It looks as though Chris Hemsworth is suffering from superhero fatigue, after five years of suiting up as the Norse God in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He’s looking to hang up the hammer in the future in order to do a smaller project, something more ‘real and contemporary.’ Take from that what you will.
Referencing Hunstman: The Winter’s War co-star Charlize Theron’s 2003 drama Monster, which won her an Academy Award, Hemsworth told Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph (via Squareeyed); “The plan was to do something like that. I just couldn’t find the right thing. I definitely I have a yearning for something contemporary and real and simpler. That would be the focus.”
“Some things were close. It was like maybe … But you are much better off not working than doing the wrong thing,” he added.
In 2013, Hemsworth extended his acting chops and impressed critics with his role as British Formula One driver James Hunt in Ron Howard’s biopic Rush, so breaking out of the leading-man blockbuster mould may not be so difficult for him.
For now, Hemsworth still has (at least) one more Thorouting on his slate; starring alongside Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in the Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok.
“I still get a little bit nervous,” Hemsworth says of returning to the role. “I used to suffer from it quite badly when I first started out. It’s still there now but I sort of acknowledge it differently. I just accept that it’s going to be there and use the anxiety as a motivator.”
“It makes me work harder, makes sure I do more preparation so I don’t sit on set and that voice goes, you didn’t work hard enough, it’s going to fall apart. Luckily, we have a script a lot earlier than I had on either of the first two films.”
Thor: Ragnarok hits UK cinemas 27 October 2017.