Thor en­ters the dark world

Mighty Avenger grows up as he steps into new role and proves he un­der­stands his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

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AUS­TRALIAN ac­tor Chris Hemsworth reprises the role of Thor for the third time in Thor: The Dark World. In this lat­est ad­ven­ture, Hemsworth is back in all his glory, look­ing ev­ery bit like the Mighty Avenger that au­di­ences have come to idolise. Hemsworth says of his re­turn: “I love play­ing the char­ac­ter. The trick is to find new ways to make the char­ac­ter have some sort of ad­vance or growth from the last film. Each time we get to break him down and find his hu­man qual­i­ties and his vul­ner­a­ble side, it’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause he has such a tough ex­te­rior and an un­break­able feel.”

In Thor: The Dark World, Thor’s char­ac­ter arc con­tin­ues, ex­plor­ing the frac­tured re­la­tion­ship be­tween Loki and Thor, and Thor’s re­la­tion­ship with Jane.

But Hemsworth says: “The big­ger pic­ture is that po­ten­tially Thor is step­ping into the role of king, and he needs to prove that he de­serves to be there, and also un­der­stand and come to terms with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that be­com­ing king car­ries. He fig­ures out that it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily come with all the priv­i­leges – there are a lot of sac­ri­fices. It’s that next step in his evo­lu­tion to be­come king.

“There was less ha­tred in­volved. We get to a place in this one where there’s more of that this time around again. Thor gets to ask Loki what this is all about and how they got to this point in their re­la­tion­ship.

“Thor is able to con­front Loki and say: ‘It’s about time that you recog­nise your role in this. You know, it wasn’t all ev­ery­one else’s fault’. In The Avengers it was us yelling at each other and butting heads, and that hap­pens a bit in this, too. But for the most part it’s a far more in­ter­est­ing dy­namic.”

Hemsworth has noth­ing but praise for fel­low cast mem­ber Tom Hid­dle­ston, who plays the schem­ing Loki. “Tom brings so much to the part – peo­ple love that char­ac­ter. He brought such em­pa­thy to Loki that au­di­ences were con­flicted. He’s the vil­lain but we kind of love him. Any time you can do that, it makes it so much more in­ter­est­ing. Some of my favourite scenes are with Tom in ev­ery film we’ve done.”

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Thor and Jane Foster also gets put to the test when the two re­unite.

Hemsworth ex­plains the ten­sion be­tween the two: “Jane’s been won­der­ing where the hell he is and where the hell he’s been, and why he hasn’t con­tacted her since he left. She comes to un­der­stand that he’s been sav­ing the uni­verse, so that’s not a bad ex­cuse. But the two of them have to fig­ure out whether or not this is a re­al­is­tic re­la­tion­ship.”

This film is the first time Hemsworth has worked with direc­tor Alan Tay­lor. He de­scribes Tay­lor’s ap­proach to the ma­te­rial: “Alan’s fan­tas­tic. He’s got a great sense of story and a need to find the truth in this and not have it be hokey and ridicu­lous. Very much like the Game of Thrones se­ries, which was where Alan had just come from, there was ground­ing in re­al­ity no mat­ter how myth­i­cal the world got. As­gard does look like a place you could visit. There’s a sort of me­dieval feel, but there’s also a science-fic­tion qual­ity to it.”

De­spite its se­ri­ous over­tones and fierce ac­tion, Thor: The Dark World doesn’t lack for comedic mo­ments. Hemsworth says: “The hu­mour doesn’t lay so much in Thor’s kind of naiveté as it did in the first one when that fish-out-of-wa­ter qual­ity played so well. As much as we wanted to re­peat that we couldn’t be­cause it would con­tra­dict the fact that he was now be­com­ing more ma­ture and aware. But Kat Den­nings and Natalie Port­man cer­tainly have a ton of hu­mour in this and some great di­a­logue. It’s through their ob­ser­va­tions of how wacky our world of As­gard is. So, it’s sort of what we had in the first one, but a bit of a role re­ver­sal.”

● Thor: The Dark World is out now.

Thor: The Dark World. PIC­TURE: AP

HAPPY MO­MENT: Natalie Port­man as Jane Foster and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in

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