Chris Hemsworth Talks Thor's iPod, Ray LaMontagne and Raekwon and "The Avengers"
Sun, 01 May 2011 10:57:02
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If you're going to roam around with a giant hammer smashing frost giants to bits you need the right soundtrack.
About what might be on Thor's mythical iPod, star Chris Hemsworth immediately laughs, "I'd have to say "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC makes the most literal sense!"
With Angus Young's classic lead line, the song could propel Thor into just about any battle against anyone or anything. Hemsworth definitely creates a real "rock n' roll superhero" within Thor too. He's got long hair, a giant hammer, and a whole lot of attitude. In fact, watching Thor is like watching an Iron Maiden tune come to life. In other words, it's all kinds of awesome.
Chris Hemsworth sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about the film, his own playlist, some favorite movies, heroes, memories, and more.
For you, is the film more about growing up than anything else?
Absolutely! There's a big family relationship. It's about maturity, humility, learning your place in the world, how you fit in, and how you're going to walk your path.
Do you ever listen to music to get into character?
Not really! I tend to have a pretty wide range of music depending on my mood. Occasionally, I'll put the headphones on and try to get in a certain place. I listen to all different stuff from hip hop to acoustic folky things to a bit of rock.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, The Pharcyde, Raekwon, Wolfmother, Muse, Van Morrison, and I could go on [Laughs].The last Ray LaMontagne record was great. I've seen him live a few times. I actually saw him and David Gray play together.
Who would be on Thor's iPod?
AC/DC has got it!
Growing up, were there any heroes you wanted to emulate?
I don't know specifically which comic books or films. There were a lot of different films I saw and books I read which I loved that had a fantasy or adventure aspect. In terms of heroes, my dad was certainly someone I admired. We had very similar personalities and often we'd clash at times but I greatly respected how both of my parents raised us, traveled with us, and showed us things.
Was it important to balance Thor's emotional journey within this action-packed landscape?
Walking in knowing Ken was going to direct, I knew that was going to be something he would be very focused on. It was going to be very character-driven. To be able to take the character in a very arrogant direction and try to win the audience back and have some vulnerability, it's a tougher sell, but there's a bigger payoff if you succeed. It was really fun to explore that. Amongst it, there are also the action sequence which represent who he is.
Do you have a favorite summer movie?
I can't remember what season it was, whether it was summer or not, but films like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, and that adventure come to mind. Then there was The Lord of the Rings a few years later obviously. I loved those films, and I read the books as a kid.
What's next for you?
We're doing The Avengers in about a week or so. They all come together—Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor. It's an attempt to form an alliance, and it's conflict the whole way through.
Will you be seeing Thor on Friday May 6, 2011?
Check out our review of Thor here!
Check out our playlist from Anthony Hopkins here!
Video of this interview coming soon!