Published on: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Everyone has had something to say about fat Thor in Avengers: Endgame, and now Robert Downey Jr. has added his two cents. Chatting with Variety as part of the outlet's cover story all about Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, Downey Jr. spoke out about the God of Thunder's striking new physique.
The five years after the Avengers' post-Infinity War face-off with Thanos, which ended with Thor decapitating the tyrant, weren't kind to the God of Thunder. The mighty Asgardian sank into a pit of grief isolating himself to a small shack in New Asgard and spending his days eating, drinking, and yelling at kids while playing Fortnite. He emerged after the time jump sporting a shaggy beard, unkempt hair that grew to his shoulders, and a protruding belly courtesy of barrels of beer and newfound love for Cheez Whiz.
Chubby Thor divided fans, but where does the Iron Man actor sit on the spectrum? Downey Jr. revealed to Variety that he adores what Hemsworth did with the character, and praised his all-or-nothing performance.
Hemsworth relished the experience of pushing himself to his limits and continuing to take risks with Thor. In fact, Hemsworth was so excited about being able to play Thor in a different way and enjoyed chubbier Thor so much that he pushed to keep the hero's plumper shape throughout the entirety of Endgame, lobbying to not have Thor undergo the planned mid-movie transformation where he gets fit again.
Hemsworth even found some joy in the not-so-fun parts of portraying fat Thor, namely the heavy silicone prosthetics and extra weights he had to wear, saying,
"Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup. 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. 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."
Downey Jr. wasn't the only Endgame guy who had kind words to say about chubby Thor. The film's co-director, Anthony Russo, shared with Variety that Thor's arc in Endgame was among his favorite narratives in the entire film. Like Downey Jr., Russo also applauded Hemsworth's commitment to his character. Keep watching the video to see as Robert Downey Jr. speaks out about fat Thor.