For 11 years, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has been the perfect Marvel superhero, portraying Thor, the invincible God of Thunder, with his mighty power, unmatched strength, and eternal youth.
But that’s Hollywood.
In real life, the 39-year-old feels a bit more vulnerable and, in the name of science, has raised his hand to be a human guinea pig.
In a six-part National Geographic Disney+ series directed by Darren Aronofsky (The whale), the Byron Bay father-of-three is trading in his fantasy studio and SGI shenanigans for some truly insane death-defying stunts.
No hammer or gold-plated chest armor in sight, Unlimited shows Hemsworth pushing his body…well…to the limit, all in the name of science.
Hanging from a skyscraper crane hundreds of meters above the ground, submerged underwater with his hands tied or holding his breath for minutes, Hemsworth wants to explore the potential of the human body and how to defy aging.
“It was one extreme after another: a series of science experiments where I was the guinea pig,” says Hemsworth. Weekly entertainment.
“I was in awe of the people I was working with who were doing this day in and day out. But I also gained a beautiful understanding and appreciation of how amazing the human body and mind are, and the potential we all have.”
Why are you doing that?
Hemsworth asks himself the same question.
“Disney wanted to make a show about longevity,” he says in the new trailer.
“I’m getting older now, I don’t feel invincible.
“It makes me want to try so hard and live as long as I can and continue to make the most of every moment.
The official Disney The synopsis reads: “New scientific research is shattering conventional wisdom about the human body and offering fascinating insights into how we can all unlock our bodies’ superpowers to fight disease, perform better, and even reverse the aging process!
“This science is put to the test by Hemsworth, who, despite being in superhero prime, is on a personal mission to learn how to stay young, healthy, strong and resilient.”
When Hemsworth was asked what made him nervous about a challenge the pundits had in store for him, he replied, “Ah, death is usually the most important, yes.”
They tell him that they are going to “change his body to reboot his system.”
“We’re basically going to need Chris Hemsworth 2.0,” says a trainer.
Push harder, live longer is the motto
Hemsworth is the perfect subject for the show.
He’s in perfect shape and, as his regular Instagram posts show, he’s dedicated to training every day, lifting weights, suggesting how to do rests and reps, and alternating lunges and dumbbell curls.
Aronofsky, who previously directed a strange rock Y welcome to earth by National Geographicdeveloped the idea of Unlimited by a personal interest in mortality and the burgeoning anti-aging industry, according to ew.
His 2006 film The fountain it also contributed to his fascination with living a long time.
“There is this very normal human fear of death that has become a huge talking point in the culture right now,” he said.
“Mainly because boomers are getting really old and all of a sudden a lot of resources are going into longevity science.
“All the biggest tech companies have all these departments and wings that are looking into it.”
“There was this throwaway line in The fountainwhich is, ‘Death is a disease, and I’m going to cure it’… I remember when that line was in the movie, I debated if it was too crazy a line to stick in the movie and [whether] people would think it was ridiculous.
“Now, it seems that a lot of people are taking it seriously.”
His brothers Luke and Liam reportedly joined Hemsworth on his journey to the Arctic.
“That was a super tough and scary experience,” Aronofsky said.
“It was really dangerous. You’re asking Chris Hemsworth, one of the biggest stars in the world, to swim in the Arctic.
“Seeing him rise to that occasion was spectacular.”