Chris Hemsworth Jokes He Got a ‘Lot of Cuddles’ with Thor’s New Look: ‘I Felt Like Santa Claus’
Chris Hemsworth opens up about Thor's new twist in Avengers: Endgame
Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow!
Chris Hemsworth liked letting loose as a new version of Thor in Avengers: Endgame.
For the Marvel epic, Hemsworth’s typically fit and muscular superhero grows a bushy beard — and a huge potbelly. The actor, 35, joked about his new look while on The Graham Norton Show on Thursday night.
“[Thor] definitely ate his way through his emotions, yeah,” he said, laughing as he explained he wore a suit to add on the extra weight. “It was great. It was so much fun. Every time I stepped toward the catering truck, they were like, ‘No, no, no.’”
As for whether he was treated differently by people, Hemsworth said the reaction to those closest to him was immediate.
“I got a lot of cuddles. My wife, she’s had three kids, and often the pregnant lady will get their belly rubbed in the supermarket and Robert Downey gave me a fair share of those,” he said. “Everyone wanted to cuddle me. I felt like Santa Claus, you know? Got a few Avengers in my lap from time to time.”
His surprising look signifies just how hard Thor has taken the Avengers’ loss to Thanos and how much it affected his mindset and self-esteem.
“I enjoyed that version of Thor,” Hemsworth said in Variety‘s latest cover story earlier this month. “It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.”
“Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup,” he continued. “Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds. It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.”
“People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant,” Hemsworth added. “Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around.
Hemsworth, who has three kids with actress wife Elsa Pataky, also compared the costume to the feeling his wife had when she was pregnant.
“And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly,” he said. “‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”
Still, while the other original Avengers have mostly hung up their capes after Endgame, Hemsworth isn’t as ready to say goodbye to his character.
“I’d still love to do more, to be honest,” he said. “And I don’t know what the plan is. I feel like we’ve opened up such a different character. I feel more energized for the possibility of where it could go. But I’ll use that in other places and other characters if it’s the end here.”
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters.