How Playing Thor Rescued Chris Hemsworth’s Professional Life

Chris Hemsworth is so cool and collected in public appearances nowadays, he’s basically become the epitome of chill and confidence as an actor. It ultimately belies a fight of confidence under the surface just a decade ago when starting in the industry. As he’s noted in interviews, he once battled anxiety about being an actor.

Chris Hemsworth
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This just goes to show you that what you see outwardly isn’t always the complete story, even for a famous person. For Hemsworth, Thor was basically a professional rescue so he could turn his acting career into what he envisioned.

Take a minute to learn how important playing this Marvel superhero was in the beginning. Perhaps it’ll play a factor again if other acting projects don’t bring sustained success.

Chris Hemsworth’s fear of not being a real actor

When you step back ten years, you’ll find Hemsworth just arriving in America after only acting on Australian TV. His acting skills were entirely natural as well with no major training to land A-list parts here. There was also a definite desire from childhood to want to become an actor and pay off his parents’ house.

He was given a fortunate chance by an independent film director/producer (Stephen Milburn Anderson) for the film Ca$h. Anderson liked Hemsworth’s audition, giving the latter a push in the right direction. It helped Hemsworth land the brief role of George Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

After that, though, we’ve learned he had a very tough time finding any confidence level at auditions. Some major roles were up for grabs, yet Hemsworth felt like he couldn’t live up to expectations. His problems with anxiety contributed to his auditions falling apart and ultimately losing roles ranging from G.I. Joe to playing Gambit in the X-Men Wolverine movie.

At the same time, these losses were hurting his bank account An audition to play Thor came at just the right time, while almost losing the role to his younger brother, Liam. Talk about a singular role helping you professionally and probably psychologically based solely on sibling rivalry.

Playing Thor was obviously fun, but also a career healer

Whenever Hemsworth talks about playing Thor for nine years, he always admits how much fun he had with each of the cast members. Perhaps it was more fun than most actors typically experience, hence why he still talks glowingly about playing Thor.

Had it not have been for Hemsworth pushing Kevin Feige to do more with the character, we probably wouldn’t have seen the more comedic side nurtured later. One thing we’ve realized is Hemsworth loves doing comedy. He does it well when there’s a good script.

Having a chance to see a pot-bellied, bearded Thor in Ragnarok went completely beyond the norms of typical superheroes, paving the way for other superhero comedies.

We’ve contended we need more superhero movies like this. In the mind of Hemsworth, he really doesn’t want this side of Thor to go away completely considering it helped him overcome all his professional obstacles.

Should Hemsworth revisit Thor after his Hollywood break?

Most of you probably know Chris Hemsworth will be taking a break from making movies for about a year to spend time with his family. He likely has a lot to ruminate about, especially with Men in Black: International not doing well at the box office. While Hemsworth has a lot of future projects in the works (including a Hulk Hogan biopic), he’s mentioned he wouldn’t mind going back to revisit Thor.

There isn’t a doubt what he started in Ragnarok should be expanded upon. Though, MCU will likely focus on other superheroes through Phase Four.

What happens if Hemsworth’s other cinematic efforts don’t do as well as expected? Returning to playing Thor might be the best bet for him psychologically again. Even if it becomes a crutch to keep box office fortunes maintained.

Playing Thor into middle age could be one of the most innovative superhero efforts ever done, no matter if it takes a lot of convincing to make it happen.