“Thor: Love and Thunder” star Chris Hemsworth revealed that his younger brother Liam Hemsworth was “almost cast” as the Marvel superhero and Asgardian god. With older brother Luke Hemsworth already playing the actor version of Thor in both “Ragnarok” and “Love and Thunder,” it only makes sense for Liam to be a multiverse alternative version to Chris’ character.
“He was one of the first people who got right down to the wire on getting the part so, I don’t know, I could cross paths with him. That will be fun,” Hemsworth told MensXP. “In this film, [the multiverse] is not something we explore. But who knows if there is more in the future as you say it has opened up multitudes of options we can head in or be taken in.”
Hemsworth previously detailed during Wired’s “Autocomplete Interview” his doubts at landing the role of Thor when he was awaiting a callback. “I think my audition sucked,” Hemsworth said, citing his younger brother was among the final five actors in the running for the role. “I think that was the response I got.”
Hemsworth continued, “They were like, ‘Look, he’s great, but he’s a bit young.’ My manager then said, ‘Well, he does have an older brother,’ which was me. I came back in, re-auditioned a few times, and just had a different attitude. Maybe I had a little more sort of motivation that my little brother got a look in and I hadn’t. I also had done a couple of films in between those two auditions, so I had a bit more experience and confidence in what I was going to do.”
The “Thor” films turned out to be a family affair regardless, though: Hemsworth shared that his 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son both appear in “Love and Thunder.”
“It’s really cool. They really wanted to be in it,” Hemsworth said in an interview with Kevin McCarthy. “[Writer-director] Taika [Waititi] had his children in there. Christian Bale had his. Natalie [Portman] had her kids as well.”
He added, “It felt sort of like a one-off, fun family experience. I don’t want them to now go and be child stars and actors. It was just a special experience we all had and I loved it. They had a great time.”