“I go ‘Slow down, what’s the rush, there’s a red light.’ She says: ‘Shut up, when did you become a driving instructor?
’” Hemsworth’s assured performance as Hunt marks him out as one of Australia’s leading actors, on a par, according to Rush director Ron Howard, with Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.
The Australian actor Chris Hemsworth may play flamboyant racing driver James Hunt in the new film Rush but in real life you are more likely to find him a nervous passenger in the family SUV driven by his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky.
“It has a babyseat and surfboard in the back, it’s a pretty mellow thing,” he says.
It gave me a great empathy for other people’s situations and Aboriginal culture because no one gets exposed to that.
You’re not even allowed out on to certain parts of that land without permits.” Back at high school in Melbourne, Hemsworth decided to act when his older brother Luke got a role in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
My parents ran the community centre which doubled as a post office and grocery store. “That’s the beautiful thing about kids, they don’t have the stupid set of prejudices and opinions that we are warped by as we get older.
He died aged 45 in his sleep, his heart apparently weakened by the years of excess.
Earlier that day he had proposed to his girlfriend of four years, Helen Dyson. Hemsworth is excellent as Hunt, perfectly capturing the spirit of the man.
Best known for his role as Thor in the superhero movie Thor (2011) and Avengers Assemble (2012), in Rush Hemsworth makes a rare foray into a reality-based film.
“I love the fantasy world and the movies I’ve been doing but it was nice not to be wielding some sort of weapon,” he says, referring to Thor’s magic hammer.
“That is what I was most anxious about,” says Hemsworth. “There was an immense amount of talent there and if you funnel it into something it’s great but if it’s pointed in the wrong direction then it can be chaotic.” Hunt drank himself to oblivion, took drugs and ricocheted through women.