It was a bit of a shock for audiences to see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor suffering from depression in ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ and the actor has opened up as to how he prepared to play the character without having a chiseled physique. While some of it was played off with humor, we did get to see a completely vulnerable Thor who was questioning if he was still worthy of being the God of Thunder let alone the King of a fallen Asgard. Thankfully, the film was able to show us that those with depression and self-doubt are still worthy and in the end, deliver a positive message.
If you wondered how Hemsworth got into character for the part, there was quite a bit of work which needed to be done to get the look down:
“Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup. Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds. It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.”
While he was on set Hemsworth was referring to himself as “Lebowski Thor,” and it turns out the look wasn’t meant to last the entire movie. However, Hemsworth fought to keep it, sharing that “I enjoyed that version of Thor. It was so different than any other way I played the character.”
As to how his co-stars reacted to the suit:
“People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant. Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around.”
Did you enjoy how Chris Hemsworth tackled the role of Thor in ‘Avengers: Endgame’? Do you think that if he returns for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ that he’ll be back in shape or still recovering from the trauma of failing to stop Thanos? Are you happy that they were able to show us a superhero and God suffering the same way that mere mortals do regularly? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!