Believe it or not, Chris Hemsworth wasn’t always sold on playing Marvel’s Thor. In fact, so close did the star come to turning down the iconic role that even his agent and lawyer were advising him against the long-term commitment.
That’s according to the man himself, who spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald about his decision to take up the mantle of Marvel’s God of Thunder;
“I was crossing the road in Vancouver … and I remember the exact moment getting a call from from my lawyer and my manager saying ‘You got the offer.’ And then kind of going ‘Oh wow, cool. So what is it?’ ‘It’s a superhero thing and it’s a six-picture deal.’ And we were like ‘that’s a lot of films to sign up for. We should pass on this.’”
It’s amazing to think that Hemsworth almost turned down such a popular role. To be fair, it’s not hard to see why a six-movie deal would be a huge ask. Back in 2008, the idea of cinematic universes and shared movie continuity was very much in its infancy – for a young actor trying to break into Hollywood’s A-list rankings, signing yourself to a six-movie deal is a huge commitment.
It’s also interesting because Chris Evans also had the same doubts over taking up the Captain America role. Famously, he went back and forth over the role (even suggesting that he’d be dropping out once Avengers was done and dusted). Thankfully, Robert Downey Jr. managed to convince the star that playing Marvel’s iconic character was a solid career move.
With the future of these characters very much up in the air, it’ll be exciting to see who makes it beyond the next two Avengers movies. We have been promised deaths in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War – so maybe Hemsworth can finally escape then.
Who else would you have wanted to play Thor in the MCU?