What Chris Hemsworth Loved and Hated About Playing Fat Thor in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Most Thor fans were certainly surprised to see the Marvel character put on a few pounds in Avengers: Endgame and Chris Hemsworth admits there were some challenges but it was also a lot of fun playing the character a lot less buff than everyone is familiar with.

Chris Hemsworth at World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame"
Chris Hemsworth | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Fat Thor involved hours of hair, makeup, and prosthetics

Getting that more robust, overweight Thor took a bit of time to achieve, as Hemsworth told Variety it took three hours of hair, makeup and the application of prosthetics. Certain scenes involving the extra prosthetics when he’s shirtless required Hemsworth to carry “about 90 pounds.”

He explained: “I enjoyed that version of Thor. It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.”

“Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup,” he said, adding, “Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds.”

The “Lebowski Thor” look wasn’t all fun, as the actor explained, “It was certainly exhausting,” and also required the use of weights on his hands and ankles so he could mimic the movement of a heavier person as he “shuffled along through the set.”

There were some benefits of playing the heavier Thor

Despite the literal weight he had to carry around, Hemsworth did admit there was some fun to be had as he suddenly became even more loveable.

He explained, “People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant.” He added: “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.”

It did give him some perspective on what it’s like to be a pregnant woman, as he noted: “And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly. ‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”

What’s next for Hemsworth?

Hemsworth shed his Lebowski Thor and will be back to buff alongside Tessa Thompson in this summer’s Men In Black: International, opening on June 14.

The actor also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of paying Thor again, telling Variety he’s open to it: “I’d still love to do more, to be honest. And I don’t know what the plan is. I feel like we’ve opened up such a different character. I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go. But I’ll use that in other places and other characters if it’s the end here.”

Hemsworth was almost part of X-Men instead of Avengers

Can you imagine Hemsworth not playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? During the interview he discussed some of the roles he didn’t land when he was trying to mae it in Hollywood — one of which was the part of Gambit in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

He shared: “I got very close to G.I. Joe. I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine X-Men movies. At the time I was upset. I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”

Thank you, universe.