Marvel's Chris Hemsworth Is Taking A Break From Acting

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok

The last couple years have been quite busy for Chris Hemsworth. Between shooting Thor: Ragnarok in the latter half of 2016 and working on 12 Strong, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 in 2017, he's had few opportunities to kick back and relax. More importantly, though, is that all this work has kept him away from his family, and with a five and a half-year-old daughter and twin boys who are three and a half-years old, the actor realizes he needs to treasure these times. So once he's done with his next project, Hemsworth will take at least six months off of acting. As he explained:

I want to be able to take the kids to school. I may even be off all year. Maybe. It's time to just cash in and check out and surf for the rest of my life.

Chris Hemsworth was joking in the last part of that quote, though with all they money he's collected from his Thor performances since 2011, he probably does have enough to ensure that his family is comfortable in Australia and he can spend his days surfing. However, it sounds like he just needs extra time to catch his breath and put in some much-needed family bonding time, and eventually he'll get to a point where he's ready to go back in front of the camera again. For now, Hemsworth's next project is a thriller starring Jeff Bridges, which will begin filming in March in Vancouver. Once that's completed, his extended vacation will begin.

While speaking with The Times, Chris Hemsworth also mentioned that originally he and his wife, Elsa Pataky, agreed that neither of them would be gone for more than two weeks at a time, but as time passed, the numbers of weeks starting increasing. Hemsworth recalled:

Then it became three weeks and then it was three and a half weeks. That was brutal. I'd be walking out of the door and [the kids] would start crying, 'Don't go!' I just couldn't handle it, so I'd be like, 'I'll bring you back a present.' And they're like, 'Oh, OK.' Their mood changes. Now every time I come back it's not even like, 'Hey, Dad,' it's just, 'What did you get me?' I see Elsa prepping them as I'm coming towards the door: 'Make sure to tell him, "Hello, I love you," first.' My daughter's bottom lip starts to quiver and she's like, 'Present?'

Nowadays Chris Hemsworth says his children aren't really bothered when he heads off to shoot another project, which the actor admitted he finds "just as scary." So by taking a break from the movie-making world, he'll be able to be around them more and appreciate these special years of their lives. Maybe Hemsworth can also use this extra time to make bigger Thor fans out of his children, as he noted that one of his boys is currently all-in on Wonder Woman right now, declaring that Diana of Themyscira is "stronger" than the God of Thunder.

Even though he'll be taking an acting hiatus in the coming months, Chris Hemsworth won't disappear from the big screen anytime soon. He can currently be seen in theaters as Captain Mitch Nelson in 12 Strong, and he'll be back for his seventh Thor appearance (which is including his Doctor Strange cameo) when Avengers: Infinity War arrives on May 4.

Adam Holmes
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