CHRIS HEMSWORTH BATTLES SEA CREATURES IN NEW ADVENTURE EPIC
We all should feel sorry for Chris Hemsworth. The poor fella can’t take a break.
While many men are dealing with thinning hair, Hemsworth has thick golden locks.
He also has a chiselled chin, is 190cm tall and possesses the muscles of the Norse god Thor, which comes in handy because Hollywood pays the Melbourne-born actor tens of millions of dollars to play the hammer-wielding superhero in Marvel blockbusters.
In fact, Forbes magazine estimated the 32-year-old Aussie earned $A37 million last year.
Oh yeah, the former Home and Away star is also doing it tough on the personal front.
He is married to Spanish beauty Elsa Pataky and they have three gorgeous children, three-year-old daughter India Rose and one year-old twin sons Tristan and Sasha.
On a recent morning Hemsworth was sitting in a Ritz-Carlton suite overlooking New York’s Central Park.
He was there to talk about his new movie directed by dual Oscar-winner Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea, but just hours earlier Hemsworth suffered another body blow.
People magazine announced he was no longer their Sexiest Man Alive.
David Beckham, the English soccer star, had usurped him.
“I was going to cancel the interview because you’re not the Sexiest Man Alive anymore,” I, perhaps a bit too bluntly, told Hemsworth.
“I was going to cancel it too,” he admits.
In what was probably another error in judgment, I tell him there’s a rumour Beckham is around the corner on Fifth Ave signing autographs.
“Is he?” Thor bristles, before adding some gossip.
“Yeah, he’s been holding up a banner outside my hotel to stalk me.” It’s all a joke, of course. Hemsworth, just like past Sexiest Men Alive winners George Clooney, Matt Damon and Hugh Jackman, couldn’t wait for their reign to expire.
“I tell you what, I thought, ‘Awesome, I don’t have to answer that question anymore’, but here we are talking about it still,” Hemsworth says.
True, I tell him, adding that the pressure will really be off when his little brother, Mr Hunger Games, Liam Hemsworth, steals the title from Beckham next year.
Yes, life is good for Hemsworth.
In the Heart of the Sea was a switch of gears for the actor. In the months leading up to each Thor or Avengers film he had to stack on 15kg of muscle, but in this film, set in 1820 and based on a true story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic tale Moby Dick, Hemsworth had to shed 15kg.
He plays Owen Chase, a veteran sailor forced to look after an inexperienced captain on a whaling expedition that turns fatal when their ship is destroyed by a massive rogue whale in the Pacific Ocean.
Hemsworth became fascinated by Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book on the voyage and a script written by Peter Morgan ( Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland).
While working on the 2013 Formula One biopic Rush, also written by Morgan, Hemsworth alerted Howard to the story.
“I was blown away by the whole experience of what these men went through and then I realised it was the origin story, or true events of what inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick,” Hemsworth says.
Howard was also hooked and liked the idea of again having Hemsworth as his leading man.
He was also impressed by the Australian’s ambition.
“He knows this is an opportunity in his life to try establish something he’ll be proud of,” Howard says.
“Not just this movie, but his career.
“In his mind nothing is really proven until you have done a decade of great work.
“He has that kind of mindset.”
In the Heart of the Sea opens today.
I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE EXPERIENCE OF WHAT THESE MEN WENT THROUGH ... THE TRUE EVENTS THAT INSPIRED MOBY DICK
Chris Hemsworth in his new film In the Heart of the Sea, based on the original story and true events that inspired Moby Dick.