Chris Hemsworth's stunt double says he had to eat ’10 meals a day’ to prepare for role
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Chris Hemsworth's stunt double has opened up about the gruelling regime he had to follow to prepare for Thor: Love and Thunder, including eating a whopping '10 meals a day'.
Considering a) the 39-year-old Marvel star is already ripped and b) it was his 'strongest' Thor yet, it's safe to say stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton had his work cut out for him.
Even for someone like Hanton, who has worked closely with Hemsworth as his stunt double for over 10 years and started training in the art form nearly two decades ago, he knew it was going to be a challenge.
In an exclusive interview with Ice36, the athlete opened up about the stringent diet he had to follow - which included eating chicken breasts in the middle of the night.
And there I am thinking pizza is the only acceptable midnight snack.
When asked about his reaction to Hemsworth saying he wanted to be his 'biggest' yet for Love and Thunder, Hanton explained: "I paused for a second and thought, we’ve done three together and you’ve always been huge.
"I’ve always had to work double hard to try and get anywhere near his height - he is 6ft 4 and I’m 6ft 1, I have to wear 2 inch lifts in my shoes to get near his height - and I train like a mad man to get anywhere near his physicality."
As you might imagine, it was quite the shock to discover he wanted to 'take it to another level', although it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
"It’s actually inspiring because it made me work harder, it made him work harder and we both got into the best physical shape we’ve ever been in," Hanton added.
But, as said, it took a lot of work to get to that place.
Speaking about the diet regime, the stuntman said: "I was eating up to 10 meals a day - two of those would be protein shakes.
"We were training twice a day and I never thought in my life that I would be sick of food and not wanting to eat food, because I love food. I hated it.
"In the end, I was trying to give away food that I was supposed to eat because I just didn’t want to eat it - it would almost make you feel sick because you were never, ever hungry."
Hanton went on to say that they had a 'great chef' on set who would cook for the two Thors. Every two hours, an alarm would go off and they'd have to eat.
While it was healthy and 'fantastic' food, it wasn't exactly a pleasant experience waking up and going to sleep full every day.
"It sounds ridiculous but I would cook two breasts of chicken and leave them on the kitchen side, so when I’d wake up to go to the loo half way through the night, I’d eat the chicken and then go back to sleep," he continued.
"It was horrendous. I never want to have to do it to that level again but the chances are Chris will want to and I will say yes again."
Thankfully, the pair support each other throughout the process.
Hanton added: "There’s never a dull moment with him or anyone in his family or crew. The team has been together for a long time, it’s just like one big family."