Per­haps Chris Hemsworth should be done with it

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and just add the God of Thun­der as his mid­dle name, so of­ten is the word “Thor” in­serted within his name in sto­ries.

On Oc­to­ber 26, Aus­tralia’s big­gest male star will ap­pear for the fifth time as the Norse god in cin­e­matic form, this time in Thor: Rag­narok. Hemsworth him­self nearly brought Bris­bane to a stand­still when the movie was partly filmed there last year. He’ll play Thor yet again in Avengers: In­fin­ity War, planned to re­lease next year.

And while it’s oft re­marked that it is the role he was born to play – the in­tense blue eyes, the me­so­mor­phic physique, the deep, sonorous, sten­to­rian voice – Hemsworth may even­tu­ally want to be re­mem­bered for more than own­ing a comic-book hero on screen. But his suc­cess at play­ing the ath­letic, ‘age-ap­pro­pri­ate’ role – he’s just turned 34 – un­doubt­edly trans­formed him from Home And Away sta­ple to Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter in just a few short years. Made him so suc­cess­ful, in fact, he doesn’t even need to live in Los An­ge­les now, mov­ing his ac­tress wife Elsa Pataky and three young chil­dren back to Aus­tralia and the beachy life of By­ron Bay on the NSW north coast in 2015.

Van­ity Fair cover, Peo­ple ‘Sex­i­est Man Alive’, Tourism Aus­tralia global am­bas­sador, SNL host, TAG Heuer am­bas­sador and the face of Boss Bot­tled’s new ‘Man of Today’ cam­paign – Hemsworth’s grow­ing col­lec­tion of off-screen ac­co­lades and roles are tes­ta­ment to his pull. Apart from the ob­vi­ous phys­i­cal as­sets, part of his un­de­ni­able at­trac­tion is his ap­proach­a­bil­ity and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to ap­pear ‘nor­mal’. Co-stars al­most uni­formly talk about what a plea­sure he is to work with. He goes surf­ing with the lo­cals at Len­nox Point. He pub­licly de­clares his love for his wife. He joshes with his broth­ers Luke and Liam on so­cial me­dia, and tells the same tales on the chat show cir­cuit

‘There are plenty of days where I’m like, I don’t want to fight any­more.’

of their ram­bunc­tious up­bring­ing to­gether in Vic­to­ria and Arn­hem Land with undi­min­ished rel­ish each time he’s asked. He visits fan­girl of­fice work­ers in their cu­bi­cles for Ellen.

“I tried a lot of dif­fer­ent things and had a dif­fer­ent idea every week of what I wanted to do but the one thing I knew is that I wouldn’t set­tle for any­thing that didn’t make me truly happy,” Hemsworth told Karl Ste­fanovic for the Today Show ear­lier this year about his post-school am­bi­tions. “I wanted to do some­thing that I loved and this is it.

“I wanted to make movies, I wanted to come to Hol­ly­wood, I wanted to be part of things that in­spire me, I wanted to ex­ist in the fan­tasy world that books and movies cre­ated for me. But then there was the other side: you’re never go­ing to do it, you’re never go­ing to make it, it’s im­pos­si­ble.”

And de­spite telling in the past of how he was about to ditch Hol­ly­wood and head home af­ter “ev­ery­thing stopped” fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance as Ge­orge Kirk in JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek re­boot, Hemsworth did make it pos­si­ble from that point on – Thor, The Cabin In The Woods, Snow White And The Hunts­man and Rush.

It’s a stel­lar tra­jec­tory which he suc­cess­fully took the piss out of in his par­ody Amer­i­can Ex­press ad for Satur­day Night Live – “I bounced around Hol­ly­wood for… daaaays,” he faux com­plains, be­fore end­ing the piece with, “If a jacked Aus­tralian with a per­fect face can make it, any­one can.”

“There’s still the fear, the anx­i­ety that it could all end to­mor­row,” he’s said. “That’s al­ways in the back of my mind. It keeps me mo­ti­vated. The fear keeps me hun­gry.”

It ap­pears Chris Hemsworth has not much to fear at present. Apart from more Thor, there is Horse Sol­diers to come, an Afghanistan-set, post-septem­ber 11 spe­cial forces flick in which his wife Elsa also stars. Clearly Hemsworth’s big­gest chal­lenge will be ne­go­ti­at­ing an on­screen life af­ter play­ing comic book he­roes. He’s demon­strated his con­sid­er­able comedic chops in the afore­men­tioned Satur­day Night Live and also his turn as the dumb-but-pretty male sec­re­tary Kevin in the fe­male Ghost­busters re­boot last year, but does he have a Brad Pit­t­like The Cu­ri­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton or 12 Years A Slave in front of him?

He showed in In The Heart Of The Sea, where he shed his Thor physique for that of a half-starved sailor, that he can do the whole Method thing when re­quired. Now he just needs the right roles.

“I am look­ing for that script,” he told news. in 2015, “…there are plenty of days where I’m like, I don’t want to fight any­more.”

With an idyl­lic fam­ily life set up in one of Aus­tralia’s most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions, how­ever, it’s al­most equally easy to imag­ine Hemsworth bankrolling an early re­tire­ment with a few more block­busters be­fore turn­ing into a bona fide mid-40s beach bum and maybe buy­ing a north coast pub, John Cor­nell style.

“My wife and I talk about this all the time,” he told Today. “I want to go to work be­cause that’s my ca­reer but I also want to be home with the fam­ily. There’s that, where is home? At the mo­ment it’s Aus­tralia and I’ve gotta say, since mov­ing back, it’s be­come tougher to go back to work.”

‘There’s still the fear, the anx­i­ety that it could all end to­mor­row.’

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