Thor, God of Thunder, God of Hunks for all that matters. At 6” 3” he walks onto the screen with commanding presence, his size and physique overwhelming the senses. In the trailer recently shown at Comic Con in San Diego, the second his shirt comes off in one scene a collective gasp and then ecstatic yelling from the audience says it all. We love thumbslots.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, 27-year-old Chris Hemsworth comes with a family of actors, his brothers Luke and Liam (The Last Song). He was notably in the longstanding Australian soap opera “Home and Away” (which also featured Heath Ledger and Julian McMahon at different times) as Kim Hyde, attaining him the Australian TV Silver Logie award for Best New Talent. In 2004 he was nominated as Best Actor by UK magazine Inside Soap, crowned “Best Hottie” by U.S. Nickelodeon network, and “King of Teen” by Aussie teen magazine Dolly.
In 2009 his U.S. film debut cast him as Captain James T. Kirk’s father, George, in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, the film based on the 1960s television series. Albeit a brief role, he stood out as a believable father figure for Chris Pine’s lead character. In the same year, A Perfect Getaway came out with Timothy Olyphant (another Ones2Watch4 hottie) and Milla Jovovich, showcasing Chris as an ambiguous roughneck hitchhiker. It is also in A Perfect Getaway where Chris begins to show his natural talent (sans shirt) for looking like a mythical god.
This year the quirky psychological thriller film Cash was released and is available on DVD. Chris stars as Sam Phelan who stumbles into a lot of cash, drawing sinister Pyke Kubic (Sean Bean) to his reality. With his casual handsomeness and delivery, Chris draws you into his character and allows you to forgive him quite easily for what he does in the film.
Watch out for Chris as the lead in the remake of the 1984 cult classic Red Dawn. He also appears in The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon’s (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comedic horror film, as Curt Vaughan. The release dates for both these films are tentative as both are affected by the MGM financial crisis.
2011 will deliver the blockbuster Thor with Chris in the title role along with Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Shot with beautiful cinematography and classic lines, this epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mythological Norse realm of Asgard. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Frankenstein, Love’s Labour’s Lost), the story centers on the mighty Thor, with his belt Megingjard that doubles his already considerable strength and his lightning powered hammer Mjollnir. As a Norse mythical god, Thor is cast down to Earth as punishment and becomes a hero protecting Earth from invasion by the evil forces of Asgard.
In a recent interview with MTV news, Chris explains how Mike Tyson inspired his movements on the set:
“First, we looked at the comic books and the posturing, the way Thor moves and fights, and a lot of his power seems to be drawn up through the ground.”
“We talked about boxers, you know, Mike Tyson, very low to the ground and big open chest and big shoulder swings and very sort of brutal but graceful at the same time, and then as we shot stuff things became easier.”
“The costume’s pretty limiting with the movement, so I had a lot of things to work around!”
In 2012 Thor will also appear in The Avengers, with other superheroes Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, and Nick Fury. That should be a guaranteed eye candy experience.
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