“There’s a lot of pressure with something that has existed for so many years before you were involved and already has a fan base,” Hemsworth says of shrugging into the metal bodysuit of Thor.
“But, you don’t let that affect the way you approach the film. For me, you do it as well as you can whatever it is, whether it’s a small film or whether it’s something like this here. But it’s as exciting and daunting as each other.”
Before Thor, Hemsworth’s most high profile role lasted mere minutes. He appeared in the opening scene of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, playing the doomed father of future Captain Kirk. Thor, though, would be a whole new kettle of fish. Or chicken breasts.
“It was a lot of protein shakes and chicken breast, a lot of calories, a lot of food, a lot of working out and trying to get as much rest as you can,” Hemsworth says of preparing for the role.
“That’s the other 1/3 of the equation. I put on 20 pounds and lost a lot of it since shooting purely from not eating that amount.” Now he needed a love interest...