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Jul 16

Australian actor Liam Hemsworth says his fighter pilot character in Independence Day sequel is ‘a real human being’ who ‘messes up’

Liam Hemsworth was just six years old when he watched Hollywood superstar Will Smith punch an alien in Roland Emmerich’s 1996 sci-fi disaster epic Independence Day.

Twenty years later, the Australian actor wallops his own extraterrestrial in the alien invasion blockbuster’s sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence (IDR), which opens here tomorrow.

Playing smart-talking US fighter pilot Jake Morrison, Hemsworth said the original scene left an impression.

The 26-year-old confessed to preferring to watch movies over playing outdoors as a kid. He told M at the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel in Australia of his memory of the film: “I was like, ‘My God it’s an alien’. I’d never seen anything like that at the time.”

Hemsworth shares top billing with returning star Jeff Goldblum in IDR. It is set 20 years after the first film, which ended with the annihilation of half of Earth’s population.

He leads a cast of newcomers who are trying to defend our planet from a second, more vicious alien attack.

Of his character, Hemsworth said: “I wanted to make him a real human being, self-deprecating and making mistakes.

“I just didn’t want to be this cool fighter pilot who was going to save the world.

“I wanted him to be Han Solo (of the Star Wars movies) in that way, where he messes up all the time.

“He’s a smart-ass. All these things make him more likeable and interesting.”

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Hemsworth, who is best known for portraying Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games franchise, has consistently been on the radar with his big-screen roles in action flicks like The Expendables 2, Paranoia and Empire State.

But he was also in the spotlight for his on-off relationship with US singer-actress Miley Cyrus, 23, who he met on the set of 2010 romantic drama The Last Song.

The couple got engaged in 2012, broke up a year later and were rumoured to be engaged again earlier this year.

Questions about Cyrus were off-limits for our interview and he was curt in his reply about the rivalry between him and his older (and arguably more famous) brother Chris Hemsworth, 32, of Thor fame.

He said: “We are brothers and we are both actors but (comparison) is not something I worry about.

“I can’t control it, so it doesn’t bother me.”

Perhaps IDR could be the film that finally takes him out of his brother’s shadow.

After all, Independence Day catapulted Smith to movie stardom, broke box office records and was the highest grossing film of 1996.

I wanted him to be Han Solo in that way, where he messes up all the time. He’s a smart-ass. All these things make him more likeable and interesting.

Smith had been in talks with German director Emmerich, 60, about a follow-up for years but was eventually unable to join the cast because he was “too expensive” and had other work commitments, according to reports.

Nonetheless, Emmerich expressed confidence that Hemsworth and the new cast, which includes Chinese actress Angelababy, will attract a new audience.

He said new technology to create a visual effects spectacle was one of the reasons why he made IDR despite being “not big on sequels”.

He added: “It made my career and I was asked (for) years and years and years to do a sequel.”

Hemsworth said he was sold on Emmerich’s vision for the film.

As his character was not flying a conventional fighter jet, he did not need to go through flight training.

Hemsworth, who became a vegan to get in shape for the part, described the challenges of shooting the flying scenes: “You are sitting in a seat and then you have to make the scene come alive.

‘SCARY’

“The writers were on their mics and they would just yell at us all day long and guide us on each scene and turn.

“They would yell it, and you would react to that, which in the beginning was scary and really difficult.”

He added: “I’ve done a lot of visual effects films. The flying stuff (in IDR) was a lot different from anything I’ve done before… and with this film, it’s go big with everything. You can’t be subtle.

“To have the chance to work with Roland, Jeff and everyone surrounding it is a huge opportunity for me.”

Source: The New Paper


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Jun 16

CASA DEL Mar, a former 1920s seaside pleasure palace, overlooks one of those LA views right off an Eagles album cover: Santa Monica palm trees and ferris wheel backlit against a punchy blue sky. Screams of gaiety ebb and flow above the idyllic hiss of the Pacific fizzing on to sand.

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It’s another perfect day in California, and Hollywood Aussie boy made very, very good Liam Hemsworth strolls in. It would take a lot to distract anyone from the magnificent view flooding the penthouse suite. But he manages it.
“It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?” he proffers, shaking my hand. Hemsworth has only had to come down the road from his Malibu perch, a hornet’s nest of paparazzi as the global media circus speculates whether his engagement to pop star Miley Cyrus is, indeed, back on.

I have been respectfully reminded by his publicist there is to be “No Miley” in our interview. No frigging way. “It’s the first thing I’ll ask,” I tell the French PR, giving her an early sampler of Aussie humour. Still, while Hemsworth might not want to talk about it, everyone else does.

