Chris Hemsworth Came Very Close to Playing Gambit Instead of Thor
Chris Hemsworth is now and will likely forever be best known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it’s now come to light that he almost played another very different beloved Marvel character in the form of Gambit. Though, it would have been in a movie that is anything but beloved, as he nearly landed the role of the card-throwing Cajun in the much-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
There is seemingly no rest for the wicked. Chris Hemsworth just got done not long ago with a massive press tour for Avengers: Endgame. Now, he’s started promoting Men In Black: International, which will reunite him with Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson. Not many actors get to take part in two major studio blockbusters within months of each other, but Hemsworth is one of them. However, his career could have taken a very different turn, as revealed in a recent interview.
The 35-year-old Aussie actor got his shot on a series called Home and Away, but after leaving that, it took him a while to get a big break. He got a little screen time in the cold open of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek as George Kirk, which eventually helped him land the Thor gig. But in a recent interview, he reveals he was this close to starring in both G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and, more interestingly, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Here’s what Hemsworth had to say about it.
“I got very close to ‘GI Joe.’ I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine ‘X-Men’ movies.’ At the time I was upset. I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
Taylor Kitsch ultimately went on to play Gambit in the movie alongside Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. That movie, though considered to be a low point for the X-Men franchise, also served as Ryan Reynolds’, admittedly terrible, introduction to the role of Deadpool. While Chris Hemsworth certainly might have made a good Gambit, it’s hard to argue against the way things worked out. The solo Thor movies, to date, have grossed a grand total of $1.94 billion worldwide. Aside from that, The Avengers franchise that he helps to anchor has brought in a staggering $7.6 million.
Another interesting connection here; Channing Tatum eventually was cast in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Tatum, for his part, was trying desperately to get a Gambit movie made and it was in active development for several years before the Disney merger with Fox closed in March. Various directors spent time on the project, but it was something Fox and Tatum simply weren’t able to crack. It’s since been scrapped. So, for now, fans are still waiting to see a version of the beloved mutant on screen that feels worthy. Would it have been different with Hemsworth? We’ll never know. This news was first reported by Variety.