“My wife was like, ‘Bleh, it’s too much,’” Hemsworth told USA Today during a recent interview ahead of the Marvel film’s release. “There are a lot of my male friends who are like, ‘Yeah!’ but a lot of female friends and family are like, ‘Yuck.'”
Director Taika Waititi, however, was a big fan. “It’s crazy how big Chris got for this,” he said. “He’s huge already, but when I saw his arms, they were twice as big as normal, as wide as my head. Trainers and stuff are asking me how he does it? But it’s all natural.”
When asked about how he bulked up for the role, Chris Hemsworth mostly credited boredom during pandemic lockdowns. “It came from boredom, sitting in COVID lockdown was like a prison,” Hemsworth said. To combat his restlessness, the actor swam, lifted weights, and trained in martial arts. To fuel those workouts, Hemsworth said he ate around 6,000 calories a day. “It was train, eat, train, eat. Nothing else to do. Then I turned up for the film bigger than I’ve ever been.”
He continued, “It was one thing to train and eat that much and then sleep all day. Doing this and then a 12-hour set day was something different. It was horrible. I won’t do it again. They can give me a fancy muscle-y costume next time. I’m done.” Pataky is probably happy to hear it!
The grueling workout regiment was hardly the most memorable aspect of filming the latest Thor movie for Hemsworth. Recently, the actor shared two set photos with his eldest daughter, India Rose, from his first Thor film to Love and Thunder, in which she plays Love, daughter of Gorr the God Butcher.