Liam Hemsworth covers GQ Men’s Style Australia on what’s forming the tail end of promotion for The Hunger Games (that quickly devolved into mall tours because those are still a thing after the 80s).
The movie’s being really heavily-promoted; over promoted, arguably. Because it’s only got so much reach outside of disenfranchised Twilight fans and tweens who’ll buy into the romance and tabloid stories about the lead cast. It’s becoming a little forced and try-hard. It’s everywhere and this is only the first in a series of films the studio appears desperate to make happen after sinking this amount into its marketing budget. The studio didn’t even push Twilight this hard, come to think of it. There’s just a desperation there that’s telling.
Hemsworth gives an interview that fairs a little better than the one in Details that was a long passive-aggressive slight against his character. Although GQ adds some footnotes about his appearance (completely accurate, incidentally, if you’ve seen him shirtless): “At 22, he’s still got the sinewy lank of adolescence; skinny legs, narrow at the waist, a torso that broadens into a V.”
On what he wanted to be as a kid: “I surfed competitively and made it to the state rounds where I was competing with the top surfers in Victoria. We travelled everywhere. All my friends were surfers. All we wanted to be was Kelly Slater.”
On losing Thor to brother Chris Hemsworth: “Look, Chris is six-and-a-half years older than me so there’s this thing where if I’d got Thor, that would have been weird. The way I look at this is, better Chris than someone else. Believe me, Chris and I spent most of our lives beating each other up. At this point, we’re just happy not to be fist-fighting over who gets to sit in the front seat.”
On his parents: “My parents are good people who do good things for others. It can be a challenging example to live up to.”
On being homesick: “My family and friends back in Australia have missed this part of my life; and it’s been a big part. That’s tough. I’m growing up without them. My parents don’t Skype. It’s tough with the time difference. I miss Australia a lot.”
Miley Cyrus recalls first meeting him when starring opposite him in The Last Song: “I got a little bit nervous about how big he was, in height. I was like, ‘I’m going to have to stand on apple boxes or something.’” - via GQ Men’s Style Magazine Australia.