It’s time to get to know another Hemsworth; 33-year-old Luke, the eldest of the dynamic Aussie acting clan that includes Chris (Thor) and Liam (The Hunger Games). Hemsworth has several projects in the pipeline and is currently worth checking out as one of several fun supporting players in the Australian black comedy Kill Me Three Times, which hit On Demand and theaters April 10.
Playboy recently spoke with Hemsworth about his role in the Kriv Stenders-directed comic thriller, which revolves around an unpredictable assassin (Simon Pegg), a cast of mostly nefarious characters he meets on the job (Hemsworth, Alice Braga, Sullivan Stapleton, Teresa Palmer), and the bloody mess they all make whilst gunning for a quick (and violent) buck. We also touched on a few other important topics like Hemsworth brother superlatives and our Lucky 7, the latter of which resulted in the most magical Guns N’ Roses serenade, it should not be difficult to understand why Luke has supplanted Chris as our favorite Hemsworth.
This film doesn’t exactly fit into one genre category, how was it pitched to you?
It’s interesting. It was always a noir thriller. At the time it was pitched to me I don’t think the tone had really been set and Simon Pegg was the one who really said, “This is the tone of our film,” and everyone kind of fell into that groove and that was ultimately what the film became but yeah, it was always a tough sell in terms of what exactly the end product was going to be exactly.
In seeing the first trailer, hard to tell exactly what’s going on, but you’re very interested in seeing things play out.
Yeah, look me too. Most of the response has been positive so far, but there’s definitely a danger there in it being misconstrued for something it’s not. I think ultimately the thing for us was that it was always playful. It was a playful set to a certain degree, there’s always moments that have credible weight that have to be dealt with properly but most of the time, there was an ability to deal with the bloodletting and the bloodlust in a way that was fun and kept everyone sane, which is a great relief. There is a fine line, between a lot of the cartoonish elements and characters, I hope we provided a bit of grounding and realism, that was always my approach, to make it a credibly real experience with the right amount of wink.
Did you pick up any skills during the shoot that you can now proudly put on your resume?
Hitting Simon Pegg in the back of the head with a rubber gun? That’s a good one! [Laughs]. I’ll gladly put it all on my resume. What’s really funny is that one of my first real jobs is I worked at a gas station. I pumped gas for people when I was 15 years old, so it was familiar territory. I changed tires.
That’s good, honest hard work.
I know what it’s like to get my hands dirty, one way or another. [Laughs]
A couple of Hemsworth boys superlatives… Who has the best hair?
Who holds his liquor best?
Who would survive in the Outback the best?
Who would survive an Outback Steakhouse the best?
[Laughs] Liam. He’s a restaurant connoisseur.
What was your first encounter with Playboy?
[Laughs.] It was probably at a friend-of-a-friend’s house. It would’ve been foreign territory I reckon. I was probably 12 years old, I remember one sitting on a coffee table and going, “What the hell is this?” It was friends of [my parents], I know exactly who but I’m not going to say. I can see it now, sitting on the coffee table…
What movie scared you most as a kid?
The Exorcist. I remember watching The Exorcist when I was 12. My parents had gone out, we had a babysitter and for some reason I was alone upstairs watching The Exorcist. It was a really windy night and I can remember the windows — what used to happen was the windows upstairs used to flex and make this weird banging noise. I remember being so absolutely petrified and to this day I still I watch the film and think, “It’s not that scary,” and then there’s a point where I think, “Yeah, you know what? You got me.”
What’s your pop-culture blind spot?
I cannot do reality TV, absolutely. I reckon I watched the first season of Big Brother in Australia and I never watched anything else again. My cousin has been on My Kitchen Rules and I have still never watched it.
Let’s pretend you’re on death row: What’s your last meal?
Ooh, I cannot go past a good steak. A wagyu beef steak, medium rare. I’m simple. Steak, potatoes. I’d even go frozen peas, I like frozen peas, not cooked peas.
What was your first car?
An Alfetta 20, Alfa Romeo 20. I could see the road between my legs because it was so rusted. It had a hole in the exhaust and it sounded awesome because of the hole. It lasted a few years, it got me from A-to-B for a while.
What’s your favorite mistake?
The only thing I can think of is my art teacher in grade six, she had the most wonderful attitude to drawing and painting. She said, “There’s no such thing as a mistake, everything is part of that artwork.” And that’s something that’s always stuck with me: There’s no mistakes, it’s always what’s meant to be.
What was the first song you knew all the words to?
Guns N’ Roses. What was the name of the song? I probably [knew] all of the songs on Use Your Illusion II — the Terminator 2 song. Oh, what was it called? “You Could Be Mine”! [Bursts into a full Axl serenade] “Youuuuu coullld be miii-eee-yiiiine! But yooourrr soooo out of tiii-eeee-yime! With your bitch slap rappin’ and your cocaine tongue you get nuuuuuuuuthin duuun, I said YOUUUUuuuu could be miii-eee-yiiiine!”