It is very difficult to think of Chris Hemsworth without immediately picturing the God of Thunder, Thor. The Australian actor has worked hard for this legendary role and he deserves all the credit he gets for it. With ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ set to be released in 2022, we will keep seeing plenty of Thor.
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The success of the Thor films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole has been huge. What started with Iron Man back in 2008 spawned another 22 films in what is now known as Marvel’s Infinity Saga.
The MCU has also made an impact on the gaming world with a number of releases in recent years. The biggest successes have been Marvel’s Spiderman and Marvel’s Avengers. The latter videogame gives players the opportunity to play as their favourite heroes, with Thor having a starring role. While the voice actor for Thor isn’t Hemsworth himself, it’s obvious that every effort has been made so the videogame character sounds as similar to the movie counterpart as possible, showing just how iconic Hemsworth is in the role. Hemsworth’s portrayal of the character has become so acclaimed that it has influenced other industries too. For example, the movie Avengers: Infinity War was the source of inspiration for the slots game Thor Infinity Reels, playable at Genesis casino, which adopts the fantasy Norse theme with visuals that do justice to Hemsworth’s role as Thor. However, the actor has played some other great roles throughout his acting career that have nothing to do with the Marvel Universe, and down below we will focus on those, in no particular order.
Star Trek (2009)
This is the role that has drawn attention to Hemsworth’s acting capabilities. The film was a huge hit, but unfortunately Hemsworth’s character Capt. George Kirk, the father of James T. Kirk, the main character of the series, dies on the ship right at the beginning of the movie. The honorable Captain decides to sacrifice himself for the wellbeing of his team, but not before delivering a speech in a spectacular manner that connects and creates a bond with the audience. Although the actor didn’t get much screen time, his potential was well observed by those working in the industry.
Here we see Hemsworth in another supernatural franchise, but this time fighting against ghosts, rather than aliens and intergalactic civilizations. This hilarious remake features an all-female ghost-catching team, consisting of great comedians like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The four women decide to start a ghost-catching business in New York City, but, just like any other business, someone needs to deal with the phone calls and the papers. This is where Hemsworth’s , yet incompetent, character steps in. His take on being a secretary is incredibly comical and although he is not a main character, he ties the story together.
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Moving onto something a little bit different with this neo-noir thriller film from director and writer Drew Goddard, where seven strangers with dark secrets check in at the same hotel. Even though Hemsworth is not playing any of the seven, his character manages to stand out the most in a fashion that you wouldn’t expect to see him. For this role, he plays the charming and alluring leader of a cult with plenty of followers. There are plenty of clever twists and shocking turns throughout the film and it is definitely worth watching for its smart plot and Hemsworth’s unusual performance.
Chirs Hemsworth has been part of many projects, from comedies to thrillers and action films, and his acting portfolio is more varied than playing the demigod Thor. He has played more roles than we might expect, with a filmography that accounts for 25 roles. Hemsworth’s most notable performances outside of the Marvel Universe have been discussed above, but other notable mentions include Rush (2013) and The Cabin In The Woods (2011).