Chris Hemsworth is all muscle in Marvel’s “Thor” and “Avengers” movies, in which he plays the titular hammer-wielding Asgardian, so it was with some trepidation that Ron Howard cast the Australian actor as lithe Formula One driver James Hunt in the high-octane drama “Rush.”
Howard recalls, “Chris said, ‘Thor can’t even get in an F1 car — but I will be able to.'”
Hemsworth made good on his promise, trimming 30 pounds from his beefy frame by switching from weightlifting to pure cardio.
“I was basically underfed and overtrained for a number of months, which led to a pretty moody existence,” he tells Entertainment Weekly, joking that he “had more symptoms of a pregnant woman than [my wife].” His wife, Elsa Pataky, was expecting their daughter India Rose at the time.
“Rush” speeds into theaters September 27.
Gallery | Superhero Movie Mistakes
- ‘Superman 3′ (1983)
Before Superman (Christopher Reeve) gets set to land on, and stop, a rogue plough, the wires holding him are visible.
- ‘Batman’ (1989)
When the Joker’s henchmen are trashing a museum, one bad guy puts his grubby little handprints all over a portrait using paint. Later, the Joker walks by the same portrait and the handprints have disappeared. Poof!
- ‘Iron Man 2′ (2010)
When Natalie and Pepper arrive at the Stark Industries Expo and open the car door, a huge lighting screen is visible in reflection of the car’s window. We’re sure Tony Stark would have something very snarky to say about this.
- ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
When we first see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) arrive at his company’s benefit, his car doesn’t have a front license plate. When we actually see him pull up to the entrance, however, his personalised “Stark” plate has appeared. How did that get there?!
- ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
During Batman’s (Christian Bale) interrogation of the Joker (Heath Ledger), he picks him up and slams him against the wall. For a brief instant, you can see a camera and a cameraman in the reflection of the mirror on the right.
- ‘X-Men’ (2004)
In Toad’s (Ray Park) final scene of the movie, in which he begins to fight Storm (Halle Berry), he leaps into the air and onto the balcony railing. If you take a look at the back of his belt, his stunt wire is very visible. Good thing Halle Berry usually steals everyone’s attention when she’s on-screen.
- ‘Hancock’ (2008)
When Hancock (Will Smith) lays Mary (Charlize Theron) on a hospital bed after she’s been shot, the amount of blood on her shirt changes significantly from shot to shot.
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