We're used to seeing Chris Hemsworth play the powerful superhero Thor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, but later this summer, we'll see him in a much different role in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot, playing a mimbo receptionist named Kevin. This past weekend, during Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Hemsworth, who was sitting beside Tom Hiddleston, was asked to explain the differences between playing Kevin and the God of Thunder.
Hemsworth: A lot of differences. I didn't have to go to the gym, which was nice.
Attendee: We like that you go to the gym.
Hemsworth: Aw, thanks.
Hiddleston: We love that you go to the gym.
Hemsworth: He was a lot different. It kind of came alive as we got there. Because I remember talking to Paul, the director, and not really knowing who the character was and he said, 'That's fine. It's going to be a lot of improvising.' And we got there, and the girls and myself, and started improvising, and the character kind of took off. He's completely wacky, and he needs to be rescued most of the time and probably does more harm than good, most of the time. Doesn't know how to answer the phone. Just hoping to get some free-rent. He's hoping that comes with the job, which it kind of does.
Hiddleston: Would you say, that maybe Thor is the greatest performance you've ever given and Kevin is much closer to home?
Hemsworth: Yes. Kevin is much more me.
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!
The film is directed by Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids), written by Feig and Katie Dippold, and produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal. Feig, Jessie Henderson, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell, Michele Imperato Stabile, and Dan Aykroyd are its executive producers. The cast features Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams and Chris Hemsworth.
Ghostbusters is due in theaters July 15, 2016.