This is one of my favorite interviews with Chris Hemsworth. I found it on Interviewmagazine.com. It’s not that long, but it has some nice gems, and if you go to the actual site you will also find some of those actor-y photos of Hemsworth. This interview is from post-filming and pre-release of Thor. There is no video or audio (there is an unrelated actor-y video of him there though). The interviewer had not yet been able to see the film, which explains why some of the questions are the way they are. Here are a couple of excerpts.
VAN METER: What bothers me about Thor is the same thing that irks me about Superman: he is just too damn super. At least he doesn’t have just one weakness like Superman with kryptonite. Is the new Thor as omnipotent? Or is he more complicated?
HEMSWORTH: His biggest challenges are his own personal demons and personality traits. He is a chip off the old block of his father. He has the tendency to think about problems in the form of destruction, or to act before he thinks, often with a fair amount of aggression. His journey is coming to terms with directing that passion in the right place and the responsibility of living up to expectations. And depending on what world he’s on and who he’s fighting, he certainly has people who are on the same level of strength who challenge him. But for us, it was about how to relate to someone with so much power, who is seemingly untouchable. I think there is a very human story in the center of it, about father and son and brother and brother.
Of course, I think they all did a great job of making these characters relatable. We haven’t really seen how (in)destructible the Asgardians are, but that’s not really what the film is about — it’s really an inner journey rather than about who can (physically) destroy whom. There is more inner destruction than outer. Even the fight scenes can be viewed as really about inner vs. outer destruction.
The thing I’m most curious about with regard to Thor 2 is what Thor’s journey will be now. We had two big character arcs in Thor — Thor was more or less at the bottom and found his way back up, while Loki started out with things more or less going his way and quickly sank lower and lower, to being a borderline nutcase (okay maybe not really but go with me here please) in The Avengers. So there’s an obvious option to go for with Loki, to see him somehow, in some way at least, redeemed, to make his way back up. But where does Thor go? His arc is portrayed as essentially completed with that lovely scene between him and Odin at the end. I’m really curious. I hope there *is* a character arc, otherwise I’m afraid Thor as a character won’t be very interesting — in other words we are right back at the interviewer’s question.
VAN METER: What is your hammer like in the film?
HEMSWORTH: It is a pretty impressive piece of equipment. It was quite heavy, so that helped with the stunts. If it was too light, you would swing it around like a toothpick and it wouldn’t look impressive. When there is some weight to it and you have to physically use your shoulder and back, it gives you a sense of power. I got very comfortable holding it. When I did the earthbound scenes without it, I felt naked.
Kind of a tiny little tidbit, but I really like it. I imagine that was an asset to his performance — because Thor would likely also feel naked without it, and without his Asgardian strength. I saw an interview somewhere with Jaimie Alexander in which she made a parallel comment, that it was helpful they’d filmed the Asgard scenes first, because then when they “came to Earth” in their costumes and such after having been in the grand Asgard sets they as actors felt that *lack* of grandeur in this little New Mexico town. (At least this is my best approximation based on what I recall she said.)