AceShowbiz - Chris Hemsworth almost lost his legendary Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Thor Odinson due to his samba dance. According to Derek Hough, the "Men In Black: International" actor's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars Australia" nearly cost him his esteemed superhero role.
"Chris Hemsworth almost lost his role as Thor because he was on 'Dancing with the Stars in Australia'," the professional dancer recalled to PopCulture.com. "He was on 'Dancing with the Stars in Australia', and he's dancing the samba and they literally cast him, or they were gonna cast him, and I think people called and said, 'Yo have you seen him dancing the Samba? This cannot be our Thor.' "
While promoting "Thor: Ragnarok" in 2017, Chris himself has talked about nearly losing his big role. During an interview with BBC, he reflected on what Marvel Studios president and producer, Kevin Feige, told him at the time while he starred in the fifth season of the dancing competition show. The 37-year-old actor confessed, "Kevin Feige said that almost lost me the job."
Chris continued, "We all saw your audition. We're passing it around the office, and everyone was really, you know, into it." The "Avengers: Endgame" actor offered more details, "And then, a few of the girls started googling your name and up came this dancing video, and I thought, 'Oh no. Thor dancing! The fans are going to eat us alive!' "
"It made me more nimble on my feet, I guess," Chris elaborated. "I needed to be with the cape. You might see a bit of that 'Dancing with the Stars' quality in 'Thor'."
Earlier this month, Chris celebrated the end of filming for "Thor: Love and Thunder" by showing off his massive biceps. In an Instagram photo, the actor posed with the film's director Taika Waititi, who also plays Korg in the MCU. "That's a wrap on Thor Love and Thunder, it's also national don't flex day so I thought this super relaxed photo was appropriate," he captioned the post.
"The film is gonna be bats--- crazy off the wall funny and might also pull a heart string or two. Lots of love, lots of thunder!" Chris wrote. "Thank you to all the cast and crew who made this another incredible Marvel journey. Buckle in, get ready and see ya in cinemas!! @taikawaititi @marvelstudios @jasinboland."
"Thor: Love and Thunder" is currently set for release on May 6, 2022 and will feature the return of several Marvel stars.