Thor almost looked a lot different. Or at least slightly different considering Chris and Liam Hemsworth have undeniably similar features — and what’s the difference when you slap on a blond wig? Before Chris landed his Marvel role, his little brother nearly scooped it out from underneath him. Talk about a sibling rivalry!
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Chris admitted that his initial audition for Thor didn’t go so well. However, things went a lot better for Liam, who had been selected for the final four. Drew Goddard and Avengers director Joss Whedon, who both worked with Chris on The Cabin In the Woods before landing Marvel projects of their own, were confused about how his little brother could make the cut but not him. “They said, ‘Why the hell aren’t you in the mix?’ And I said, ‘I didn’t get a callback,'” the actor told the publication. “And they were like, ‘This is crazy.’ And I was like, ‘If one of us gets it, that’s cool.’ And they were like, ‘No way. That should be you.’ And when casting opened back up, Joss called Ken [Branagh, casting director] and said, ‘Give Chris another shot.'”
Thanks to landing a role in the Avengers franchise, Chris has since been able to take on passion projects, or, as he told Vanity Fair, “A few films no one cares about.”