BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – On the screen, Chris Hemsworth battles aliens as superhero Thor. But this day, his wounds are of the domestic variety.
“I was trying to grate ginger,” said the 30-year-old actor, holding up his right hand to display bandaged fingers. “The grater came apart, so I was positioning the blades back in and cut my fingers. I wish I could say I was rescuing some old lady who was being robbed. But, really, I was just cooking in the kitchen.”
In-person, Hemsworth’s robust frame is impressive. But, he’s not as massive as he appears on film.
“I don’t naturally sit at that weight,” he said of his on-screen appearance. “I spend four or five months eating protein and lifting weights. Then I spend months getting rid of it.”
His routine has definitely paid off. Overseas, Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” earned a summer blockbuster-like $109.4 million when it opened overseas last weekend. On Friday, the Marvel sequel hit domestic theaters, with predictions it could earn more than $95 million in North America alone, toppling the New Orleans-shot “Ender’s Game” from its No. 1 box-office spot.
“Each time these films continue to work — whether it be ‘Captain America,’ ‘Iron Man,’ or ‘Avengers’ — you think, ‘Oh god!’ You don’t want to drop the ball,” said Hemsworth. (Collectively, the Marvel Studios film franchises have made more than $12 billion worldwide). “I couldn’t be happier,” he added.
Contractually bound to one more “Thor” film and two more “Avengers” movies, Hemsworth will continue to reprise his role as the hammer-wielding hero.
“I’d do them for as long as they will have me,” he said. “I love being a part of this crazy ride that Marvel has set us all on. It’s opened up so many doors for me.”
In September, Hemsworth starred as Formula One racer James Hunt in the Ron Howard-directed “Rush.” The film — a box-office disappointment, in contrast to Hemsworth’s superhero movies — marked a new chapter in his movie career.
“‘Rush’ was a far more intimate setting,” the actor said in a recent interview as he tucking a few loose dirty-blond strands of hair under his fisherman hat. “All of the focus is on the story and the characters. You’re not competing with special effects and big stunts.”
Hemsworth’s work in “Rush” led to another role in a Howard picture: The upcoming “Heart of the Sea.” The period adventure film, based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” is currently filming in London. (AP)