Chris Hemsworth again plays the God of Thunder in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World on Nov. 8 and this time around, the actor will remove his shirt for one scene. But at first, he struggled with the logic behind the decision.
In an interview with MTV News, Hemsworth talks about a scene near the beginning of the sequel film in which Thor reflects on a successful and hard-fought battle with a quick splash of water on his bare chest. The actor reveals that he, at first, was not totally on board with the idea, which came from The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon.
"That kind of came from Joss actually. He just said that there needed to be something romantic in there," Hemsworth said. "Then he said, 'Chris, get your shirt off.' I said, 'Well, I don't know. What's the why? What are we doing?' The justification was that it was him coming home from battle, washing blood off his hands. It is what it is. How to weigh into that without sounding like an idiot?"
So the scene is not meant purely as fangirl service, and Whedon wanted to put some logic behind it. But the sight of a shirtless Hemsworth will undoubtedly help boyfriends and husbands around the world convince their girlfriends and wives to join them at the theater.
Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis.