One of the biggest character changes in Avengers: Endgame comes from Thor and how he deals with the aftermath of not saving his friends five years after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Thor drinks his pain away, eventually losing his ripped physique.
This chubby Thor is lovingly referred to as “Lebowski Thor” by Chris Hemsworth. To get into the character, Hemsworth sat in hair and makeup for three hours and wore a heavy prosethetic.
“Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds. It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.”
Lebowski Thor was originally going to change back into regular Thor midway through the film, but Hemsworth pushed to stay thick.
“I enjoyed that version of Thor. It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.”
Hemsworth also talked about how people wanted to touch his big belly.
“People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant. Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around. And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly. ‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is in theaters now.