Excitement has been building for The Avengers (which hits theatres on May 4, 2012) and I would like to say that there are none more eager to see it than me. To commemorate the gigantic blockbuster movie that is bound to set the new bar for superhero films, I’m going to be doing a weekly profile on the actors who will be filling (and have filled) the shoes of some of our favorite Marvel heroes… and villains.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Chris is the middle child of three boys (Liam, younger and Luke, older), his family spent a great deal of time travelling around the area before eventually settling on Phillips Island. He was raised in a small Aboriginal community in the Outback, called Bulman where his mother, Leonie was a teacer and his father, Craig was a social-services counselor. In 2004, he auditioned for the role of Robbie Hunter in the popular Australian soap opera, Home and Away (1988), but did not get it. Instead, they asked him back to read for the role of Kim Hyde, which he played until 2007. At the height of his success on the show, he appeared on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars, where he was the fifth contestant to be eliminated. His first film shot in the United States, CA$H was actually released after his follow up films, Star Trek (2009) and A Perfect Getaway (2009). In 2010, he received the coveted GQ Australia ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ award.
With all this praise surrounding him, it shouldn’t be too surprising that he was selected to portray Thor in the Marvel Studios blockbuster and since then, he has several films lined up for release or to be filmed in the next few years. While incredibly handsome and extremely built, Hemsworth is also very talented. Not even the age of 30, he has a very bright future ahead of him.
We may have never seen Chris on the big screen portraying the might God of Thunder as his brother Liam had originally been approached to star in the film (don’t feel bad for him, he went on to play Gale in The Hunger Games, 2012). In the end, director Kenneth Branagh chose Chris to star in the movie and with the success of the first Thor (2011) film, it’s unlikely that he regrets it. The 28 year old actor embodies all of the aspects of Thor. From the arrogant and war hungry son of Odin, betrayed brother, to the humbled hero, Hemsworth manages to find a balance without it coming across as cliched.
Want to see more of what she’s capable? Below, I’ve included a couple of his films that I think everyone should see.
Newest Release: Cabin in the Woods
Best Known For: Thor
Must Watch: Ca$h
What’s Next? Red Dawn, Thor 2, Snow White and the Huntsman