Thor’s Chris Hemsworth explains why he was terrified of playing Mad Max in Furiosa

Thor’s Chris Hemsworth explains why he was terrified of playing Mad Max in Furiosa

Thor star Chris Hemsworth has said he was terrified for his role in Crazy Max precursor, Furious.

The actor will star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Tom Burke for the fifth film in George Miller’s franchise, which serves as an origin story for the character introduced in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Hemsworth, who has been cast in an undisclosed role in the film, revealed to Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was initially “scared out of his mind” for his character.

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“In the build-up, and I’m talking about a couple of years, I was scared out of my mind. I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to derail one of the most iconic franchises.’ I’m going to bring down Crazy Max. It’s going to be my fault,” he said before explaining the process.

“Often I get a script and I know from first read, second read, I know who the character is and I get an immediate, sort of visceral feeling attached to it,” he said. “I had read this two years before I started filming, and was in awe of the script. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever read. I love George Miller – but I didn’t know who this character was.”

Hemsworth, who revealed that “something clicked” two weeks before filming began, recently said he would be taking a career break due to a health scare discovered while filming his Disney+ docuseries. Boundless.

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After a series of tests, the actor found that he had two copies of the APOE4 gene, which increases his risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I want to sit and be in this room with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude. It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off,” he said. “When I finish this tour this week, I’m going home and I should have a good amount of time off and just simplify.”

Furious to be released on 24 May 2024. Limitless with Chris Hemsworth is available for streaming on Disney+.

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