Chris Hemsworth May Regret Playing Hulk Hogan Following ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: Here’s Why
Chris Hemsworth has been intimately tied to the hammer swinging God of Thunder since he first donned the tight-skinned super suit in 2011’s Thor. Nearly a decade later, Hemsworth is still playing Thor, and he is set to star in the fourth installment titled Thor: Love and Thunder alongside former co-star Natalie Portman in 2021.
While Avengers: Endgame has come and gone, bidding farewell to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth is not entirely done playing the recently reinvented hero, who now boasts quite the funny bone. Hemsworth is set to provide the voice of Thor in What If… in 2021 as well. However, based on his IMDb profile, Hemsworth will walk away from the Avenger after Thor: Love and Thunder and step into the shoes of Hulk Hogan.
Hemsworth is set to take on the lead role in a Netflix biopic about the life and career of former pro-wrester Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea). While a release date has yet to be announced, it is the only project listed following Hemsworth’s turn in Thor: Love and Thunder. Based on what we know about Hulk Hogan himself, as well as the movie, this role may not be in Hemsworth’s best interest.
Why playing Hulk Hogan in an upcoming Netflix biopic may be a bad move for Chris Hemsworth
Before diving into what we know about the movie, let’s discuss what we know about Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan — though boasting a successful career — is not the most admirable of celebrities, and is an ardent Trump supporter. According to CBS News, Hulk Hogan reacted to Trump’s presidential win with the following statement:
Thank you God for the highly favored miracle, thank you for the shift and thank you for the truth.CBS
Playing a Trump supporter in a highly contentious political climate may not be the best of moves. Not to mention, the movie plans to focus on Hogan’s rise to fame, while excluding his infamous sex scandal.
Hulk Hogan’s sex scandal with his close friend’s then-wife — and his subsequent lawsuit against Gawker media — has characterized the recent years in the pro-wrestler’s life. Meaning, the filmic depiction will fail to tell a truthful story, opting instead to glamorize the life of someone who may not deserve a glamorous tribute.
While Hulk Hogan’s rise to fame may make for an interesting story, ending the tale right before it takes a turn to the dark side seems dishonest and lazy. Chris Hemsworth should be asked to show the nitty-gritty too; however, leaving this out may have something to do with the fact that Hogan is serving as an executive producer.
Chris Hemsworth is idolized for playing Thor; he has become one with a hero who fights the good fight. He is choosing to play Hulk Hogan.
The question is: Why is Hemsworth choosing to act in a film willing to exclude the parts of Hogan’s life that reveal his vulnerability, his weakness, and his negative attributes? Is the choice made at the expense of preserving Hogan’s image, or is Hemsworth merely playing into the safeguarding of Hogan’s ego? Either way, depending on the depiction, this film is bound to go one of two ways for Hemsworth.