While we’ve seen images of Chris Hemsworth as Thor already, the footage shown at the Marvel movies panel featured the actor in action as the film’s title character — and so much more. When MTV News snagged some time with Hemsworth, we asked him about the character’s iconic look.
“I put the costume on for the first time and had the camera test and Anthony Hopkins was there with me,” he told MTV News. “We looked at each other and he said, ’God, there’s no acting required here, is there?'”
“It sells the picture,” he continued, “and you can’t feel like anything but that character when you put that thing on.”
According to Hemsworth, the significance of the moment wasn’t lost on him, either.
“There’s a very iconic sort of moment for myself putting it on,” he said, “but a lot of people who have been involved with the comics and the stories for years just said, ’Wow, this is it.'”
Hemsworth also described the various iterations of Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer, created for the film — as well as the importance of his character losing it.
“There were a few different versions for different shots — the closeup one, and the stunt one,” he said. “The main one was very heavy, a beautifully polished, metal, wood, leather-looking thing. It was an impressive thing. You feel naked without it after holding it for a while.”
“That was the transition of coming to Earth, as Thor minus his powers and costume was very much a fish out of water,” he explained. “It probably helped for the story, because he’s meant to feel that way.”
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