This December 2012 interview is one of my favorites with Chris Hemsworth. He doesn’t talk about acting and his characters the way Tom Hiddleston does, so I tend to be more interested overall in Hiddleston’s interviews. But, you know, he has a different background from Hiddleston, Hiddleston was trained in college to talk about this kind of stuff really, in a very analytic kind of way, so it makes sense. But here’s a great example of Hemsworth very much thinking about his character in that story-telling and even literary sense.
And it made me very happy because it’s what I was wondering about, too. Story-wise I sort of feel bad for the character of Thor because after Thor (the movie), he’s had an arc that sort of started in the middle (the way Thor’s always been, we presume) and that gets resolved by the end (in Branagh’s words in another interview, he goes “from a thoughtless man to a thoughtful man”). So it’s kind of like, The End. Whereas with Loki we’ve seen the end of who he was, and he’s sort of newly created, but there’s no resolution — where will he go now? What will he do next? Will he be good or evil…and how far down the evil road is he willing to go? Can the relationships with his family be repaired? Etc. Etc. Etc. So many questions! What’s the question about Thor? I guess you could ask, will he work things out with Jane? But that seems kind of dull amidst the massive drama of who Loki is now.
Anyway, here’s what Hemsworth had to say about it:
It becomes more difficult at this point. ‘Thor 1’ was the origin story and he starts off as the brash child and ends as the hero; the danger then is, where does he go from there? If he doesn’t change, he’s gonna become boring. How do you break him down again to rebuild him and have some sort of arc, some sort of journey?
As much as I love (and am, okay, obsessed with) Loki, Thor is a really interesting character, too, and I’m looking forward to what kind of arc they give him in The Dark World.
Other topics discussed in the interview: the more “organic” look of Asgard and the movie, and Branagh giving him direction to get him into Thor’s brash arrogant state of mind (which he says is very different from his personality) by telling him to imagine he’s out surfing or playing football with his brothers having a blast.