Marvel presents the epic adventure, ‘Thor,’ which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the centre of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his chaotic brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father and king of Asgard. ‘Thor’ is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray in the US, and September 26th in the UK. Check out what Chris Hemsworth had to say about the film below.

The physical demands of the role aside, how did you as an actor approach the role of Thor? Did you look into the comics, or did you pay more attention to the mythology, like the actual Norse mythology, or did you find a way to combine both? What was important to you when taking on this role?

Chris Hemsworth: I started with the comic books, but I didn’t read all, however many of them, there are thousands of them, forty or fifty years worth. But I certainly read enough to get a sense of who he was and the world he was from. Then I read some things on Norse mythology and this sort of fatalistic view they have that everything’s pre-ordained and that leads the Vikings into this fearless sort of attitude in battle and with their lives. They certainly back their opinions – they’re not swayed easy. And that spoke volumes to me about the character. But then it was, you know, you fill your head with whatever information and research you have. But on set it was just about making it truthful and finding a way, a simpler way that I could relate to it. Instead of thinking, ‘How do I play a powerful god?’ It became about, scenes between fathers and sons and brothers. You personalize that and that helps ground the story for an audience. And then we can relate to it and hopefully an audience can too.

There’s this great competitive relationship between Thor and Loki in the movie, how important was it to nail that core relationship?

Chris Hemsworth: We had a great time working together. Sometimes you get lucky and you work with people you get along with, that just makes it an easier process, easier to find the little hooks into the relationship. Me and Tom Hiddleston both know what it’s like to have siblings and have that rivalry and we had so much fun sort of playing around with it.

How did you find the green screen acting?

Chris Hemsworth: We were very fortunate, there was actually far less green screen than I think people would imagine. We had these beautiful big sets that we were on and could interact with and be a part of. The smaller piece of green screen that we had, we thankfully had Kenneth Branagh to fill us with a visual and a very vivid picture of what was going on. But it is a whole other skill, it’s a very sort of numbing feeling being on green screen, the hum of the lights, everything’s very hypnotic, you need to really bring your energy up. It’s different to being on a set where big glaciers have been built, or in a big throne room, you really feel like you’re part of that world.

How much does wearing the costume help when getting into character?

Chris Hemsworth: It helped a hell of a lot. I remember first putting the costume on after having read the comic books for the previous six months and imagining how I was going to play this guy and convincing yourself and everyone else that this is what it was going to be. The costumes were so incredibly detailed, plus they sold such an image that when you put it on you REALLY feel like the character. It certainly makes our job easier, it makes you stand different, it makes you walk different, and it was just another layer to add on and work with.

How intimidating was it to be faced by Anthony Hopkins in full God-like mode?

Chris Hemsworth: (Laughs) Walking into this, the idea of standing opposite Anthony Hopkins in God-like, regal outfit, and he has that quality in my mind in every film, was intimidating. But I’ve gotta say the moment I got on set and met him I couldn’t have felt more supported and comfortable. He’s extremely collaborative and kind, he has a great sense of humour. He has a great passion for filmmaking and story-telling, a number of times he’d just turn to me and say, ‘Isn’t this great? Isn’t Ken wonderful?’” That was the vibe on set, it was such an enjoyable experience.

This is a movie about a hero, did you have a favourite movie hero or superhero when you were younger?

Chris Hemsworth: Yeah. I think Superman was probably the very first one I was aware of and, you know, I would run around the house pretending to be him, at some stage when I was a kid (laughs). I also had a Robin costume, Batman’s sidekick, which is a nice pair of green underwear and a yellow shirt and red cape.

I mean, growing up my parents were my heroes, you know, and my dad, in the way they conducted their lives. My dad works in child protection. He’s spent man  many years in that line of work. And as kids, our experiences shape our opinions on ourselves and the world around us, that’s who we become as adults, because of that experience. So yeah, he’s certainly been my hero. You know, in movies, I think the idea of a heightened reality and then the fantasy that we’re able to be swept up in, and then these larger than life heroes and the possibility of someone much more powerful than we are and greater that can come and save the day, so to speak, is inspiring. And it’s the people who put themselves on the line and sacrifice their own safety for the greater good and for others. I think anyone in any sort of profession who, their concern is the welfare of other people instead of individual, I think that is inspiring and important.