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CHRIS HEMSWORTH BAT­TLES SEA CREA­TURES IN NEW AD­VEN­TURE EPIC

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - PETER MITCHELL

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.

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