Chris Hemsworth Says His Brother Liam Was Almost Cast As Thor Instead
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Film fans will know Liam Hemsworth from his role in The Hunger Games, but his brother Chris Hemsworth has now revealed his younger sibling actually gave him competition for the role of Thor.
Chris first established himself as the God of Thunder in 2011 and has since appeared as the hero, both with and without a dad-bod, in a number of solo and ensemble films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
His most recent performance comes in Taika Waititi's Thor: Love and Thunder, and it was during promotion for the film that he revealed the face of Thor could have been very different. Well, as different as his own brother.
The topic came up when Chris was asked by Men's XP about the concept of the multiverse; something touched upon in Spider-Man: No Way Home before really being explored in the recent Doctor Strange film, The Multiverse of Madness.
Given that Tom Holland's Spider-Man found himself confronted by two other versions of himself in No Way Home, Chris was questioned on who else he might like to see take on the role of Thor if he was to find himself wrapped up in the multiverse, and revealed little brother Liam could be a good contender.
He explained: "My little brother (Liam) almost got cast as Thor. He was one of the first people who got right down to the wire on getting the part so, I don’t know, I could cross paths with him. That will be fun."
In a previous interview with Wired, Chris admitted his first audition for Thor didn't go too well, so much so that he failed to get a call back from the casting directors.
"I think my audition sucked," he said. "I think that was the response I got."
Though Liam is said to have made it down to the 'last five people' being considered, it was apparently his age that proved to be his downfall.
Chris, who is six years older than Liam, explained: "They were like, 'Look, he's great, but he's a bit young.' My manager then said, 'Well, he does have an older brother,' which was me. I came back in, re-auditioned a few times and just had a different attitude. Maybe I had a little more sort of motivation that my little brother got a look in and I hadn't. I also had done a couple of films in between those two auditions, so I had a bit more experience and confidence in what I was going to do."
It seems like Liam definitely gave Chris a leg up by proving their family to be worthy of the job, so perhaps we have him to thank for the Thor we know and love today.
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