HUNTER IN QUEST
After filming the new Huntsman follow-up, Chris Hemsworth wants to drop the superhero cape and take on some more ordinary roles
Playing a strapping Norse god comes fairly naturally to Chris Hemsworth. The role of a virile, axe-wielding Huntsman isn’t too much of a stretch, either.
But the 1.9m-tall Hollywood star has yet to bag a more ordinary, everyday sort of character.
Which is why he spent the time he had off between wrapping on The Huntsman: Winter’s War, in the middle of last year, and beginning preparation for Thor: Ragnarok this month searching for a smaller project to work on.
Something not unlike his
The Huntsman: Winter’s War co-star Charlize Theron’s lowbudget 2003 drama Monster, for which she won an Oscar.
“The plan was to do something like that. I just couldn’t find the right thing,’’ says Hemsworth, who is keen to bust out of the mythic, superhero mould with something a little more, well, earthy.
“I definitely have a yearning for something contemporary and real and simpler. That would be the focus.”
In the absence of the perfect role to downsize into, he is concentrating on making the most of the opportunities that come his way.
“Anyone finishes a film and sees the end result and goes: ‘oh, I wish I had done this or that differently’. Or ‘that worked but I could have made that funnier or more in-depth’.
“For me ( Winter’s War) is an opportunity to do exactly that. I had a great time on the first film but tonally it got into a very dark, heavy place and lost a bit of the humour that I thought was going to be there.”
Another big draw was the cast. In the spin-off, Hemsworth stars opposite three of the best actors working today: Theron, reprising her role as the evil Raveena, Emily Blunt, who plays Raveena’s sister, the Ice Queen, and Jessica Chastain, as The Huntsman’s perfect match Sara.
“I didn’t want to be alone to carry the thing,’’ says Hemsworth. “I far more enjoy the ensemble setup, where you are pushed by one another in the best possible way.”
He has already begun training for Thor: Ragnarok, which is scheduled to begin filming on the Gold Coast in June.
Chris Hemsworth wants to do ‘something contemporary’.