Here's Why Chris Hemsworth Almost Passed on Playing Thor

With Thor: Ragnarok almost in theaters, Chris Hemsworth looks back and recalls why he almost passed up on playing the God of Thunder.

Chris Hemsworth talks candidly about the reason why he almost turned down the offer to play Thor, explaining the multi-picture deal initially scared him. It's hard to imagine a Marvel Cinematic Universe without its principal cast. But unlike Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who had several other big-screen projects before becoming Iron Man and Captain America, the Austrailian actor was relatively new to Hollywood before he nabbed the part of the God of Thunder -- beating his young brother Liam in the process. On his fifth turn as the character and third standalone film, Thor: Ragnarok, Hemsworth fondly looks back at a time when he was genuinely unsure whether to take the part or not.

As he reinvents Thor and his solo films with the help of director Taika Waititi, this is arguably the most fans have been excited for a God of Thunder adventure, especially with Bruce Banner/The Hulk tagging along. The look and the feel of the film seem remarkably different from the character's first two outings, giving viewers something new to look forward to.


Counting the days until the film is available in theaters, Hemsworth goes down memory lane and opens up about wanting to opt out on the gig soon after learning the part was his. While speaking The Sydney Morning Herald during the promotional rounds for Ragnarok, the actor has some surprising things to say about the decision that significantly changed his Hollywood career:

"I was crossing the road in Vancouver ... and I remember the exact moment getting a call from from my lawyer and my manager saying 'You got the offer.' And then kind of going 'Oh wow, cool. So what is it?' 'It's a superhero thing and it's a six-picture deal.' And we were like 'that's a lot of films to sign up for. We should pass on this.'"

Looking at it now, it would have been a missed opportunity if Hemsworth ultimately turned down the role. especially with how much fan affinity the character now has outside of his original comic book followers. But it's not unusual for actors to feel uncomfortable in immediately committing to a multi-picture deal, especially when fan reception is uncertain. Evans famously also had the same woes before he was eventually cajoled by Downey Jr. to take the part as Captain America.

Speaking of deals, if Hemsworth's original six-picture contract still stands, that means that he only has one more MCU outing left on his deal after the upcoming threequel. We know that he is going to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, as he is the link between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Earth's Mightiest Heroes. After that, however, his fate as the franchise's God of Thunder remains unknown. Deaths have been promised to some of the core characters in the next two Avengers films and with Thor: Ragnarok effectively capping the Asgardian's standalone trilogy, who knows what the future lies for the demigod.


Source: Sydney Morning Herald 

Key Release Dates
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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