Chris Hemsworth Thor Q&A (C2E2)
Story and Photo by Thomas Braaksma
On Saturday, March 19, C2E2 brought out some of its biggest stars in the IGN Theater at McCormick Place. Among those stars was the up-and-coming Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, star of the soon-to-be-released live-action Thor movie. Marvel Studios held a Q&A with Hemsworth to go over Thor, as well as some of his past and upcoming projects.
The panel introduced a lot of the fans to Hemsworth, who is most notable for his role as Captain Kirk’s father in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film. Hemsworth started the panel by touching on the process of making Thor and the surprising amount of humor actually worked into the film.
That being said, how might one get into shape to play a god on earth? Hemsworth explained that there was a lot of plain chicken in his diet and that he had to talk to a nutritionist to watch what he ate. There was also a good amount of reading the comics to research the character, as well as preparing for the Avengers movie.
And before the fan Q&A started, Hemsworth touched on his upcoming remake of Red Dawn, which he stated would follow the original closely. He also said he was working on Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon — who is also directing The Avengers — describing it as “The Truman Show meets Night of the Living Dead.”
The fan Q&A brought a bunch of laughs to the panel, including getting Hemsworth to yell out “For Asgard!” for one certainly pleased fan. Chris handled the “what other comic character would you like to play” by brushing it off and replying, “Good question. I’ll have to think about that.” He also stated his love for being a part of the Star Trek film and praise for his Oscar-winning co-star Natalie Portman.
It turned out to be a great look into the star who will be picking up the hammer in May to portray a classic Marvel character. He might seem like a less popular character to the world, but if Hemsworth can deliver, it seems like Thor might be able to take off with a wider audience.
Thor is set to be released on May 6, 2011.
For more info, thor.marvel.com