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Chris Hemsworth says his directorial heroes’ criticisms of MCU films are ‘super depressing’ and shares the mixed reviews behind Thor 4 it may have been a result of the film crew having “too much fun”.
Talking with British GQ for a profile posted on Tuesday, the Extraction AND Angry the star opened up about life after a 22-film streak since her appearance in the first Thor. Part of that conversation focused on how Marvel movies have been received and talked about within the industry over the past two decades.
Generally addressing the criticisms the films have faced from great directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Hemsworth has expressed disappointment with their comments. “It’s super depressing when I hear it,” Hemsworth told the magazine. “Here are two of my heroes that I won’t be working with. I guess they are not my fans.
He goes on to explain that Marvel Studios’ control of films and their impact on the state of theatrical releases isn’t something he loves amidst “so much fragility” in the industry, and adds that he doesn’t “think any of us have the answer, but we are trying.
“I’m grateful to have been a part of something that kept people in theaters. Now whether or not those movies came at the expense of other movies, I don’t know,” she continues. “I don’t like it when we start peering into each other when there is so much fragility in the business and in this arts space as it is… I say less to the directors who made those comments, who are all , by the way , still my heroes, and in a heartbeat I would work with each of them. But I say this more to the broader opinion on this matter.
Hemsworth also considered whether he would return to play Thornoting that he enjoyed the various iterations of the character that have existed both within the hero’s individual franchise and beyond it, despite the fact that he certainly “got fed up with the character pretty quickly every couple of years”.
“I love the experience,” she said. “I love that I was able to do something quite different throughout the process. Thor 1 and 2 were their own things, Thor 3 and 4 were a very different feel… and then too avengersthe Lebowski Thor, the infinite war Thor, because of different directors and I think mostly about my need to do something different.
That different take from director Taika Waititi has earned Thor: Ragnarok praise and Thor: Love and thunder mixed reviews, the latter response Hemsworth attributing to people thinking it was too silly.
“I think we had too much fun. It’s gotten too silly,” Hemsworth reflected. “It’s always hard to be at the center and have real perspective… I love the process, it’s always a journey. But you just don’t know how people are going to react.”
However, in general, he’s always open to “see what they have to offer creatively, if there’s anything new,” but for now, “I really want to do other things for a while.”
Some of those other things are Crazy Maximus, a role he said he arrived “exhausted” in, but that within the first week of rehearsals with director George Miller, he reignited his creative energy. It was “by far the best experience of my career and something I feel most proud of,” he said British GQ. He is now “on the hunt for more George Millers. Or more than George Miller, if you want me.”
The rest of the interview is more reassuring, with Hemsworth discussing how raising a family with wife and fellow actor Elsa Pataky, the recent loss of his grandfather, and Jeremy Renner’s snowplow accident helped give him pause from acting and made him think hard about how he spends his time in and out of Hollywood.
As Hemsworth approaches 40 and after finding out through his series Unlimited who has two copies of a gene that make him significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, said he still feels, “like I’m 25 and I have a lot of time.” Now I’m like, ‘Oh, I might be halfway there. More than half.'”
“The reality of ‘I’m not staying here forever’ is sinking in,” she said. “Now everything matters more. Because of the knowledge that this won’t last forever.
Everything is reevaluated with Hemsworth after years of back-to-back projects, including how a job might take away from him time with Pataky and his three children. He’s also given more thought to the legacy of his work, noting that “I don’t want to leave a bunch of junk behind,” while admitting that the internet has let him know “there are some mistakes there.”
This self-reflection was stimulated in part by two other events in his life: the death of his grandfather and avengers the near-fatal accident with co-star Jeremy Renner’s snowplow. When it comes to Renner, Hemsworth says that “none” of the avengers cast text chain “i really knew how serious it was”, when it came to Hawk eye star wounds. “I think anything like that, it’s an immediate realization of ‘Wow, any of us can leave at any moment…'” she said.
She also spoke about her late grandfather, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and passed away at 93. “My uncle specifically said, ‘He is remembered as a good boy.’ And if he knew, or if someone told him, that’s how he’d be remembered, how incredibly proud he’d feel,” Hemsworth said.
“It got me thinking about my life,” Hemsworth continued. “And it wasn’t about career or anything. It was about being remembered as someone who was good and kind and contributed something of value… I certainly don’t think about the films I will leave behind and how people will remember me in that sense. I hope people think of me fondly and that I was a good person. That I was a good boy. Like my grandfather.”