When Hemsworth signed on to play the role of Hulk Hogan in the Todd Phillips (Joker) biopic about that wrestler, little did anyone know that it was actually a wish of Hogan himself. Hulk Hogan said he wanted Australian Thor star to play him if they ever did a biopic.
Now as the story of the 1980s icon comes closer to making it to the big screen Hemsworth has been talking to Total Film about what he will have to go through in order to play the role:
“This movie is going to be a really fun project. As you can imagine, the preparation for the role will be insanely physical. I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor. There is the accent as well as the physicality and the attitude. I will also have to do a deep dive into the rabbit hole of the wrestling world, which I’m really looking forward to doing.
Look, I haven’t read a script yet. I know it’s being written now and worked on. I know very little about that. It’s sort of in the process now. I’m just fascinated by that world, and I think they’re pretty keen to show a side of the world that people haven’t seen before. I’m as intrigued as you are.”
The interview also covered dying his hair bright blonde, growing the trademark mustache and careful shaving to obtain the bald look.
Hogan was a championship winner in the WWF (WWE today after the World Wildlife Fund successfully sued for copyright infringement) who then made the jump to TV and movies with video games and advertising engagements along the way. More recently he suffered some personal issues and eventually had to deal with a sex-tape and a long lawsuit vs. Gawker.
The movie is expected to follow the 1980s rise of Hogan through the wrestling ranks and into Hulkmania, rather than deal with the decline and legal issues.
Netflix holds the pen on this and Hemsworth also has an Extraction sequel in flight with them. Thor: Love And Thunder is next up for him.