Chris Hemsworth Talks About Unhealthy Body Standards Required for Thor

Chris Hemsworth has symbolized Thor since the MCU superhero’s 2011 blockbuster; however, the Australian actor says there’s a difference in how actors are seen when they build muscle for a role versus when they gain or lose an “unhealthy” weight for the role.

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Hemsworth told The Telegraph, “There’s an aesthetic that the role requires,” about his physical appearance being the focus of discussions around his role as the God of Thunder known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

“Bodybuilding is seen as vanity, whereas if I put on a bunch of unhealthy weight, or got unhealthy skinny for a role, I’d probably be called a serious actor,” the Thor actor continued.

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Hemsworth has played the God of Thunder since its 2011 debut, appearing in two standalone sequels and several “Avengers” films. His most recent appearance is in the 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.” Although, he is set to reprise the iconic role for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is scheduled for release on May 6th, 2022.

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For years I probably overtrained. People who do muscle-building often don’t realize it’s a sport that shouldn’t be seven days a week, two hours a day. I was doing that in the previous Thors, and was coming up sorer, with less energy. 

– Chris Hemsworth

The God of Thunder actor said that he has also learned a lot about fitness throughout his journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Probably the fittest and strongest I’ve been before all the Thors. 

– Chris Hemsworth

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