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Chris Hemsworth Reveals The Movie He Thought Would ‘End His Career’

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Chris Hemsworth has revealed which of his roles he feared would ‘ruin his career’.

In 2016, the actor, 38, was largely known for his turn as Thor in the films of the same name as well as the Avengers films – and less known for his comedic improvisation.

Speaking in a new interview, the Aussie star admitted that he suddenly doubted his acting capabilities when learned that one of his characters would need to ‘improvise’ most of his lines.

Chris Hemsworth has discussed his film career. Credit: Alamy
Chris Hemsworth has discussed his film career. Credit: Alamy

The moment of doubt came on the set of 2016’s reboot of Ghostbusters, in which Hemsworth played Kevin the secretary, and had to prove his comedy chops in front of comedy pros like Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

“I said to [director] Paul [Feig], ‘There’s not a whole lot on the page, like, what do you want me doing?’ He said, ‘Oh, we’ll figure it out when you get here,'” Hemsworth told GQ about receiving the script for the first time.

“So I said, ‘Okay, why not? Let’s go.’ And I got there, turned up to the studio the day before we started shooting and he handed me the script. I read the script and I said, ‘There’s still nothing in here. Like, what am I doing?'”

He added: “He said, ‘It’s okay, we’re going to improvise and have fun.’ And my immediate reaction was, this is not only the end of my career but I’m going to ruin this film. I’m gonna let everyone down, I haven’t done this before. What am I doing?”

Despite his worries, the actor admitted that his co-stars, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, in the comedy ‘took him under their wing’ and brought him on a ‘wacky adventure discovering who his character was’. 

The actor played Kevin in the Ghostbusters reboot. Credit: Columbia Pictures
The actor played Kevin in the Ghostbusters reboot. Credit: Columbia Pictures

His comments comes as his new film Spiderhead, Netflix’s new sci-fi thriller, has become one of the Australian actor’s lowest rated films, following a poor critical reception.

Released earlier this month, there was plenty of hype surrounding the chilling movie, which had drawn some comparisons to the hugely popular Black Mirror after the release of the trailer.

But on film review website Rotten Tomatoes, Spiderhead has a rating of just 44 percent at the time of writing. Worse still, on its audience rating, the adaptation of George Saunders’s dark sci-fi epic has a score of 35 percent.

A comparison to some of the 38-year-old’s other well known films on Rotten Tomatoes shows just how poorly it has been received so far.

Thor: Ragnarok, for instance, has a superb score of 93 percent on the Tomatometer, while 2013’s Rush, where Hemsworth plays legendary F1 driver James Hunt, remains on 89%.

Also featuring the likes of Whiplash star Miles Teller, as well as Jurnee Smollett, it has a cast that could rival just about another big budget movie.

And yet, for many viewers it falls flat in some key areas, leading to a respectable – but hardly emphatic – 5.5 out of 10 viewer rating on IMDb.



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