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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY/MOVIES - The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War opens today VICKY ROACH

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’.

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