Six-feet-three Chris Hemsworth‘s star-making role was as literal Nordic god Thor in the Avengers series, so you’d think from here on out he’d be more than fit to play the part of any over-muscled man shy of, perhaps, a biopic of the guy who play The Mountain on Game of Thrones. And yet certain parts of the Internet are somehow under the impression that Hemsworth, whom most might describe as a chiseled-from-marble Michelangelo statue come to life, is just too small and scrawny to be deserving of his next part.
In case you missed it, earlier this week it was announced that Hemsworth would take on the role of none other than Hulk Hogan in an upcoming and so far untitled biopic (the film we concentrate on Hogan’s rise to the status of a uniquely American pop culture icon through professional wrestler, and not his later years as a VH1 “celebreality” star and destroyer of Gawker.com). To many, the casting seemed perfect. Who else out there with actual movie star credentials to play a muscled-up WWE star (okay, aside from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, an actual former WWE star)? His abs are so notoriously chiseled that Dakota Johnson admitted that she was regularly distracted by them on the set of their film Bad Times at the El Royale! We’re sure some segments of the Internet were just excited by the prospect of getting to see Hemsworth jumping about in Hogan’s trademark wrestling uniform of yellow European-cut trunks.
Turns out, however, that others think Hemsworth is, well, not quite swole enough to play Hogan.
As The Daily Mail points out, the backlash began in part when Bryan Alvarez, a wrestling commentator and former pro wrestler himself, claimed on a podcast that Hemsworth “just looks like a normal guy” and wasn’t developed enough to play Hogan, and also noted Hemsworth’s status as an Australian.
“‘He’s big, and yes he’s got long blond hair, but…have you seen Hulk Hogan in the ’80s? He’s at least twice the size of Thor,” Alvarez asked.
Other men with Twitter accounts were apparently apt to agree.
Though, other people were quick to point out that the casting of Hemsworth as Hogan was more than generous to Hogan in, well, other ways.
For the record, Hogan himself has been talking about how he has wanted Hemsworth to play him since at least 2013. “We need a serious actor that knows what he’s doing,” Hogan told a newspaper that year. “You know who I thought would be good? That guy that did that action movie Thor.”
All in all, Hemsworth might be a little shorter than the real six-feet-seven Hogan, a little more lithe, and a little more appealing in the face, but frankly that’s not shocking. That’s pretty much how Hollywood casts all of its roles. They seem to always go with someone smaller but better looking that the real specimen, and not even Hogan is exempt.
In any event, Netflix is reportedly in final negotiations to secure the movie, and Todd Philips will direct from a script by Scott Silver (the same pair behind Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming Joker movie). If people remain pressed that Hemsworth is still to small to play Hogan, they can take solace in the fact that there may be several more upcoming opportunities for actors of appropriate size to play the man if any of the numerous scripts about the downfall of Gawker currently circling around Hollywood ever get made.
18 Photos of Chris Hemsworth and His Glorious Superhero Physique
A young Chris Hemsworth attends the Star Trek Los Angeles premiere in 2009, wearing a slim fitting suit .
While out in Santa Monica with wife Elsa Pataky, Hemsworth shows off his toned biceps in a casual tee.
At the photocall for Thor in Madrid in 2011, Hemsworth wore his blonde locks combed over with a fitted navy button-up.
Rocking bleach blonde tips and chiseled abs, Hemsworth takes a trip to the beach for a quick surf.
Arriving at the taping of the Late Show With David Letterman in 2012, Hemsworth paired his blonde man bun with a fitted leather jacket.
Hemsworth showed off his toned arms while walking the streets of London.
While vacationing in Sydney, Australia, Hemsworth shows off his poolside toned abs wearing his hair in a sleek bun.
At Byron Bay in Australia, Hemsworth was spotted out surfing rocked his toned physique.
While out in Los Angeles, the Thor actor wore a sleeveless shirt that showed off his ripped biceps.
Taking a break from waves in Byron Bay, Hemsworth shows off his chiseled torso.
While hosting Saturday Night Live in 2015, Hemsworth shows off his toned abs during the sketch.
Hemsworth paired his toned physique with a baseball cap and sunglasses while out surfing in Australia.
The Thor actor is spotted surfing back at Byron Bay revealing his athletic physique.
Rocking tousled waves with his toned biceps and chiseled abs, Hemsworth looked relaxed at Byron Bay in Australia.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on July 19, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on January 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Molly Smith (C) and Chris Hemsworth attend The “12 Strong” World Premiere after party on January 16, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Chris Hemsworth is seen on April 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.