If an actor takes on the role of a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can pretty much bet they won’t compete on Dancing with the stars soon. But, for all these celebrities, there was a time before mega-stardom. In 2006, Chris Hemsworth was not Thor, the god of thunder – he was a soap opera star who appeared on the Australian edition of Dancing with the stars. And, as he confirmed in an interview, his past as a reality star almost cost him his job at Marvel. Read on to see why DWTS could have completely changed the trajectory of Hemsworth’s career.
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Hemsworth has joined the cast of the Australian version of Dancing with the stars for season 5 in 2006. At the time, the 23-year-old actor starred in the long-running soap opera Home and Away. Hemsworth played Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007.
“I got the acknowledgment of: you’re famous. I wouldn’t say it came with much respect,” Hemsworth told The Associated Press of At home and away in 2015. “I wasn’t considered an artist or an actor. But, you know, it’s a soap opera. It’s kind of the universal opinion that people have about it. I mean, I I have huge respect for the show. I think it’s harder than anything. It’s 20 scenes a day, and it’s not the best scripts sometimes.
Hemsworth came in fifth place out of 10 competitors on Dancing with the stars, which sounds respectable, but it received the lowest score of all for four consecutive weeks. Some avengers stars DWTS performances can still be found on YouTube.
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It’s hard to imagine anyone else like Thor now – Hemsworth has played the character in eight films, starting with Thor in 2011, but he almost missed the role because of his Dancing with the stars past.
“[Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige said it almost cost me the job,” Hemsworth told BBC Radio 1 in 2017. The actor said the executive told him: “We all saw your audition, we were running it in the office and everyone was really in it. And then a couple of the girls started googling your name and a dance video came up, and I thought, ‘Oh no. Thor dances? I do not know. The fans are going to eat us alive.'”
But, Hemsworth obviously got the job anyway, and he said his DWTS the experience proved useful. “It made me more nimble on my feet, I guess,” he said. “I needed to be with the cape. You could see some of that Dancing with the stars quality to Thor.”
Not only could DWTS kept Hemsworth from being cast as Thor, but his own younger brother nearly stopped him from getting the role as well. Hemsworth told BBC Radio 1 he “blew it all” on his first audition, but his brother, Liam Hemsworthwas called back for several auditions and reached “the last, like, four or five people”.
“And then he didn’t understand,” Hemsworth explained. “And then I had another hit.” He joked: “Someone said, ‘We’re giving up. We’ll just choose you. “”
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