he’s as excited as the rest of us.”

source: mtv

FROM SPLASH PAGE: Ever since Nick Fury uttered the phrase “the Avengers initiative” to Tony Stark at the end of the first “Iron Man,” fans have been waiting with bated breath to see ol’ Shellhead get together with Thor and Captain America on the silver screen. But there has been some skepticism as to how it would all work out — after all, Tony is a tech-based character while someone like Thor depends heavily on mysticism.

While we’re not necessarily closer to an answer on how well they’ll share the screen in “The Avengers,” we certainly have a much better idea about how the Thunder God is going to fit into cinemas next summer.

Marvel Entertainment and Yahoo have unveiled the highly anticipated trailer for “Thor,” director Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the classic Marvel Comics hero starring Chris Hemsworth — and needless to say, it looks like Marvel has captured lightning in a bottle once again.

source: moviesblog

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