Chris Hemsworth Assumes Responsibility for the Lackluster Performance of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: ‘I Got Carried Away with the Spontaneity and Absurdity’ and ‘Became a Mockery of My Own Character’

In the May 2024 issue of Vanity Fair, Chris Hemsworth opens up about his thoughts on Marvel fans and their desire for another “Thor” movie. The actor acknowledges the disappointment surrounding “Thor: Love and Thunder” released in 2022 and believes that fans deserve a better experience. He previously admitted in an interview with GQ that the fourth standalone “Thor” film was overly silly, and this misstep continues to linger in his mind.

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“I found myself immersed in the improvisation and the eccentricity, and I ended up becoming a caricature of my own self,” Hemsworth confessed to Vanity Fair. “I didn’t quite achieve the desired outcome.”

Chris Hemsworth expressed his gratitude for his career-defining role as Thor. However, he confessed that he grew frustrated with the character after portraying him in four standalone Marvel films and several “Avengers” movies.

Hemsworth admitted that at times, he felt like a security guard for the team. He would read his co-stars’ lines and couldn’t help but notice how much cooler and more enjoyable their scenes seemed compared to his own. He often wondered what his character was really doing in the grand scheme of things. Despite being part of such a massive production, he couldn’t shake the feeling that he was easily replaceable.

Robert Downey Jr., who has worked closely with Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dismisses any doubts about the actor’s ability to portray Thor. Downey emphasizes that adapting the character was a challenging task due to the implied limitations, but Hemsworth, with the guidance of director Ken Branagh, managed to transcend those limitations. Downey goes on to praise Hemsworth, stating that he believes the actor possesses the most complex psyche among the Avengers. He acknowledges Hemsworth’s wit, gravitas, and the unique combination of restraint, fire, and gentleness that he brings to the role.

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Thor transformed Hemsworth into a prominent, muscular Hollywood action hero, a path he has continued to dominate through films like Netflix’s “Extraction” series. However, the actor aspires for more, expressing his desire to venture beyond the action genre and collaborate with esteemed dramatic filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, Greta Gerwig, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth disclosed that Darren Aronofsky, who produces his adventure documentary series “Limitless,” is currently developing two potential projects specifically tailored for him. One is a dark comedy, while the other is a sci-fi endeavor.

Chris Hemsworth is set to take on the role of the villain in George Miller’s highly anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel film, titled “Furiosa.” According to Hemsworth himself, this role is his favorite since his lead role in Ron Howard’s 2013 racing film, “Rush.”

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“Being cast in a role that broke away from the stereotypical image of the strong action hero was a transformative experience for Hemsworth. Ron, the director, offered him the opportunity to portray a character with depth and complexity. Reflecting on the moment, Hemsworth recalls feeling a sense of excitement and anticipation, realizing that this role had the potential to revolutionize his career.”

According to Hemsworth, he expressed his excitement for getting another opportunity to showcase more than his “muscly action guy” persona in “Furiosa.” He mentioned that it had been a long wait for him. During the filming of the movie, Hemsworth was going through an existential crisis, as the constant demands of his career were wearing him down.

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Chris Hemsworth revealed that he had been pushing himself too hard, driven by an obsession to build his career. The constant pressure had left him exhausted and worried about everything. Even things that used to bring him joy no longer held the same appeal. Juggling back-to-back movies, press tours, marriage, and three young children took a toll on him. He found himself running on empty, questioning his choices and feeling overlooked for certain roles. Hemsworth had reached a point where he was taking everything too seriously and personally.

Chris Hemsworth’s passion for acting was reignited with the film “Furiosa.” While it remains uncertain when he will reprise his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hemsworth is eager to deliver a “Thor” movie that truly satisfies fans. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he expressed his uncertainty about the duration of his tenure as Thor, suggesting that a potential “Thor 5” would need to possess an element of unpredictability.

“I don’t want to keep playing the same character until people get tired and start rolling their eyes whenever they see me on screen,” Hemsworth expressed. “If the audience is still interested and if there’s an exciting and fun story to tell, then that’s great. I’ve enjoyed exploring different versions of the character in the past. I don’t have the solution yet, but I would be thrilled to find a way to reinvent the character once again and make it more unpredictable.”

The highly anticipated film “Furiosa” is scheduled to make its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Following its debut, the movie will be released in theaters across the country on May 24, courtesy of Warner Bros. If you’re curious to learn more about the film, head over to Vanity Fair’s website for a comprehensive cover story featuring Hemsworth’s insights.

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