Chris Hemsworth Nearly Lost His Thor Role to Brother Liam
Posted 2017/09/15 0 0
Chris Hemsworth has revealed how he almost didn't land the role because of his own younger brother.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third film within the Thor series (as well as Chris Hemsworth’s fifth feature film starring as the character), but his place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t always a safe bet. Hemsworth describes in a new interview with W Magazine, he very nearly lost the role, to his younger brother, Liam. Here’s Chris’ full quote on almost losing the role to Liam:
“I remembered reading the breakdown for Thor and it said, “Must be over 6’3” and 200 pounds,’ and so on. I thought, ‘Oh cool. This is the one thing that sort of fits me.’ Most of the time, I’d have to lie about my height and say I was a little shorter and so on. I’d only get cast or auditioned for the football player or something. So I thought, ‘Great. This is up my alley.’ I came into the audition with Kenneth Branagh and thought I nailed it and then never heard anything back. Months went by and then my brother, my little brother, Liam, was in Australia and sent a tape across and he got a call back, then another call back and then was down to the last kind of four or five people for it. I remember sitting in Vancouver, shooting Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. Both of them were looking at the trades at this sort of top five guys for Thor and saying, ‘Why aren’t you in the mix here? What happened?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I blew my audition I guess.’ None of those guys got it. My manager then called up and said, ‘You know, he’s got an older brother. Can we bring him back in?’ So I did an audition in Vancouver in this hotel room with my mum reading Anthony Hopkins’ part. She must have nailed it because it got me back in the room and that second audition was a lot different than my first one. I came in kind of with a little, I guess, motivation and maybe frustration that my little brother had gotten further than me. It’s a little family, sibling rivalry sort of kicked up in me. Then it moved pretty quick from there. It was cool,” Chris said.
After working together on Cabin in the Woods with the film’s writer/producer Whedon – and following Whedon’s curiosity as to why someone of Hemsworth’s stature and talent wouldn’t be considered for the role – their connection ended up becoming almost serendipitous. Two years after filming Cabin, Whedon was brought on to direct The Avengers, pairing up the actor and director for a second time.
Now eight years later, Chris Hemsworth is getting ready to bring his Thor franchise to a close with Thor: Ragnarok, which is slated to hit theaters on November 3, where he'll square off with his "friend from work" The Incredible Hulk. Thor and Hulk will both return to Earth for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, which will close out Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with several Marvel heroes expected to be killed off in both movies. Whether or not Thor is one of them remains to be seen, but it's interesting that it almost was another Hemsworth entirely in the role.