“It Has An Indiana Jones Feel…”
Chris Hemsworth is The Huntsman
How do you compare this sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman?
We wanted it to be lighter and more fun, with more sense of adventure. The first one I’m proud of, but it was very heavy, serious and dark. We’re getting away from that. The script is funnier and lighter. The visuals, the colours, the aesthetic is all brighter. It reminds me of Willow, or has an Indiana Jones feel to it, hopefully.
Is it true you enticed Jessica Chastain to come on board at the Critics’ Choice awards?
Yeah! I remember the first thing she said was, “Do I get to kick ass?” I said, “Hey if you’re interested, we’ll make sure that happens.” And she’s been fantastic. When she was first in conversations, when Emily Blunt was in conversations, when Charlize was in conversations to come back, I thought, “God, if we pull this off, that’s hugely exciting.”
It’s very female- driven. Did that appeal and would you consider yourself a feminist?
Oh yeah, for sure. My mum’s a big feminist! That’s another thing I thought was great tonally: the strength of it was in these three women and their performances, the heart and soul that they blended through these characters.
Do you see any comparison between the Huntsman and Thor at all?
Not really... someone like Thor, everything is polished, heroic and big. He may be fighting a big villain, but you know he’s probably going to win. On this we’re trying to have the opposite; have him a lot more vulnerable and susceptible to losing. Also he’s not a god; he’s much more grounded and human which is a nice change.