Chris Hemsworth Younger: Chris Hemsworth revealed that while he nearly missed out on the role of a lifetime as Thor, at least it would’ve stayed in his family.
Marvel fans cannot help but picture the dashing Aussie star as the long-haired hero Thor, but nearly fell to his younger brother Liam Hemsworth when it came to auditioning for the role.
MensXP recently spoke with 38-year-old actor about how he attempted to pitch his brother’s name as a replacement after feeling his audition had diminished his chances.
“My little brother almost got cast as Thor. He [Liam] was one of the first people who got in at the last minute, so who knows – maybe we’ll cross paths!” the actor revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “That would be fun!” he quipped about potential cross-roads with his famous brother.
“In this film, the multiverse is not something we explore in depth. However, who knows if there might be more in the future now that technology has opened up a multitude of options to explore or be taken in by.”
Last month, Hemsworth appeared on Wired’s “Autocomplete Interview” segment where he recounted not receiving a callback for the Thor role at first.
“I feel like my audition was terrible,” he confessed. “I believe that was the response I got.”
Liam, 32, had an impressive audition and came close to landing the part – in fact he was one of “the last five people” being considered for it.
“They said ‘Look, he’s great, but he’s a bit young.’ My manager then said ‘Well, he does have an older brother,’ which was me,” Hemsworth recalled.
“When I returned for my auditions, re-auditioning several times, and with a different attitude, perhaps my little brother getting more of a look than me had given me some motivation.”
“Before those two auditions, I had already shot two films, giving me some experience and confidence in what I was about to do,” he explained. “So it helped that between those two auditions I had also completed two other projects.”
Hemsworth first donned the role of Asgardian hero in 2011’s “Thor,” later reprising it for three additional Marvel films.
His brother Liam went on to earn a major role in “The Hunger Games” franchise, which had four installments as of 2012 with an anticipated fifth set for release next year.