Chris Hemsworth leads two blockbusters this summer with the still in cinemas “Avengers: Endgame” and the upcoming “Men in Black: International” next month.
As part of an extensive new interview with Variety, the handsome Australian discussed several other projects from his past and his potential future and in the process shot down some rumors.
First up, yes he was linked to return to the role of James Kirk’s father in the fourth film of Abrams-era “Star Trek” after playing the role briefly in the opening of the 2009 reboot. That film has now stalled, mainly due to Hemsworth and Chris Pine dropping out due to what was said to be a salary dispute.
Here, the actor says he’s not interested in coming back because he sees no value in it:
“I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet. I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
The film is now on the backburner as the franchise is blossoming on streaming and also waiting to see whether the proposed Quentin Tarantino Trek film will take off.
Hemsworth says he’s also open to James Bond talk, but is throwing his weight behind a former co-star:
“My vote would be Idris [Elba]. I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different.”
He also confirmed that his role in 2016’s “Ghostbusters” reboot almost didn’t happen as he nearly pulled out the night before shooting because the film’s director Paul Feig promised script changes that didn’t happen. Ultimately he stayed because he was promised a lot of improvisation opportunity – turning it into one of the best parts of the film.
He does, however, confirm the online trolling of the film still gets him down:
“That whole period I was like, ‘What ownership do you guys have over those characters?’. Oh, you watched the film, therefore you should have a say over where it goes? I thought it was very unfortunate and kind of disappointing.”
The actor was also briefly up for the roles of Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Duke in “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” ultimately losing out on them to Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum respectively. Getting rejected for those meant he went up for Thor and he says he’s still interested in playing that character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but isn’t sure where things will go from here:
“I’d still love to do more, to be honest. 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… But I’ll use that in other places and other characters if it’s the end here.”
We’re not sure what’s going to happen with the character and probably won’t know until Marvel unveils its Phase 4 plans later this year.