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May 15 2010

Chris Hemsworth on The Avengers - 'I sat down with Joss recently'. He thinks the movie is "going to be a hell of a ride".

At this rate Joss will be officially confirmed as the director after the movie comes out.

They did the same thing with Chris Evans as Captain America and Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull.Marvel and Paramount didn't issue a press release confirming them for like a month/ month and half after it was already all over the interweb.
I thought the Hugo Weaving confirmation came pretty quickly? ...Granted I might just be assuming that it was official at some point.

And I suppose there's vaguely a possibility that Hemsworth was referring to their past interactions if any on Cabin.

They've totally finished filming his parts of Thor though? I'm surprised that only one image has been released so far then. I don't think I even remember any leaked ones other than some sort of metaly thing.
(sigh) Wish they would say something, we've been dancing on pins and needles here like 'ever. Still, it will be a major "whoohoo" if and when the offical word is released.

Also, a great interview of Chris Hensworth. "Thor" sounds like it may be pretty good.
Joss will be announced as the director when Avengers 2 is green lit.
I don't think he will ever be announced as director. The movie will come out and his name will be all over it and there will still be no word from Marvel Studios about who they chose for director.
That page managed to not just crash my browser but freeze up my entire computer. Can anyone sum up what was said?
I'm guessing the contract hasn't been finalised yet. Or maybe they just don't want to detract attention from the other Marvel movies that have yet to come out before it. Anyway, cool. Especially if the Fillion report is accurate (PERFECT casting for Hank Pym).
orangewaxlion - They wrapped second unit on the entire film two weeks ago, and wrapped principal photography on the entire film last thursday; not just his part. Some of the crew have already gone to England to begin filming Captain America at Elstree Studios.

They are very secretive, and aggressively track down picture-takers, though I'm sure some photos do exist. ;)
This was a fantastic interview. Usually these red carpet things are all fluff, but that was great. Chris seems extremely genuine and I can't wait to see him in CitW and Thor (and the Avengers of course).
Reprint from website of interview:
Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Australians in Film 6th Annual Breakthrough Awards Red Carpet.
Chris Hemsworth – Breakthrough Award Winner and Star of Thor

The costume looks amazing. How did it look when you first tried it on? What did you think?
Chris Hemsworth: "Oh, it was crazy. I remember the first camera test and putting it on and going, 'Oh my god,' and then everyone who came and looked at it was like, 'Wow, this is a monumental sort of moment.' And standing in it was a very odd experience, you know? But it was beautiful. I mean, Alex Byrne designed the costume and they spent I think almost two years kind of leading up and building that thing and setting it up. It really paid off. The thing is incredible. It's not very comfortable, but…"

How can you move in that?

Chris Hemsworth: "You can't, really. We broke a lot of them. It's pretty restrictive. But it it's such a picture. Anthony Hopkins said to me in the camera test, we were both looking at each other's costumes and he said, 'God, there's no acting required here, is there?' And I thought, 'Absolutely.'"

Being cast as Thor, that's a huge weight on your shoulders. There are so many people expecting a lot out of you. How do you handle that?

Chris Hemsworth: "You know, I just finished – I wrapped on last Thursday – and I've been involved in that for eight, nine months, actually longer since I found out about it and the lead up, and the whole time it felt like I was kind of treading water to keep my head above water and not think about it. And then now I'm sort of sinking under, going, 'Wow, what a crazy experience.' But there was such a support group in that film. A lot of the producers have written comic books, written Thor comics. You've got Kenneth Branagh who's just a genius. And then Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard…it's just an exceptional cast."

I was talking to Ray Stevenson and the word he kept saying over and over again was 'epic'. Does that describe what it was like on the set?

Chris Hemsworth: "Yeah, incredibly epic. That's funny. I kept saying epic when I came onto the film and they were all giving me digs about it."

Is there any particular scene that you're really looking forward to fans being able to see?

Chris Hemsworth: "Oh god, I mean the whole thing. The action sequences in this, Andy Armstrong and Vic Armstrong – the geniuses who have been doing stunts in this business for 20 or 30 years – did the stunts on this, and I've never seen anything like what they set up and all the stunt guys what they put together, wire gags but then also real hand-to-hand sort of combat. I mean incredible sets. Bo Welch built these sets and we hardly used any green screen. There were these big recreations of Asgard, this sort of sci-fi, Viking mixture."

So when you walk on a set like that, you actually feel like you're in…

Chris Hemsworth: "Oh, absolutely. The combination of the costumes and the sets it was like literally the work was done for you in a lot of ways, you know? It was sort of about less, less."

And are you ready for The Avengers?

Chris Hemsworth: "Look, I just sat down with the Marvel guys and Joss Whedon recently and talked about it. It starts next January, I think, or February, around that time we start shooting. And I think it's going to be a hell of a ride. When you bring in Iron Man and Captain America and whoever else they wrangle from the Marvel universe, it's going to be a hell of a film."

Are you going to stay in shape in between the films?

Chris Hemsworth: "Yeah, yeah. I'm not going to eat too much pizza and let myself go too much. A couple of weeks and then I'll sweat it off and get back into it."

I have to ask this as being a non-Thor person, am I going to understand the movie?

Chris Hemsworth: "Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. I mean none of us were… You know, I didn't grow up reading comic books and neither did Kenneth Branagh. So what we worked on was, yeah, we pay all the respect due to where its origin is, but also create a film about real people, real characters, and relationships between fathers and sons – Odin and Loki and Thor and the turmoil that exists there and what have you. That was what it always came down to. It simplified it. Yes, we have this amazing backdrop and the world of comics, but it was about people."

My camera person would kill me if I didn't ask you – the hammer, what's it like?

Chris Hemsworth: "It's incredible. I tried to steal it but they wouldn't let me. It's a beautiful piece of design, equipment, whatever… What would you call it? Weapon. No, it's incredible. It looks just like what they have in the comics with the engravings from Asgard."
Camera crew, you didn't stay for the end of Iron Man 2 if you want to see the hammer.

During the Iron Man movie I responded with the hammer/penis line, then I was able to conclued the movie night with same joke as they showed the hammer (after credits)
Thank the gods my friends had watched Dr. H, the geeks behind me did not get it.
"Chris Hemsworth: "Look, I just sat down with the Marvel guys and Joss Whedon recently and talked about it. It starts next January, I think, or February, around that time we start shooting. And I think it's going to be a hell of a ride. When you bring in Iron Man and Captain America and whoever else they wrangle from the Marvel universe, it's going to be a hell of a film.""

Well, I have to say that including Joss in preproduction meetings certainly sounds like he is going to be the director. Dare I actually hope??
Sounds like a given that Joss is directing ... (Strokes lucky rabbit's foot that has the four leaf clover glued to it which is conveniently located at the end of the rainbow on top of the leprechaun's pot of gold).
You forgot the horseshoe.
Looking forward to the Thor movie. l'm pulling for Joss l know the Avengers will be a hit.
Well put TOASTERslayer. I'm in 100% agreement. :)
Must admit i'm not particularly excited about 'Thor' (not a big Marvel reader and the little i've seen of the character hasn't done much for me) but Branagh knows his stuff and this guy seems into it so it could be cool.

And the cat seems so out of the bag re: Avengers that i'm surprised they haven't got something out there, the innertubes have totally stolen any thunder the announcement may have had.

(although I suppose it's still possible Joss is just acting as some sort of creative consultant what with him being Marvel boy par excellence)

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