Australia, where actor Chris Hemsworth was native to, staged the first world premiere of "Thor". Held at Sydney's Event Cinemas George Street on Sunday, April 17, the premiere was attended by most of the main cast except for Natalie Portman who is heavily pregnant with her first child, and Anthony Hopkins.
Supporting Hemsworth were co-stars Jaimie Alexander, who plays Thor's childhood friend named Sif and Tom Hiddleston who plays the villain Loki, as well as director Kenneth Branagh. A number of Australian and European celebrities such as Eva Simons, Esther Anderson and Damian Walshe-Howling also walked the red carpet.
Speaking to Daily Telegraph before the screening, Hemsworth described how it feels like to portray a lovable comic book superhero for the first time. "It was rather big shoes to fill, a daunting thing to walk into, but I had the support of Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Kenneth Branagh," the actor said. "Playing any sort of character with that kind of support is certainly a benefit."
But the actor, who started in soap "Neighbors", got the full approval from the director. "He has got the ease and grace of a natural movie star," Branagh gushed.
Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth as punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth, the hammer-wielding Thor will learn what it takes to be a true hero in order to save mankind. "Thor" opens in theaters nationwide on May 6.
The Australian premiere was not the first promotional appearance made by Hemsworth. He previously attended photo calls in Munich, Germany and Madrid, Spain.