- Interview Chris Hemsworth: "Rafa Nadal deserves to be a Marvel superhero"
- Review 'Thor: Ragnarok': the son of Odin and the 'wildebeest'
- Review Spider-Man: Crossing the Multiverse: the superhero is dead... Long live the superhero (*****)
One comes to understand something of the immateriality of the soul when one comes face to face (never better said) with the materiality of the body. If only by contrast. Few subjects as extreme, material and tight in every square inch of skin as the imposing Australian Chris Hemsworth (Melbourne, 1983) and, despite all this, so tender, so emotional, so sympathetic. Not in vain, his is the role of the only god of Olympus Marvel who dispatches the devil with a pylon hammer. He can also boast of being, thanks to Tyler Rake, one of the few heroes of contemporary action cinema who, in addition, knows how to act. It's like that. Now he presents the second installment of the adventures of the character created by Sam Hargrave for Netflix and does so convinced that cinema is an immaterial art that hurts, but physically. It hurts as it hurts to fall from the top of a skyscraper, bounce, go through a glass wall or a knife in the liver. It hurts as it hurts that all of the above happens at once. Chris Hemsworth is pure stuff. But with soul.
It would seem that Tyler Rake was born with the idea of contradicting the cinema of special effects, it is action cinema but without superthings that fly. Isn't Thor contradicting himself? Let's say that I have participated in many films full of special effects as spectacular as exciting. Everything is fine in them, but perhaps there is a negative side. The public has become desensitized. In a way, they are movies that seem fake. It's like watching a video game, it's impressive, but it's missing truth. The exponential growth of technology has led us to a strange dead end. There is too much noise on the screen. What the director and I wanted in Tyler Rake was to return to the most basic, to the beginning, to the time in which the important thing is the work of the actor and the specialist. I understand that it is a more demanding job... Yes. You can't make mistakes during filming that you then correct in editing or post-production. If you make a mistake you have to start over and I think that's a real plus that the public appreciates and feels. On the other hand, and although it sounds like an old controversy, in few action films violence is more explicit and real. It's not about punches between Marvel superheroes. Aren't you afraid of being accused of glorifying violence? The problem is when violence has no motivation and does not respond to a moral dilemma about justice or injustice, good or evil. I don't know why we want to watch boxing or gladiatorial movies, but it's clear that there's something in our DNA that conditions us and that may have to do with our natural tendency to compete. In any case, the responsibility so that there is no negative influence on children, for example, lies with parents, educators and a correct way of classifying films by age. If you are a mature person and you know how to differentiate reality from fiction, there is no conflict. In any case, and in case anyone has not caught it, the message of the film is not: "Violence is fun and it's okay to hit people." Moreover, if there is a message, it is just the opposite: "There is a vulnerable individual who has to be protected." On vulnerability, he recently premiered a documentary, Without Limits, in which he imagined himself as an old man and forced himself with weights and prostheses to move as if he were an old man. What was that: a game, an awareness, a critique of the industry for which he works so obsessed with youth...? It was quite an experience. I realized that we have an expiration date and that we cannot cheat death. The only certainty is that at some point we will expire. In Western culture we especially like to avoid that topic. It is as if we thought that when we spoke of death we summoned it. And we avoid it at all costs. Eastern philosophy is much more open to it and to the cycle of life and death. Accept the process of existence much better. Science tells us that if we relate more to death, we will live longer and better. And the question now is: How do I want to spend my days and who do I want to spend my time with? It leaves me stoned. I'll tell you one more thing. In my current training I feel fitter than ever, but not because I train harder, but because I train smarter. That's the message about longevity and life that I stick with across the board: physical, emotional and mental. Herself Try to trust your intuition, but also to be a little more careful with the decisions you make. In that same documentary he revealed that he was genetically prone to Alzheimer's. How does such a threat affect your daily lives? Yes, it was a bit crazy. I remember that the plan of the film was to record my reaction in front of the camera when I communicated it. That was the conclusion of some analyses that were made to me. But the doctor advised the director that it was too serious a subject to make a show with him. The fact is that I was always given the option to edit it. Suddenly, wow, you become aware of many things and how fragile we are. But well and to clarify beyond the dramatic headline, it must be said that it is a very unusual genetic combination that places me at a high risk, but it is not a certainty. If anything, I'm glad I figured it out, because now I know I have to pay even more attention to my health and well-being. I remember even reading that he suffered from the disease... Yes, I took some time to rest and think because I was exhausted from a thousand shoots and, typically, the junk press did the rest and published very irresponsibly that he suffered Alzheimer.La last time I interviewed him because of Thor we talked for a while about his Spanish, which seems not to start ... Yes, my kids laugh at me and my accent. I remember he told me that too. Has things improved? Give me time. I like your country too much. If, for whatever reason, at some point we decided to leave Australia, the first option without hesitation would be Spain. I love it. I like people and feel a deep connection. But not only because my wife is Spanish, but because there is a warmth and familiarity that fascinates me. I wish I knew Spanish. I wish I had more time to learn it. Unfortunately, I learn useless dialogues from movies and not what I should.When you were a child did you ever imagine where you are now? I remember that I recently saw the trailer for Double Impact, by Jean-Claude Van Damme, and it came to my mind what I felt as a child in front of the same scene. You see it now and it's comical, it looks like a Saturday night live sketch, but that sense of adventure that we forget as we grow up is indescribable. I see it in my kids who are small and it fascinates me.And how does the child we all have inside take being a Hollywood star? When I was finishing high school there were two voices in my head. One read: "I'm going to be the biggest movie star. I'm going to make great movies. I'll be able to earn enough money to take care of my parents and my family." And then the other voice said, "You're going to fail. You're going to be mowing grass or digging holes on a construction site somewhere in Australia."
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