Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Thor Meets His Match in Blanchett

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Thor Meets His Match in Blanchett

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Byline: James Law news.com.au

HE PLAYS the muscle-bound God of Thunder - all powerful and afraid of nothing.

But it looks like Chris Hemsworth met his match on the Gold Coast set of the third instalment of the Marvel franchise, Thor: Ragnarok.

The Aussie star has admitted to being "wildly intimidated" about going toe-to-toe with Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who plays "goddess of death" Hela in the new movie, out in October.

Blanchett is near unrecognisable in the movie and worked with Hemsworth's personal trainer Luke Zocchi to get in killer shape to embody the bad-ass villain.

But despite being unnerved by the calibre of the acting chops he was going up against, Hemsworth said he found Blanchett to be a down-to-earth professional.

"It was wildly intimidating but she is one of my favourite people on the planet," Hemsworth said at Comic Con in San Diego.

"It's nice to meet your heroes and it be as good as you'd hoped.

"She's just incredibly wonderful and generous and fun and that was one of the best experiences. …

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