Chris Hemsworth has really exploded onto the Hollywood scene, with some big time roles in some really popular genre movies. He took the world by storm when he starred in “Thor” and then followed that up by playing the same character in “The Avengers.” However, 2012 also saw him in three other popular films, the horror-favorite “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and in the remake of “Red Dawn.”
Here is a look at the young Australian superstar and how he re-invented himself for the three roles in 2012.
“Cabin in the Woods”
The most interesting thing about “The Cabin in the Woods” was that it was originally supposed to come out three years ago, but the studios had no idea how to promote it. Luckily, the Joss Whedon written film finally found a home at Lionsgate who transferred it to 3D and gave it a nice little release. In the movie, Hemsworth plays a jock in a film that pays a loving homage to classic slasher movies.
It is fun to watch the new star years before he really broke out, but for anyone who loved the movie, it was clear that he was a star in the making and his performance in “Thor” is much less of a surprise.
“The Avengers” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”
Hemsworth next reprised his role as Thor in Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Whedon, who wrote the role he played in “Cabin in the Woods,” directed him this time around and Thor was one of the highlights of the movie. His fan favorite scenes in the billion dollar action movie were not so much his dramatic scenes, but his humorous ones, specifically involving The Hulk.
One month later, Hemsworth appeared in another giant blockbuster alongside “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” While his Huntsman character was another rugged hero, much like Thor, Hemsworth still made the character his own. By the end of the movie, it was more fun to think of a Huntsman spin-off movie with Hemsworth than one following Stewart’s Snow White.
Finally, 2012 sees Chris Hemsworth in his fourth role of the year, and unfortunately it is the worst movie of the four. However, while “Red Dawn” remains a disappointing trip to the theater, Hemsworth remains the one shining light in the film. He plays Jed Eckert, a military man home on leave who sets out to protect his brother and his home town from invading Korean forces. His acting is enough to make the movie watchable as he continues his career as one of the hottest young talents in Hollywood today.
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