It’s the double-fabulous rule, that couple narrative that taps powerfully into the celebrity-circus psyche — the onscreen romance (in 2009’s The Last Song), the rock on the finger in 2012 — with gossip-site interest reaching fever pitch when the pair broke up in 2013 (shortly after Cyrus took an axe to her Disney image with her infamous twerking at the MTV Music Awards).

When the pair ostensibly resumed their relationship in early 2016, with Cyrus in Byron Bay (where Liam’s brother Chris has relocated his family) over New Year’s and again in April, rumours of a re-engagement ricocheted around cyberspace.

Last Sunday Hemsworth posted a photo of himself and Cyrus with late boxing legend Muhammad Ali to Instagram, with the caption: “I’ll never forget the day we met the toughest man on the planet.” And the Aussie star conceded to Australian GQ last month, “People will figure it out, they already have. They’re not dumb.” No, just really, really into it.

So how does it feel being in the eye of the storm?
“I just want people to be respectful of my privacy,” he clarifies. “I don’t go out of my way to attract that kind of attention, or feel I owe anyone a show and tell. Some [other celebrities] don’t mind, but I like to keep my personal life apart and keep the noise at bay.”

What about when fame first hit?

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Jun 16

That’s gotta hurt! Liam Hemsworth is hit in the face with a bowling ball during interview with mischievous Beau Ryan on The NRL Footy Show

He has one of the most handsome faces gracing the Hollywood screens.

So it was no wonder fans gasped for breath on Wednesday night after Liam Hemsworth was hit in the face with a bowling ball.

The 26-year-old actor left viewers of the NRL Footy Show at the edge of their seats after interviewer Beau Ryan swung the heavy weight in his direction.

As the ball hit the star, viewers watched as he fell off the corner of the lounge and landed on the floor while clutching his face.

Following the series of unfortunate events the Channel Nine program replayed the incident which reassured fans the ball was in fact a soft replica.

During the interview the Liam and Beau showed off their down to earth personalities and enjoyed a game of bowling and a round of car racing.

While Beau showed Liam his best bowling arm, the actor revealed the reason he initially went vegan.

‘Originally I did it two years ago because Woody Harrelson told me to do it,’ Liam began.

‘He is a good friend of mine because we did the Hunger Games together and he has been vegan for like 30 years or something and is one of the most healthy, happy, energetic people I have met. It has been a year and I haven’t gone back.’

After hearing the tale, Beau suffered from a moment of over-sharing and revealed to the Aussie hunk that he had recently taken part in a round of colon hydrotherapy.

According to Detoxologie colon hydrotherapy uses ‘gentle, filtered and temperature controlled water for inner cleansing of the colon, essentially “cleaning the pipes”.’

Liam displayed a shocked facial expression as Beau continued to go into detail about the small procedure.

Lying flat on his back on the lounge, he explained ‘I had to sit like this’ to which Liam then walked towards him and stood in-between his legs.

‘And then the tube went like this right,’ he asked as he lowered his hands to the same level as the sportsman.
Following the awkward re-enactment, Liam asked: ‘How was that? You didn’t mind it aye?’.

The actor was appeared on the NRL Footy Show to promote his upcoming film, Independence Day 2: Resurgence.

Source: Daily Mial


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Jun 16

Just as the trailer for Independence Day Resurgence (IDR) shows the Burj Khalifa being elevated and inverted by alien forces, so Dubai was turned upside down yesterday with the secret arrival of the movie’s stars Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. Accompanied by director Roland Emmerich, the sequel’s worldwide promotional tour is in full force despite the picture not opening in the UAE until the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

As rare as it is for Dubai to be a focus for Hollywood movie marketing, it is even rarer to welcome two A-list stars at the same time. Attending a lunchtime press conference at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, the duo and filmmaker answered questions about the film; although it was clear to see when rating each of the performances, form is temporary, class is permanent.

Much fuss was understandably created when it was learned the hunky Hunger Games Hemsworth brother would be gracing our shores, although it was veteran The Fly and Jurassic Park actor Goldblum who really stole the show.

Making sure to face everyone in screen 17 in turn, so everybody got a decent photo, and going off on random tangents when asked a question, which continued to bring the house down, Goldblum’s eccentricities outclassed the younger actor’s more clinical display.

