Chris Hemsworth is one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to his role as Marvel Studios' Thor - but before he landed that role, the actor says he was almost cast in G.I. Joe, and as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
“I got very close to G.I. Joe," Hemsworth told Variety. Hemsworth would have played Duke - a role that ultimately went to Channing Tatum. “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.”
The role of Gambit in Wolverine ultimately went to Taylor Kitsch, while none other than Channing Tatum has been attached to a currently in limbo Gambit solo movie for several years.
One role Hemsworth did land was that of George Kirk, James T. Kirk's father, in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film. However, Hemsworth says he won't appear in an in-development sequel despite an apparent opportunity to reprise the role, following the character's death in the 2009 film.
“I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he reveals. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
Hemsworth's next big starring role is in Men In Black: International alongside his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson, due out June 14.