Liam on his big day
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.”