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STRIPLV: What kind of strategy did you have to shake things up when it came to Thor’s universe? HEMSWORTH: We wanted to give things a unique feel and go in a new direction. I think we did as much as we could with the way Thor evolved in the previous films and so we tried to improvise a lot more this time around. The tone is different, and we’ve tried to push the envelope more. So far the response we’ve (from fans who have seen the trailer) has been incredible. STRIPLV: How do you reflect back on your time thus far as Thor and what you’re hoping to take the character in the future? HEMSWORTH: I’ve played this character five times, and for me personally I got a bit bored with myself. We agreed that if we were going to make a third Thor, we had to experiment and take it to the next level. So we knew we had to change his world and what you’re going to see is a very different Thor. STRIPLV: So it’s you and Mark together again, do you miss the other Avengers? HEMSWORTH: No. It’s retribution. Pure retribution. They all went off to do Civil War, and we weren’t invited. So we got together and have made what is probably going to be the biggest Marvel movie ever. I hope. (Laughs). I remember doing the press for Age of Ultron and just kept hearing Downey and Chris Evans and Scarlett saying, “Civil War, Civil War” while Mark and I were kicking dust on the sides. STRIPLV: Well who cares, you have Cate Blanchett on your team. HEMSWORTH: I got to work opposite Cate Blanchett. The Cate Blanchett. Where do you begin? STRIPLV: Were you scared by the prospect? HEMSWORTH: This wasn’t, yeah there’s no way to prepare yourself, I was shaking. My heart was going. And she was coming in as a newcomer, I’ve worked with these big names before but I don’t know, when it comes to Cate, she’s revered. Maybe it’s an Australian thing. STRIPLV: I think it’s a world thing. HEMSWORTH: Yeah, it’s a world thing, what am I saying? STRIPLV: But she’s so chilled and normal. HEMSWORTH: Seriously, she’s the most down to earth soul there is. Respectful to everyone, there to do the work, no bull. When someone is that elevated on a professional level, you can encounter less than ideal behavior. Cate couldn’t be further away from that. STRIPLV: There’s also a big combat fight sequence between you and Mark Ruffalo reappearing as The Hulk. HEMSWORTH: Thor gets his ass kicked in this film - mainly by Mark Ruffalo’s character (The Hulk). STRIPLV: You and Mark seem to get along famously. Was it like that on the set of Thor? HEMSWORTH: Mark and I always have fun together. We also got to see The Hulk in a very different situation where he’s a champion and a hero in this new world and that sets the stage for our fight. STRIPLV: So whose diva behavior have you encountered? HEMSWORTH: I don’t like to say, but I think it’s worth putting out there, Mark Ruffalo’s the biggest diva there is. And Chris Evans. Those guys are the worst. Outlandish demands, the not looking them in the eye stuff. The worst. You didn’t hear it from me. (Laughs) STRIPLV: Were you disappointed to lose the hair? HEMSWORTH: The hair was my idea. Who says Thor can’t get a haircut? He needs to change it up like the rest of us. I was sick of the hair, I had it on five movies, so I put the foot down and said, “the hair’s going. Thor needs a makeover.” And by the grace of whoever, the studio and Taika agreed with me. And it made sense; he’s getting old, his hair would start to thin a little. A lot in this instance. That’s what happens to Norse gods. (Laughs) They’re not completely infallible. STRIPLV: Thor goes through a lot of changes, the hair, the hammer, was all that intentional? HEMSWORTH: I would have been really bored if we went down the same path, so you know, losing the hammer, losing the hair, it’s thrown him for a loop, shaken things up, made it compelling for everyone involved. Including me. I mean, you know, I don’t want to get myself in trouble here by saying anything sensitive but everything I had done previously as Thor, was starting to feel a little, a little familiar and had we stayed very blinkered on this path, I don’t know how much more enthusiasm I would have. It’s like anything you work on; variety keeps it interesting. And Taika has taken this machine and reenergized and tinkered away and delivered what I think is a very unique, never seen before movie in the Marvel universe. It’s good to take a chance and risk it all. Otherwise, what’s the point? STRIPLV: He loves an improv session? HEMSWORTH: There was a sickeningly brilliant diet for improvisation on set. It was infectious the more it happened. But