Ever since 2011, when he was first cast in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor,Chris Hemsworth has been dining out on the same anecdote: in a story worthy of Asgard itself, the elder Hemsworth had to beat out his younger, smaller, brunette brother Liam Hemsworth in order to claim the title of the Thunder God. At six-foot-three and blessed with golden, Norse-like hair, Chris Hemsworth seemed born to play Thor—but his road to Marvel fame was bumpy, and without the help of the entire Hemsworth family, it might be a different actor filling out that red cape.
Sitting down with Lynn Hirschberg for W, Hemsworth recently explained how his family got involved in his efforts to be worthy of Thor’s hammer. Having blown (in the actor’s words) the first audition with Branagh, Chris Hemsworth had to then watch his younger brother, Liam, get callback after callback for the part, which sparked some “sibling rivalry.” (The source of Hemsworth’s on-screen sibling rivalry, Tom Hiddleston, also famously got fairly far along in the audition process to play Thor. Thank goodness he landed Loki instead.)
When Liam ultimately didn’t get the role either, Chris tried again, recording another audition tape from a hotel room in Vancouver where he was shooting Cabin in the Woods with his future Avengers directorJoss Whedon. Whether Whedon had any influence over Hemsworth getting either the role or that second audition, the Australian actor is inclined to credit his mother, Leonie—who read Odin, the Anthony Hopkinspart, for him. “She must have nailed it, because it got me back in the room,” Hemsworth explains, adding that he was motivated, this time, by “frustration that my little brother had gotten further than me.”
Speaking with Vanity Fair’s Krista Smithback in 2015, Liam Hemsworth explained that he and his brother have shared a friendly lifelong rivalry. The Hunger Gamesalum recalled the time he flung a knife at his brother’s head; only the handle hit that god-like face, thank Odin. The Hemsworth brothers also got their respective starts on Australia’s two rival soaps—Neighbours andHome and Away.
But neither brother would have grown up to play out their rivalry on the public stage of Hollywood were it not for their mother, who surprisingly raised the two beefcake actors on a vegetarian diet. Chris Hemsworth would eventually pack on 20 extra pounds of muscle after he landed the part in order to convincingly pull off that golden god look.
Hemsworth got a hand from a member of his family one more time when filming 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. His leading lady, Natalie Portman, wasn’t available to re-shoot the final post-credits scene, in which Thor and Jane share a passionate kiss. Luckily, Hemsworth’s actress wife, Elsa Pataky (of the Fast and the Furiousfranchise fame) was on hand. “Let’s get her in, and she’s the same height,” Hemsworth recalls saying at the time, “and I won’t have to explain to her what I’ve been doing at work … having to kiss someone else.” Pataky threw on a Jane wig and costume, and passionately kissed her husband in the final frames of the movie. Nice work if you can get it.
Nice stuff, but this pic from Thor’s days as the reigning king of the Australian version of DWTS is the real treat here.
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Lorde Talks Surprises on the 'Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack
Lorde sat down with Billboard backstage at Lollapalooza to talk about her new gig curating The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 1 soundtrack. She couldn’t tell us much, but she hinted that we’d be super surprised by a few of her choices. “You’ll be like, what? I haven’t heard form them in ages… but in a great way.”
Oh, and she’s definitely a fan. Read on.
Billboard: Spearheading an entire soundtrack, especially for a film as hotly anticipated as Mockingjay, is a pretty tall order, especially for someone still early in their career.
Lorde: Yeah, I was just saying that I literally watched the second film (2013’s Catching Fire) in a movie theater in New Zealand like a year ago. And now I get to curate the soundtrack. It’s crazy.
How did it all come together?
It came to me through my publisher, who is always bringing me really cool, weird opportunities. He was like, do you want to do the end credits song for the film? And I said, “Oh yeah that would be awesome. Um … what are they doing for their soundtrack, just out of interest?” And he was like, “I don’t know I can find it out.” I was really keen to curate it. I had this idea that it would be really cool and I think I know what is the right sound for the project. So they were really into it and it just started happening. It’s really been my baby, which is awesome. It’s so rewarding, but it blows my mind that this massive studio has just handed the reigns over to a 17-year-old. I’ve literally been doing it by myself, contacting every artist, sorting everything out.
Can you tell us some other artists that are involved?
I don’t know if I want to tell you anything yet! It’s very new. But there are some people on there that you’re going to be super surprised by. You’ll be like, what? I haven’t heard form them in ages… but in a great way.
OK, we’ll stay in suspense. Was there anything specific about the Hunger Games series that attracted you to the project?
Yeah, I think there’s something about the Hunger Games that makes it a very modern-feeling blockbuster franchise. Often you get a heroine in a movie like that and they’re just not cool characters. They’re kind of sappy or kind of boring. But Jennifer (Lawrence) perfectly embodies Katniss Everdeen and you can’t not be interested in that character. She’s so smart and so tough and so brave, but she’s also like, I’m really confused and I don’t know which guy I want to date but like … hold on dude. There’s more important things to do than think about dating. I’ve got to save the world right now. It’s very fresh and modern which I like, but it’s also super youth based. It’s a good set of films.
Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay,' 'Weird Al' and New Music Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014
Pure Heroine, the haunting debut album that put Lorde on the international music map, is still less than 1 year old, but the raven-haired singer is carefully plotting some new moves. On July 31, one day before she hit the Lolla stage, word surfaced that Lorde is curating the soundtrack to Mockingjay Pt. 1, the next film in the epic Hunger Games franchise (set for release on Nov. 21).
The project will also find Lorde releasing her first original music since Pure Heronie hit the charts. What can we expect from Lorde’s cinematic endeavor, and what might this mean for more new projects — and new music — down the road? Billboard caught up with the teen queen after her triumphant Lollapalooza set to find out.