Last Friday, Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth appeared on British chat show The Graham Norton Show, in which he enthusiastically spoke about his upcoming movie In the Heart of the Sea. Here's the trailer for the epic adventure thriller, which hits theaters on December 11:
Although the star was on the show to promote his new movie, it was a story that he shared from a few years ago that really gripped the audience. Unbeknown to many of his fans, Hemsworth actually spent some time in prison back in the day, but it wasn't because he had gotten on the wrong side of the law.
In fact, it appears that the actor spent some time behind bars preparing for his role as a computer hacker in Blackhat.
Revealing what went down, Hemsworth admitted:
"I was researching a film and we had to go in and basically see what the inside of a prison looked like and speak with prisoners who were willing to talk to us."
Entering the prison grounds, he felt fairly sure that nobody would really recognize him because he was wearing a hat. Yet, the prison wardens were quick to instruct him to take it off, forcing him to reveal the signature long blonde Thor ponytail.
Naturally, Chris was initially concerned that he would be instantly recognized, but he remembers being consoled by the thought that inmates probably didn't watch movies. He said:
"No, they don’t get 'Thor' in here, they’re not going to watch movies. I don’t know, I’d never been to prison. So, I assumed that."
And oh boy, was he wrong! In fact, walking past the countless rows of cells, the reaction to his Avengers alter ego was nothing like what he had expected, or could have ever prepared for.
"Thor's here, man... Thor! Thor!"
In particular, Chris recalled the intense experience of hearing the deafening noise of inmates heckling him:
"The moment I started walking through the cells … I just started getting heckled. It's like...'Thor’s here, man. …Thor! Thor! Where’s your hammer man?’ And I’m trying to blend in and ‘research,’ and I’m just getting heckled left and right. Come spend some time in my cell baby!"
Although he admits to having survived the experience, at the end of the day, he claims it was less like research, but more like a game of hide-and-seek as he hid his face from everyone as he passed through.
Either way, kudos for method acting attempts Chris -- it totally takes guts to enter a high-security prison when you're one of the most recognized Hollywood actors around, that's for sure!
Here is the prison conversation in full on 'The Graham Show':