the best came from this young guy, Darcy, who was visiting the set from the Make a Wish Foundation. What became the norm between everyone during takes was shouting ideas at each other and during the coliseum piece between Hulk and me, Darcy shouts, you should say “I know him, he’s a friend from work.” Bang in there, the best line in the whole movie. STRIPLV: That’s amazing! HEMSWORTH: And it’s a really funny line, easily the funniest line amongst a ton of hilarious lines that makes this Thor stand out from the others. And Taika brings his really unique funny edge to it after the sort of well-spoken, Shakespearean slant we already did with the first and second movies. It gave us a lot more freedom than we had before. STRIPLV: You’re filming Infinity War right now, but do you know when you’re done— officially done with Thor? HEMSWORTH: I do know. My contract has an expiry date, yes, but quite honestly, after the amazing time we had on this one, and if you lot buy enough tickets, I think a fourth one could be in the works. A fifth one. You never know. STRIPLV: Was shooting in Australia all you too? HEMSWORTH: I did push for Australia. Proudly, I will admit that. The last one we did, I was doing press there and kept getting, when are you going to bring Marvel here? And it made sense; we have the resources, the locations, it has it all and selfishly, it worked out perfectly, being able to be home every night. STRIPLV: Elsa and the kids must have been happy? HEMSWORTH: I’m a father, I’m a husband, I want to be there with my family in our family home, not dragging them halfway around the world, it’s too disruptive on everybody. So if I can angle for that on each job, I’m gonna go for it. STRIPLV: How long would it take you to get home each evening? HEMSWORTH: About 40 minutes. It was the best. Well, it was the best until I’d walk through the door in the evening and Elsa throws me the cloth and says, “dishes aren’t going to do themselves.” (Laughs) STRIPLV: You worked together recently with Elsa, what was that like? HEMSWORTH: That was beautiful. She’s a terrific actress, and it was nice, even for that one week in Albuquerque to share that passion we have for acting and the job and share that together and not have the distractions of family life and kids jumping on you from every direction. That was a really special experience. STRIPLV: Are your kids big Thor fans? HEMSWORTH: They love him, but only when they’re watching the films. With all the effects and looks as real as one of these movies can. But when they come on set, they’re pretty unimpressed. They see it’s all fake. They hate it; they never want to come on set again. (Laughs) Although they’re happy to come to the Avengers, set when Chris Evans is there, especially my son Sasha. He says to him, he loves Captain America, “up up” and Chris is walking around with him all day. He’s the greatest free babysitter a dad can ask for. Highly recommend. My other son, he loves Thor. He won’t let me or his mom cut his hair, which I’m quite delighted by. And my little girl, she loves Wonder Woman. Well, they all love Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman rules my household. She’s my favorite superhero. STRIPLV: What about a Thor/Wonder Woman combo? HEMSWORTH: If the studios can blend that together, Thor and Wonder Woman, they share the same values and the same love of metal breastplates. (Laughs) STRIPLV: Speaking of breastplates, you had to take yours off again for the all obligatory shirtless scene. Wasn’t that something you were hoping to avoid? HEMSWORTH: Yeah, that was what I was most pumped about, that there was no shirt off scene in this one, and I could have a gym holiday. For the most part. But then Taika says to me; “I think we need one.” And I’m like, “No we don’t, it’ s been done before, we said we weren’t going to repeat ourselves.” And he’s like, “Well we aren’t, but you’re taking the shirt off. Go to the gym now! This is not going to be the first Thor movie that bombs just because people are pissed they didn’t get to see your muscles!” (Laughs) I made a huge mistake the first time around with Ken Branagh. I set a precedent that’s impossible to maintain. I trained for eight months for him, really went for it. And now I have to keep that up. I want to keep my clothes on. Firmly on. (Laughs) STRIPLV: Part of the mystique surrounding Thor is his powerful physique. We saw you get emaciated a few years ago when you played a starving seaman in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. How do you go from that look to bulking up again for Thor: Ragnarok?

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