- Chris Hemsworth said his fitness routine for “Thor: Love and Thunder was ‘particularly tough’.
- The actor said the target weight for this episode was significantly higher.
- “Maybe I’m getting older, but things just started to hurt more,” Hemsworth said.
Chris Hemsworth said getting even more ripped for “Thor: Love and Thunder” was a challenge and cost him dearly.
“Every time I’ve played the character and put muscle on and off the waistline and then lost it to something else and played another character, there’s muscle memory, and I said it got easier every time,” Hemsworth said in the latest episode of Marvel’s behind-the-scenes documentary “Assembled,” released Thursday on Disney+.
He continued: “It was particularly difficult. I think it was because the target weight we were aiming for was way above what I had been before.”
The Aussie actor’s physique has grown taller and more muscular with each appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Hemsworth has portrayed the God of Thunder since the release of the first standalone film “Thor” in 2011. He has since reprized the role for the “Thor” sequels and “Avengers” films, in addition to voice work for the first season of ” Loki” and “What if…?”
He’s set to return as Thor in an as-yet-unannounced project, as hinted at the ending of “Love and Thunder.”
For “Love and Thunder,” Hemsworth said he spent 12 months at home, “just training and puppetry of the body” and mixing his workout routine with swimming or martial arts.
“It was a really fun exploration, but I don’t know if I want to get that big again,” he said in the ‘Assembled’ documentary.
“It was just exhausting,” Hemsworth said. “I don’t know, maybe I’m getting older, but things just started to hurt more.”
The actor previously opened up about his training for the fourth “Thor” movie in an interview with USA Today.
Hemsworth said he became bigger than ever for the film and attributed it to “boredom” caused by the COVID lockdown.
“It was train, eat, train, eat. Nothing else to do,” he explained. “Then I arrived for the movie bigger than I’ve ever been.”
The “Extraction” star also said his wife Elsa Pataky, who appeared in the film, wasn’t a big fan of his more muscular body and called it “too much.”
“There are a lot of my male friends who say, ‘Yeah! but a lot of friends and family say ‘yuck,'” he said.