You’d be hard-pressed to find a more hated film back in 2016 than the Ghostbusters reboot. The way some fans were screaming back then, you’d have thought the original film was literally everyone’s all-time favorite films. The film came and went with little fanfare, though while it still may be considered a stain on the franchise for some folks, there was at least one great thing to come from it.
Actor Chris Hemsworth, who played the thickheaded assistant to the Ghostbusters, Kevin, opened up to Esquire about his work on the film, and how it prepped him for work to come — namely, for Thor: Ragnarok.
“That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on set, and probably my real jumping-in point to improvisation. Prior to that, I’d always wanted to be very confident in the fact that I knew exactly what was on the page, and I had my options worked out and I knew where the scene was going to go. Playing it safe, to a degree. And we just threw all that out the window in that film, and it really opened up a whole other side to my sort of process, I think.”
“From Thor 3, definitely, it became hugely improvised. And I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with Paul prior to that. And I’ve done Saturday Night Live a couple of times; I have a movie called Vacation. So by the time I got to Thor 3, I was incredibly enthusiastic to do it. Taika Waititi, the director, had the same opinion. And we carried that into Avengers.”
Of course, the rest is history. Thor: Ragnarok ended up injecting all-new life into the character and the franchise. It wiped the slate clean of everything that hadn’t worked up until that point, and added a ridiculous comedy element that worked for it.
Like it or not, it sounds like we can at least partially thank Ghostbusters for that.
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