Chris Hemsworth was running out of money before he became the Norse god of thunder, ‘Thor’.
The 35-year-old Australian actor said in a recent interview that he started acting because of his love for film and TV, but also because he and his family “had no money.”
He said he was driven by a desire to help his parents financially.
“I wanted to pay off their house, initially,” the “Men in Black: International” actor said. “That was my sort of thing.”
However, he added that the strain of his goal may have hurt his chances in the audition room by making him tenser.
“I almost put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “If I hadn’t taken it upon myself to take care of my family, I might have been more relaxed.”
Though Hemsworth had a recurring role on the Australian soap opera “Home and Away” from 2004 to 2007, he struggled to land bigger roles in Los Angeles.
He still remembers the roles he missed, including the 2009 hit “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra” — which starred Channing Tatum — and the role Gambit in the Wolverine “X-Men” films — which was played by Taylor Kitsch, Variety reported.
“At the time, I was upset,” Hemsworth said. “I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
Even after he had landed the role of Thor, though, Hemsworth still struggled with doubts of being recast, low audience turnout and the possibility of sequels. But, he told Variety, he eventually felt at home among the “Avengers.”
Hemsworth first took on the mantle of the Asgardian hero in 2011’s “Thor,” reprising the role in six more Marvel films, but he told Variety he felt “trapped” by Thor’s characterization in the early films until his comedic, carefree transformation in director Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” in 2017.
“I felt like I was typecast by whoever was writing those scripts,” Hemsworth said. “I feel like the creators were stuck on where they could take the character and was this all he had to offer? I felt there was so much more we could do.”
However, his character’s transformation from muscular Asgardian to a potbellied has-been in “Avengers: Endgame” has “energized” the actor toward the possibility of wielding Thor’s hammer once again, he said.
By Damilola Faustino