Chris Hemsworth couldn’t take a break from his gruelling exercise regime – even though his Marvel alter ego Thor does in the latest Avengers flick.
In Avengers: Endgame, cinemagoers witness the usually hunky Norse god on the heavier side, with the character dealing with depression.
The movie jumps forward five years during the runtime, meaning that Chris had to be both muscular and overweight while filming, with director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo deciding a fat suit was what Thor needed, rather than Chris skipping his gym sessions.
“(Chris) was so ignited by the work that he had done with Taika (Waititi) in (Thor) Ragnarok that he was definitely in a zone where he was really excited about being adventurous and edgy with what Thor could be and where he could go,” Anthony told CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast. “I think the only downside for the whole experience for Hemsworth was that the fat suit was quite heavy. We had to keep the proximity of shooting these (two movies) was pretty tight.”
Joe added: “It didn’t allow him time to (stop working out). Plus, we were doing reshoots on Infinity War while we were shooting Endgame.”
Chris previously revealed that while he’s a fan of keeping in shape all year round, he ditches weight training when he’s not shooting any Thor-related films. The 35-year-old has been playing the Marvel hero on and off since 2011.
“No, it’s strictly weight lifting and bodybuilding. When I’m not doing that character, I want to get lean again as quickly as possible, because carrying that weight is exhausting. And none of my clothes fit,” he once told People magazine.