The Australian actor and his wife Elsa Pataky took some time off last month to attend an exclusive event in China, hosted by Montblanc.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth drew the loudest cheers from his adoring fans who were lucky enough to make it to the launch of Montblanc's Boheme collection in Shanghai, China.
Looking dapper in a suit, the lanky actor and his wife Elsa Pataky were among Montblanc’s VIP guests. Taking some time to talk to Malaysian media about Vacation, his latest project, Hemsworth was down-to-earth when not wielding Thor’s mighty hammer.
With a thick Aussie accent and laidback vibe, the actor opened up about his dreams of directing, working in television, and being overshadowed by the mighty character that he has played in several summer blockbusters, Thor.
“Vacation is a comedy. I loved the original and grew up on the films. Plus, I’m really looking forward to doing something different,” he says when asked about talks of him joining the cast of New Line’s re-boot film.
In the 1983 film series, which begins with National Lampoon's Vacation, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo starred as couple on holiday with their children, Rusty and Audrey. The 2015 remake will have a grown-up Rusty taking his own family road trip.
On what could be more challenging that playing a god, Hemsworth says: "When you simplify things and you don’t have the special effects and action sequences to support you, it’s actually more difficult. It’s a departure to do something small and character-driven about individuals and their personal obstacles as opposed to the special effects.”
Next year will also see Hemsworth’s action-thriller Blackhat opening in January. “I shot that in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur with (director-producer) Michael Mann. That was such a great experience. I’m sure some of the promotional press will be on this side of the world,” he adds.
Having worked in television before making it big in Hollywood, Hemsworth is not ruling out a return to the small screen, and is keeping his eyes “wide open” for something that sparks an interest.
“If something funny, great or interesting came along that would make me think about the script weeks after putting it down, I may have to do something. I worked on Australian television for more than three years. It’s a different process altogether. Television is ‘less giving’ compared to making a film, but yeah, if great material comes along, sure. Never say never,” he shares.
Hemsworth, 31, is also mulling over settling into a director’s chair someday, but the “big kid inside me” still enjoys playing a larger-than-life superhero – travelling to different realms and going on adventures.
“I read comics but not a lot. I was a fan of fantasy books and movies though. I’d love to direct someday after watching geniuses like Michael Mann and Ron Howard at work – why they put the camera this way and not that way.
“One day that desire will become stronger and I will give it a go but for now I am enjoying this and learning as much as I can,” he says.
Admitting with a chuckle that Thor’s hammer – the Mjolnir – is “pretty heavy and quite exhausting to swing around all day”, he was relieved not to have to lift weights for a while.
“After I finished filming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (scheduled to open next May), it’s nice to do different workouts that are more cardio-based like swimming and running, instead of just lifting weights. I am also looking forward to not having to eat so much, especially the buckets of protein,” he says, responding to how he was looking ‘a little smaller’ these days.
Although he was in good spirits, it was impossible to pry much about the new Avengers movie because it is “shrouded in secrecy”.
“We finished Age of Ultron and had an amazing time. Filming was nice. Everyone has a solid relationship now. We made individual films – we made the first one and went away, and made another one and came back so by now, we all know each other really well.
“(Because) we all worked together before, there was a lot more knowledge of our individual characters so we could all inject a little more input to the film compared to previously. I just had so much fun. I really enjoyed it. It’s a whole new journey for all the individual characters,” he shares.
Journalists asked him what he thought of the female Thor that Marvel had just unveiled in the world of comics.
“Thor being a woman is great. She could give me a run for my money. Who knows, they might not even recast me for the next movie. There’s so much testosterone in the movie so it will be interesting to see what the comic books do and the movie world can take it from there.”