As mentioned in the open, we are exactly a month away from the release of Thor: Ragnarok, expected to be the best Thor of the franchise, under the direction of Taika Waititi. Word is, Chris Hemsworth realised that Thor needed a tone change. And by all accounts he was fully into Taika’s vision, eager to explore a funnier, lighter side of his character.
What’s interesting to me is that not only did he welcome the overhaul but that he seems to have also accepted that that overhaul would mean that he couldn’t do it alone, that he would have to share, and that in sharing, Thor might not actually be the best part of the movie. Hulk and Loki, played by Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston, have joined Thor on this adventure. The formidable Cate Blanchett is in as the big bad. The movie is about Thor, in name, for sure, but the hook for us is that Thor’s road-tripping across universes (at least I think this is what’s happening?) with his buddies. Some Hollywood egos couldn’t handle that. And movies are often worse off for it.
Thor, it seems, will be better off that it’s not just Thor on the ride. And in the end, if it works out that way, it’ll actually make Chris Hemsworth look better. Which seems like simple math. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you though that this is not how it happens, in Hollywood or in real life. How many times have you watched someone at work not be willing to collaborate or share on the load – and in their minds the final credit? Duana and I have a friend, a very effective leader, who has the best perspective when it comes to fair management: “it doesn’t cost me anything”. This is what the insecurity is though. That in sharing, it might somehow cost, that the person who won’t do the sharing will lose out for sharing. Which is, obviously, totally myopic. Chris Hemsworth isn’t showing me that though. I don’t know if the got there on his own or if it’s the team around him, steering his career in the right way, but together they’ve made some good decisions. I can’t wait to talk about him on Show Your Work when we get back. Soon. Thanks for your message about when Season 2 is starting. We’ll have a date for you by the end of the week.
Here’s Chris with Elsa Pataky in Venice Beach yesterday and at LAX later in the evening. You think he’ll be back to host SNL for the third time again around the time Thor opens?