Liam on his big day

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE -

Life as a dude was all the prepa­ra­tion Liam Hemsworth needed for his star­ring role in In­de­pen­dence Day: Resurgence.

The Aus­tralian plays the part of Jake Mor­ri­son, a hot­shot fighter pi­lot who ends up in exile on the moon af­ter pulling the wrong stunt in a train­ing ex­er­cise.

In real life, the lit­tle brother to Rush ac­tor Chris and Neigh­bours TV star Luke is a lit­tle more laid back. And that served him well for the role. On a re­cent low-key trip to Dubai he ex­plained how he pre­pared for the part. The 26-year-old laughed: “Well we’re fly­ing hy­brid alien-hu­man tech­nol­ogy in this film so there is re­ally no way of pre­par­ing apart from video games. I had a pretty deep un­der­stand­ing of that al­ready!

“And with the phys­i­cal as­pect, well there wasn’t a lot of phys­i­cal­ity to that role but I wanted to look as fit and healthy as a fighter pi­lot would.”

A big role in The Hunger Games fran­chise thrust Hemsworth into the spot­light. An A-lis­ter with le­gions of young fans, the pin-up is in great shape. The rou­tine that gets him in such good shape is sur­pris­ingly sim­ple - and re­fresh­ing. “My rou­tine varies when I’m not train­ing for a spe­cial part, but I’m not all that ex­treme. I grew up surf­ing so day-to-day, that would be my thing. If I’m not work­ing I’m try­ing to surf, that makes me a hap­pier and bet­ter per­son when I can get in the wa­ter at least once a day. It makes me a dif­fer­ent per­son, hap­pier, more con­tent and calm. That’s what I grew up do­ing in Aus­tralia and in Cal­i­for­nia, well I moved out of Los An­ge­les and now I’m re­ally near the beaches so I’ve got surf breaks all round.”

Any ques­tions about girl­friend Mi­ley Cyrus were strictly off lim­its, but what about his fa­mous sib­lings? Is there any ri­valry there be­tween the brothers? As you’d ex­pect from a surf dude with a back­ground in video games, it’s un­likely. He laughs: “There’s no ri­valry what­so­ever - me and my brothers are best friends.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally we will send each other a script and ask for opin­ion. Ear­lier in my ca­reer I went to Chris and Luke for ad­vice on au­di­tion­ing and work­ing on sets, the first few times i was do­ing it, but these days we are kind of do­ing our own thing. My whole fam­ily is very sup­port­ive.”

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