Chris Hemsworth Says He’d Be Taken More Seriously as an Actor if He Lost Weight

God of thunder—and Thor actor—Chris Hemsworth is currently at home in Australia, putting the finishing touches on his physique for Thor: Love and Thunder, which is currently filming and is due out in 2022. In an interview with The Telegraph, Hemsworth says he’s the “fittest and strongest” he’s ever been while playing Thor, his extended time at home helping him to find the right balance of powerlifting and bodybuilding workouts. He said during previous Thor films he was overtraining. Now, he’s getting the workouts right.

“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,” Hemsworth said. “I was doing that in the previous Thors, and was coming up sorer, with less energy.”

People also don’t appreciate the grind. When asked about the fixation on his body, Hemsworth made an aesthetic observation about actors and weight.

Actors like Christian Bale have been lauded for excess weight gain (Vice) and excess weight loss (The Machinist). Those who put on and maintain absurd amounts of muscle, Hemsworth suggests, aren’t held in similar regard; they’re seen as arrogant. The interview was in Q&A format, so it’s unclear if Hemsworth was dishing salt, or simply calling spades “spades.”

Of course, it doesn’t seem as if audiences are overlooking Hemsworth’s work ethic, which is just about as public as any actor’s physical preparation can be. Bobby Holland Hanton, Hemsworth’s stunt double since 2013’s Thor: Dark World, has said he’s struggled to keep up with Hemsworth’s weight gain. “Everyone is like, ‘Wow, look at the size and him’, but I’m like yes, brilliant, now I have to put on that size as well,” he said in an interview. “I text him, I’m like, ‘Thanks very much dude, this is going to be even harder this time!’”

At times, Hanton has had to eat every two hours to keep up with “man mountain” Hemsworth, who, Hanton says, is able to carry the excess weight seemingly without trouble.

Hemsworth’s recent interview suggests the maintenance is more like a constant Olympic training than natural muscle retention, but he seems to have found a groove. Maybe the most impressive feat is simply how easy Hemsworth makes it all look. What’s a tire flip to a god, anyway?

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