Chris Hemsworth, actor behind famous Marvel character and Avenger member Thor, God of Thunder, is leaving Hollywood and going home to Australia—and he is bringing the whole cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok with him, too.
In October last year, Marvel made an official announcement that Chris Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Thor franchise, is going to be filmed in Queensland, Australia, with some scenes to be shot at Village Roadshow Studios at the Gold Coast. Marvel published the following in 2015.
“Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel Studios’ franchise starring Australia’s Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding comic book Super Hero, has today been confirmed to start pre-production in Queensland in January 2016 with filming to begin in June 2016.
“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Marvel executives in June in Los Angeles and, through Screen Queensland, worked tirelessly to ensure Queensland was the production destination of choice.”
In fact, it might be coincidental or even perfect that as Thor: Ragnarok brings filming down under, their lead character, Chris Hemsworth, has moved back to Australia for good, too.
Chris Hemsworth talks about moving back to Australia in the latest issue of Modern Luxury, and reveals that this huge move in his life and career is largely for the Hemsworth family to scoot away from the spotlight and have a bit of normalcy.
“It’s no longer all about me, which is quite refreshing. Acting is the most self-absorbed world, where you are thinking about your feelings… You are constantly having to self-analyze or analyze a character you are playing, so you are internalizing and thinking, thinking, thinking about me… It’s just a horrible, noisy conversation. Once the kids arrived, I was like, ‘Wow, this is what life is about.’ “
Chris Hemsworth reveals that although he has loved every bit about acting, it became suffocating in time. Too much of the Hollywood world has pushed Hemsworth to re-evaluate the state of his family and his life, which, finally, urged him to move back to his motherland, Australia.
Natively from Australia, Chris Hemsworth is married already, for six years, to wife Elsa Pataky. Hemsworth is already a great father to three amazing children: India Rose, 3, and twins Tristan and Sasha, 2. Having lived in Los Angeles since his Hollywood career, Hemsworth finally realized that Los Angeles wasn’t the best place to raise his kids. Wanting a simpler and fresher life for him and his family, Chris Hemsworth finally left the suffocating environment of the U.S. to move back home.
“L.A. is a tough place to get around with kid. There’s not a whole lot of foot traffic. It was all about loading up the car and car seats … We were living shoulder to shoulder in the suburbs and thought that’s not how we want our kids to grow up. Moving to a kind of farm setup back here on the coast in Australia has been the best thing … Here, we just walk out the door and head to the beach down the street. It’s a much more simple life.”
Already settling again in Australia, Hemsworth is keeping busy by supporting different advocacies. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is going to theaters all over the world, and Chris Hemsworth is promoting the film with a charity contest for the benefit of The Australian Childhood Foundation. For as low as a $10 donation to The Australian Childhood Foundation, you can get the chance to win a special VIP meet & greet with Chris Hemsworth, plus tickets to The Huntsman: Winter’s War premiere and after-party. Visit the If Only website for more details.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) March 17, 2016
Chris Hemsworth is also helping promote Australian tourism by becoming the new ambassador of Tourism Australia.
— Australia (@Australia) January 26, 2016
If you’re afraid you’re going to miss Chris, fret not. Although Chris Hemsworth has left Los Angeles, he hasn’t completely left Hollywood. Thor: Ragnarok is starting filming this June and is slated to release November, 2017.
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