Force feeder Chris Hemsworth

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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.

May 5th, 2011

Chris Hemsworth had to "force feed" himself to get in shape for 'Thor'.

The actor plays the titular role in the new movie but had to bulk up to portray the superhero and while he was fine with working out, he admits his diet was tough.

He said: "The most uncomfortable thing was the eating. I didn't mind the working out. I'd never really lifted weights to that capacity beforehand, and it was certainly a whole new education for a good six months. And, I just don't naturally sit at that weight, so I had to force feed myself with 20 chicken breasts, rice, steak and very boring, plain things. The most exhausting part of the whole film was the eating. It wasn't fun stuff either. It wasn't hamburgers and pizza, and what have you."

As well as getting into the role physically, Chris also made sure he was familiar with the character by reading lots of comic books.

He told "I started with the comic books. I didn't read all of them - there are 40 or 50 years worth - but I certainly read enough to get a sense of who he was and the world he was from. And then, I read some things on Norse mythology and the fatalistic view they have, that everything is pre-ordained. That would lead the Vikings into a fearless attitude in battle and with their lives. They would certainly back their opinions and they were not swayed easily. That spoke volumes to me about the character."