Chris Hemsworth graces our cover this week, and he chats with Backstage about his role in the new Ron Howard film "Rush," in theaters Sept. 27. Check out a sneak peek from the feature below!
Chris Hemsworth On the Role That Changed Everything
Chris Hemsworth is living proof of the adage that there are no small parts. The Australian actor made his American film debut in 2009’s “Star Trek,” playing George Kirk, the heroic father of James T. Kirk in the movie’s opening prologue. Though his screen time totals less than 10 minutes, Hemsworth made a big impression on audiences—and filmmakers. “It’s funny how much mileage that scene has got me,” he says. “Ron [Howard] talked to me about it. Ken [Branagh] said the same thing. I was like, ‘Really, that’s the thing you remember most?’ ”
Already familiar to Australian audiences for his role on the series “Home and Away” and competing in his country’s version of “Dancing With the Stars,” Hemsworth had just moved to America when he auditioned for Kirk. “I’d never watched an episode of ‘Star Trek’ or a single ‘Star Trek’ movie before that,” he says. “I had an audition on Friday night in J.J. Abrams’ office. He said, ‘Yeah, you got the part. You start Monday.’ I shot for three, four days, wrapped, and walked away. And that film changed everything.”