Now that he’s Marvel Thor, it’s easy to forget that there was a down and sluggish period in Chris Hemsworth’s career. Before he was a member of the Avengers, the Ghostbusters, and the Men in Black, Hemsworth had missed out on several roles. In a profile interview with Variety, Chris Hemsworth has recalled some of the most heartbreaking near-misses from that period of his career.
Chris Hemsworth recalled some of the Worst period of his career
“I got very close to GI Joe,” Hemsworth recalls, but the role ultimately went to Channing Tatum. “I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine X-Men movies,” Chris Hemsworth continues, referencing the role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that wound up going to Taylor Kitsch. “At the time I was upset,I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
Chris Hemsworth struggled to land Thor a well, only proving he was worthy to wield the hammer after getting through a second audition (reportedly with some help from Avengers director Joss Whedon, who worked with Hemsworth on Cabin in the Woods).
Kitsch had only played Gambit in one film. 20th Century Fox decided to go in another direction with the X-Men and Wolverine films after the poor critical and fan reaction to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Tatum was expected to play Gambit in a solo film, but that film had been scrapped following developmental difficulties and the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney.
These days, it’s Chris Hemsworth passing on offers
These days, it’s Chris Hemsworth passing on offers rather than the other way around, including his choice to walk away from Star Trek 4. Yet, he’s still down to play the god of thunder for Marvel if they’ll have him back.
“I’d still love to do more, to be honest,” he says. “And I don’t know what the plan is. I feel like we’ve opened up such a different character. I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go.” Hemsworth pauses to consider another outcome. “But I’ll use that in other places and other characters if it’s the end here.”
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Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters. Captain Marvel is also still playing in theaters. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2nd.