The God of Thunder, aka Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth, has had a dramatic makeunder for the Marvel series’ third instalment, Thor: Ragnarok, ditching the character’s trademark shoulder-length locks for a short cut.
“It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Hemsworth told Entertainment Weekly.
“It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”
The movie, shot in Brisbane and at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, also stars Cate Blanchett as villain Hela, the Goddess of Death, who sports a gothic-esque look for the role.
Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in character on the cover of Entertainment Weekly Picture: Marvel Studios/Entertainment Weekly
In the previous Thor movies, Hemsworth sported enough fake hair to rival a Victoria’s Secret shoot.
“They put in like 500 extensions,’’ Hemsworth told News Corp Australia in 2012.
“Four or five of them would knot together and I’d have dreadlocks in my hair.
“They’d tie themselves in big knots … which is fine because this character was allowed to be dirty like that but it was painful having to have them pulled out.
“I think it (my hair) is going to fall out one day.’’
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said the fresh look for Thor: Ragnarok was about avoiding “threequel-itis”.
“I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly.
Part of that is a more comedic tone, according to Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
“I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s*** what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’” Waititi told ew.com.
“We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”