Chris Hemsworth is featured on the Holiday 2015/2016 cover of Vanity Fair. Inside of this issue, he talks about auditioning for Thor, Los Angeles and the paparazzi.
On the topic of Thor, he said, “I had an audition with Ken [Branagh] that didn’t go very well. I remember walking out thinking, ‘Oh well, there goes that opportunity.’ Then one day Joss Whedon and Drew were reading the trades, and on the front was the final four for Thor. And they pointed to Liam and said, ‘Hey, is that your brother?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said, ‘Why the hell aren’t you in the mix?’ And I said, ‘I didn’t get a callback.’ And they were like, ‘This is crazy.’ And I was like, ‘If one of us gets it, that’s cool.’ And they were like, ‘No way. That should be you.’ And when casting opened back up, Joss called Ken and said, ‘Give Chris another shot.'”
He went on to say, “When something costs $150 million and it doesn’t work, it’s your face, it’s your fault. And the character has fans. Are they still a fan or did you just make them never want to read the comic again?”
On the subject of Los Angeles, he said, “It will set you up to turn you into a complete narcissist. You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here. You drive down the street and you’re constantly reminded of everything you’re either involved in or not involved in. It’s exhausting.”
When speaking of complaining about the paparazzi, he said, “But I’m not complaining. What was it that Jennifer Lawrence said? ‘I know everyone says you’re not supposed to complain about the paparazzi. Well, I don’t give a s**t. I’m f***ing complaining!’ But she can get away with that.”