Thor Ragnarok - Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Thor has literally been shorn of things, including his hair. How does he react to this stripping away of vanity, from the hair to his wardrobe and more?

CH: It’s part of the insanity, all of the conflict and the disharmony of the world he’s in. His physical appearance altered due to that, too. I think it is also paralleled by his journey, who he is in the world and how he thinks he fits in with this new version of him.

It’s funny, because we talked about this a long time ago – the hair – partly because it’s an hour in make-up during the morning, and we can fuckin’ shave that off the schedule as well.

One of the great things about the Marvel movies at this point is that you can take different characters and pair them off, and the dynamics are different, it’s fun.  But also it’s very revealing about a character. You touched a little bit on the Hulk, but what does being teamed up with Hulk in this movie reveal about Thor?

CH: Well, it gave us an opportunity to do anything we wanted with our relationship. Because me and Mark on set were like, “Have we ever even spoken on screen?”

You gave him shit in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

CH: I give him shit, a little bit.

The screams of the damned…

CH: That’s right, yeah. And he punches me in the face in the first one. The Avengers stuff is hard because it’s not very personal. There’s seven of you in a room and you have to get across all this information that feels expositional.  So it’s hard to really have a dynamic. Obviously Tony and Cap have a lot of one-on-one screen time.

I’d always felt like I don’t have that as much, and that’s when you get to really have fun. As I said, we just went for it in this, and there’s a nice kind of love-hate relationship there. A lovely kind of pairing. Very early on I was saying, “Let’s do something like Butch and Sundance and pair ‘em up and go on a road trip. There’s elements of that in there, too.

I was curious what your reaction was when Taika Waititi presented your debut in that short film of you and your buddy.

CH: Yeah, I was really excited.  I was excited because this is very different from what we’ve done before. The world and that mockumentary style sort of shooting and tone is right up his alley. It’s something I hadn’t done a lot of, so I thought we’re in safe hands. It felt like a nice rehearsal to the film, because from that, it was a day or two shoot, we went, “Oh okay, that worked, we can do more of that,” or “That one, we’ll pull that out.” Then we can come into the film with that energy, even moreso than if we’d done a week’s rehearsal, because we put it one film and it really set the tone.

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So did you shoot that before the production of the film start?

CH: Yeah, it was like a month before.

He tweeted something that seemed like it was maybe cut from that, where it was the hammer on a toilet. Was that actually shot for the mockumentary or…

CH: Nah, he just did that. That’s just part of his daily antics. He also likes to change his outfits. You’ll notice the outfits change after three or four hours. It’s like, “Did you have that on this morning?” And he’s like, “No, different mood, different outfit.”

Aside from the humor, what else is Taika Waititi bringing to the table that’s different from the first two movies?

CH: I don’t know, I think the first film had a lot of heart and fun and conflict. I guess he’s just very smart about saying, “Okay what’s the bigger picture here? What’s driving him from now until the end of the film? Why are we gonna wanna get on that train with him and keep going?”

If it’s a dramatic scene or a scene where we’re trying to build suspense, it’s, “What else can we do with it? Yes, that’s what’s on the page, but what if we said this? What if we tried that?” There’s a certain fearlessness to his directing, which a lot of people don’t bring to these films, especially this size of a film.

In the Marvel universe, there’s the approach of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” sort of thing. Is that the expression? Doesn’t sound right. Anyway, I think then it becomes safe, you stick to keeping it within the box. Sohe’s constantly experimenting and trying to squeeze more heart, add a bit more suspense, more humor, more everything, as opposed to going, “This is the version I think works, let’s just try and do fifty takes of that.”

That’s when it gets repetitive. And then you have nothing to cut. You get in the edit room and it’s like, “I wish we’d tried this or that,” and you didn’t. We sort of leave it all out on the field, which is nice.


That’s all for our interview with Chris Hemsworth from the set of Thor: Ragnarok. For more about the movie, check out our full set visit report and also our full interview with director Taika Waititi. Stay tuned later this week for our full interviews with co-stars Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston as well.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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