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Thor The Dark World – Chris Hemsworth and brotherly competition

We catch up with  Chris Hemsworth who has been doing the press rounds relating to this weeks release of Thor The Dark World.

For Thor The Dark World Chris is playing Thor for the third time and tells of the difference there is now that the trust has been build up with the other actors. He also talks about his brothers and how they have informed his interactions with Loki 

Having worked together now on a number of films, are you’re free to experiment because there is a trust between you as actors.

Thor: The Dark World - Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth
Thor: The Dark World – Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ©2013 Marvel

Chris: Sure, there’s certainly a shorthand we have. This being the third film we’ve shot together now, we we’re able to pick up where we left off. We have developed a great friendship along the way.

From the beginning, we were lucky. We just had a chemistry and the same kind of enthusiasm.

I look forward to is being able to ask the questions that Thor and Loki haven’t really had the acute focus to do as yet.

You’ve got two brothers and I just wondered whether you find that there’s lots of competition between the Hemsworth brothers?

Chris: Uh, neither of them ever attempted to take over the universe just yet!

We’re competitive as siblings are in everything from sport to who’s controlling the remote control watching TV.

All three of us understand the sort of frailty and inconsistency of the work so we help each other with auditions and always have in whatever scripts we’re working on. You’re not in direct competition anyway.

It’s more of a kind of team effort with this than anything else.

Do draw on your relationship with them to inform your interactions with Loki?

Chris: Yeah, sure.

You understand what it’s like to have that kind of love-hate sort of thing, and-and you’d do anything for them, but at the same time, the simplest things can annoy you.

I certainly try and draw from whatever experiences I’ve been through or empathize with frustration towards one’s sibling.

You recently called Britain the new Hollywood as a place to film. What’s it like compared to filming in Hollywood?  How different is it filming in the UK?

Thor: The Dark World - Chris Hemsworth
Thor: The Dark World – London, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ©2013 Marvel

Chris: The interesting thing about Hollywood is I don’t know that a lot of stuff gets shot there anymore.

[In the UK] there’s brilliant locations to take advantage of. I love the aesthetic this film has, We get to see London. Most of these films are set with sort of New York or an American city is the backdrop.

I love that difference and I do love shooting here.

How do you feel you’ve developed as an actor from the first film to now?

Chris: For every film, I look back and go, “Oh, okay, now-now-now I get it.”  And then I start the next one and go, “Oh, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.”

It’s nice to be able to approach a character again, and for the third time, attack it in a different way with a different director, and have a whole new bag of ideas and influences and ways to approach it.

I think I grew up as a person as well, as you do through time, so it was nice to have a more mature Thor who was less petulant and arrogant.

That translates into him understanding the darker side the throne and that responsibility and the sacrifices. It was fun to play with.

What did you find to hook yourself as actors into grounding your performances and trying to stay true to your characters?

Thor: The Dark World - Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins
Thor: The Dark World – Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) ©2013 Marvel, photo by Jay Maidment

Chris: Yeah. I remember, Hopkins, said something to me the first day on set, on Thor 1 as we walked in our outfits, and he has the eye patch and the whole thing, and on to the sets.

He looked at me, and said, “Uh, so no acting required here.” I always remember that, and think, like, “Yeah, don’t compete with it.” You know, like, keep it simple, and it already sells a lot of the work for you.