“What I love about him, and I like to think I have, is a sort of childlike quality. That sense of fun and adventure is something I find appealing. “I had a taste of that kind of world, the drinking and everything. I was able to experience all that before I got to Hollywood.
After that I kept to myself a bit more.” Preparing for Rush was difficult. I’d much rather put on weight than have to lose weight.
It helps, says Hemsworth, that the reaction to the movie has been so positive. He wears a thick silver wedding band, a beaded string bracelet and a Mont Blanc watch.
“It was four-and-a-half hours from the nearest town. I went to a school that was made up of 60 [Aboriginal] kids between the ages of five and 17, all mashed into two classrooms.” Hemsworth didn’t feel like an outsider.
"If I had the opportunity to do it again, I think I'd love to.
"I also think there's an appetite for it now, or there's a far greater range of possibilities of where he can go now, what he can do, just because we've kind of broken the mold a bit." , is released on May 4.
“I find the American accent much easier.” During shooting of the movie, the actor Daniel Bruhl, who plays Lauda, could turn to Lauda himself, now 64, for advice about the most minute details - such as when he would put on his racing gloves before a race. “But the thing I found interesting,” says Hemsworth, “is that his ex-girlfriends all had very positive things to say about him.
Hemsworth - who admits he did not really know who Hunt was before reading the script - did not have anyone to consult. Over the last couple of years I’ve met three or four women who have said ‘I used to date James’ or ‘I slept with him’. He was drunk at his own wedding.” Hemsworth laughs. A little.” Born in Melbourne, Hemsworth is the middle of three brothers (Luke and Liam are actors too – Liam starred in The Hunger Games and is engaged to Miley Cyrus).