The Spotlight: Chris Hemsworth explains new vulnerability of Thor, problems with the prior films and how Ragnarok is a 'clean slate'
How do you make a god more relatable?
That was the challenge for everyone involved in Marvel's upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok." Speaking about the excitement of re-inventing Thor, Chris Hemsworth says he feels like he's playing an entirely new character.
"I think the objective even years before we'd written the script was to change this film up in some way," Hemsworth told Flicks and the City. "It all started to feel a little familiar and predictable. I called [President of Marvel Studios]Kevin Feige and said we've got to do something different here. He agreed and was incredibly receptive and then we had Taika [Waititi] come on board who had the same attitude. It was about changing the aesthetic, the look, the hair, the hammer, the costume, the world that we're a part of. The universe, the music, everything.
"It felt like a clean slate, starting again and playing a new character. Which was hugely freeing and invigorating."
Stakes kind of go out the window when the audience is watching an immortal, chiseled viking god swing a hammer for two hours. Hemsworth assures this is a much different Thor in Ragnarok.
"I think there's a vulnerability and accessibility to him that wasn't there prior," said Hemsworth. "The first time I played the character was about playing a god and being ethereal and godlike. Speaking a certain way and moving a certain way. But the problem with that is then ... it's good for one film and then you sort of hit a ceiling and you have nowhere to go. So this film was about stripping that back and having a greater access to that vulnerability and relatability. He's one of us. He has his own problems. He has the same insecurities we all might have. Concerns and fears or whatever.
"So we did away with any sort of exterior confidence and he was almost on the back foot a lot of the time which is a lot more fun to play. There's a self-deprecating attitude and sense of humor that comes into play there."
Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters Nov. 2.
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