As "Thor", Chris Hemsworth already had to train muscles. For his role as Hulk Hogan, he is now going a step further.
Chris Hemsworth (36) is known worldwide for his role as the muscle-bound thunder god "Thor", who also wields the Mjölnir hammer as part of the "Avengers" alongside "Iron Man", "Captain America" and Co. In director Todd Phillips' (49, "Joker") new film biography, the Australian will soon play another muscle man – wrestling legend Hulk Hogan (66) – and even goes a step further when it comes to training.
Hemsworth told British film magazine "Total Film" that Netflix production would be "a really fun project". In order to play the twelve-time world heavyweight champion of wrestling, he had to train properly, the 36-year-old emphasized. "The preparation for the role becomes incredibly physical," he said. "I will have to gain more mass than ever before, even more than I have gained for 'Thor'."
In addition to physical training, the triple dad faces other challenges. "There is the accent as well as the physicality and attitude," said Hemsworth. The actor is particularly looking forward to having to "dive into the wonderland of the wrestling world".
Rise to wrestling and pop culture icon
"The Hollywood Reporter" already reported in February of last year that the Australian screen star would play the former wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan. According to the industry paper, the film biography will outline the rise of the American Hogan, whose real name is Terrence Gene Bollea, to become a wrestling and pop culture icon. The athlete himself is on board as a consultant and executive producer.