When I originally saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters, it didn’t occur to me that “Fat Thor” would catch on in the way it did. Though I remain indifferent about the character being taken in that direction, I must concede that it’s afforded True Believers the opportunity to assemble a much more affordable cosplay than in previous instances, not to mention becoming somewhat of a phenomenon on social media.
To my surprise, the Asgardian warrior remained rotund as the movie progressed. Seeing as how he’s an extremely powerful extraterrestrial being, I’d assumed he’d whip himself back into shape in short order, yet Thor actually kept the extra pounds during the climactic battle with Thanos and his forces.
Believe it or not, Chris Hemsworth actually preferred for his character to remain fat, and had to fight for him to stay that way, telling Variety the following:
“I like that anything goes. You’re not locked into expectations. I enjoyed that version of Thor. It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.”
Considering that Hemsworth had played Thor in numerous other flicks prior to Endgame, I find it entirely understandable he’d want to try something different this time around. As an actor, he’d likely prefer the role remain fresh.
Funny enough, this was also a big hit on the set:
“People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant. Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around. And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly. ‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”
Before we part ways, be sure to let us know in the comments section below if you dug Fat Thor in Avengers: Endgame. If not, feel free to make your case for the more classic version.