Chris Hemsworth: 'Acting talent on Thor was ridiculous'

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Kenneth Branagh directs one of 2011's most successful films in this epic fantasy action adventure based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the title name. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor's father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to Earth, where he's forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Thor's new home, he learns what it takes to be a true hero. Rounding out the superb cast of Thor are actors Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo & Stellan Skarsgard.

April 13th, 2011

Chris Hemsworth found his experience on 'Thor' "ridiculous".

The Australian actor plays the titular character in the Marvel comic book adaptation, but found the role difficult to grapple with because of the heavyweight stars in the film - including Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins - and his own background in a soap in his native country.

He said: "It was ridiculous. Going from kissing Natalie Portman to working with Anthony Hopkins - the whole experience was like, "What the f**k am I doing here?" But in a good way. It literally seemed like last week I was still working on 'Home and Away'."

However, the hunk enjoyed the project because he was always evolving his character.

He told Australia's GQ magazine: "I had never had anyone push me in so many different directions or places that Ken did with my character. Instead of trying to track, 'This is who he is and this is what we do', we'd try one thing and say, 'Great, we've got that, now let's give this a go.' By doing that you constantly go, 'I didn't think of that, but I could use that here.'

"It was a constant evolution, which is a freer way to work. We weren't on this tightrope of, 'Oh f**k, don't do that, only do this.'"