Chris Hemsworth almost lost Thor role to his little bro

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It’s hard to imagine any other actor portraying the God of Thunder, but Chris Hemsworth almost lost the role to his little brother, Liam.

Speaking with W Magazine, Chris opened up about how him and Liam were both in contention to play Thor.

“I came into the audition with Kenneth Branagh and thought I nailed it, and then never heard anything back,” Chris said.

“Months went by, and then my brother – my little brother Liam – was in Australia and sent a tape across, and he got a call back, then another call back, and then was down to the last kind of four or five people for it.

“I remember sitting in Vancouver, shooting Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon. Both of them were looking at the trades at this sort of top five guys for Thor and saying, ‘Why aren’t you in the mix here? What happened?’ “I said, ‘I don’t know. I blew my audition, I guess.'”

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Chris went on to discuss how none of those other actors made the cut. His manager would later call the filmmakers and ask if Chris could audition again.

“That second audition was a lot different than my first one,” Chris continued. “I came in kind of with a little, I guess, motivation and maybe frustration that my little brother had gotten further than me.”

Sibling rivalry aside, matters worked out pretty well for both bothers, as Liam broke out in The Hunger Games franchise and Chris is of course Thor.

Speaking of which, Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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