Avengers: Endgame star Chris Hemsworth has revealed that he fought to keep his character's appearance in the latest Marvel blockbuster.
In the movie, we see the God of Thunder put on weight and grow a long beard due to his exile, the actor calling himself 'Lebowski Thor' on set – a reference to the titular slacker in The Big Lebowski.
"I like that anything goes," Hemsworth told Variety. "You're not locked into expectations."
However, it turns out the original plan was to get Thor to return to his usual self halfway through Endgame, though the star pushed to keep the new version of the character.
"I enjoyed that version of Thor," he added. "It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own."
Speaking of his co-stars' reactions to his new appearance on set, Hemsworth recalled: "People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant.
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"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."
Elsewhere, Hemsworth has also revealed that he almost missed out on playing Thor in the first place all those years ago.
Avengers: Endgame is out now.
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