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Chris Hemsworth made just $150,000 for his first appearance as Thor

Stewart Perrie

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Chris Hemsworth made just $150,000 for his first appearance as Thor

Chris Hemsworth is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood at the moment.

After becoming a household name as the Norse god of thunder Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's gone on to star in big-name productions like Extraction, Ghostbusters, and Men in Black: International.

He can command millions of dollars for signing onto a project, however that wasn't the case when he first appeared in a Marvel film.

Credit: Marvel/Paramount Pictures
Credit: Marvel/Paramount Pictures

According to The Direct, the Daily Mail and Yahoo Finance, Hemsworth was only paid $150,000 for 2011's Thor.

That sum is pretty incredible considering the movie earned nearly $450 million at the global box office.

The film introduced the world to the Marvel superhero and Chris went onto star in eight other Marvel films.

However, Chris wasn't high on the list for potential applicants for Thor.


What's even harder to believe is that he wasn't the shredded, ripped and stacked star that we know him today.

He was just 25 years old when he auditioned for the role and he was initially rejected for the part.

The Australian actor was relatively new on the Hollywood scene and only had three film credits to his name at that time.

However, director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige brought him back for a second chance.


To prepare for the role, Hemsworth put on nearly 10kgs and hit the gym hard.

He told Men's Health ahead of Thor's premiere in 2011: "It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights, it was all pretty new to me."

He added: "I feel as if I've been busy, but all I've been doing is eating all day. Eating when you're not hungry and taking in that amount of food is exhausting.


"I ask myself, 'Why am I eating this chicken? For protein. Why am I eating this broccoli? For vitamins and fiber. Why am I eating this Ho Ho?'"

Interestingly, Chris' brother Liam auditioned for the role, as had Tom Hiddleston, who ended up being cast as Loki.

Boss Hunting states Chris ended up being paid $20 million for Thor: Love and Thunder, which was the fourth film in the superhero franchise.

That's a hell of a lot bigger than his first pay cheque to play the Norse god.


He says he's keen to play Thor again for a fifth film, but only under one condition.

Hemsworth told Spanish magazine AccionCine: "It all depends on the type of story. It has to be something unique. What I don't want is to do the same with the character until the end, until there is a feeling of exhaustion in the audience.

"But if there is excitement for it, I am always willing to return. If there is a new story, it has to be something very special.

"I'm sure there's something exciting to tell, so we'll have to wait and see. You have to wait to find it."

Featured Image Credit: Marvel/Paramount Pictures

Topics: Chris Hemsworth, Marvel, Celebrity, Celebrity Net Worth

Stewart Perrie
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