“You’ve never played a boxer at all?” Goldblum at one point asked a slightly taken aback Hemsworth after he had spoken about fighting aliens in this movie. “Max Baer Jr., wasn’t he heavyweight champion of the world? No, Max Baer Sr.! Max Baer Jr. was in The Beverly Hillbillies. I bet you look a little like Max Baer Sr.”

“Here we go again,” said Emmerich with a laugh. “The whole shoot was like that.”

“I like to keep thinking,” replied Goldblum.

“I could listen to Jeff talk all day. I just smile and nod,” Hemsworth said. Here’s the rest of the interaction.

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On his character in IDR
I play Jake Morrison. He lost his parents in the first attack and grew up in an orphanage. He wants to join the military from a young age. He becomes a fighter pilot and ends up in the elite squadron.

He has a rivalry with Dylan Hiller who is Will Smith’s character from the first movie. He makes a bad decision, which almost gets Hiller killed and so he has his wings temporarily clipped and is sent to do maintenance on the moon.

How he prepared.
I fly a lot of spaceships and I do like video games a lot. That was already built into me.

What he brought to the role.
One of the things that always stood out for me from the first film was when Will Smith punches the alien in the face. Originally we never had a physical altercation with the aliens. I approached Roland and the writers to see if we could have something similar. Now we’ve got a great scene.

Source: Khaleej Times


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May 16

Two decades after being mesmerized by Will Smith’s performance in Independence Day, Hollywood’s new golden boy has been given the opportunity to follow suit

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Liam Hemsworth was 7 when he first watched Independence Day. His parents didn’t want him to see the film, but he and his older brothers, Luke and Chris, sneaked into the den one night and popped in the VHS cassette. “Seeing Will Smith punching an alien in the face was a pretty pivotal point in my life,” the actor says.

Hemsworth is sitting on a scruffy Ikea couch in a dressing room at a studio in Woodland Hills, California. It’s not the glamorous setting you might expect for a young actor who had a leading role in the blockbusting Hunger Games franchise and who this month stars in Independence Day: Resurgence, which also seems destined for success.

If seeing Will Smith punch an alien in the face did help inspire Hemsworth’s acting career, then his latest role has a neat circularity to it. His character in the sequel serves as a kind of surrogate for the one Smith played back in 1996 (the actor reportedly opted out of participating this time around). Hemsworth plays a fighter pilot named Jake Morrison — “Not your typical cool guy” — who’s a bit of a renegade, a wisecracker, and no friend to the alien invaders. Sound familiar?

There are other similarities between the actors. Will Smith was 27 when he appeared in the original Independence Day. Liam Hemsworth is 26. Both men are athletic and handsome. And both were pegged by executives at 20th Century Fox as safe bets to head up a big-money sci-fi spectacular.

If Hemsworth is daunted by the prospect of following in his childhood hero’s footsteps — and of trying to match the box-office success of the original, which has made more than $817 million to date — he doesn’t show it.

When director Roland Emmerich approached him about starring in the sequel, in fact, he came close to saying no. He’d just wrapped his fourth Hunger Games film, and the idea of a belated sci-fi sequel seemed like something that could easily go awry.

“I honestly did have concerns about it before I met Roland,” he says. “And then when I sat down with him, he made me feel really good about it. The fact that he was excited about making another one — I just had to trust him.”

Independence Day: Resurgence, which Hemsworth shot in New Mexico for four and a half months last summer, takes place 20 years after the first film. Earth is now sheltered by a massive defense system, but of course the aliens attack, creating the need for a wise-cracking renegade pilot to stop them. The question now is: How do you go one better than an exploding White House, as per the original?

“That’s what everyone else has been saying: ‘How do you top it?’ ” Hemsworth says with a laugh. “It’s just a million times bigger than the first one.”

There’s also the question about how Hemsworth will stack up against the franchise’s original hero. Smith put in such a masterfully wry performance in the first film that the character became a part of cinematic lore. Hemsworth, for his part, is best known for playing the troubled Gale Hawthorne — an enigmatic and engaging character, but not one who is exactly brimming with sly wit — in the Hunger Games films.

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May 16

Liam Hemsworth says he no longer bases his career decisions on what the press say about his personal life, having spent years learning to swerve the “paparazzi bullshit” that has a habit of following him around.

Liam may have followed a certain Chris to Los Angeles – but he’s creating his own path, flying into the year’s most anticipated blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence and living a laid-back life. With or without Miley.

On a recent Monday, Liam Hemsworth was engaged to Miley Cyrus. Come Friday, it was said to be over. That weekend she was pictured riding shotgun in a white Maserati through Malibu, near where she lives, with a “mystery man”. Later, she dined with Chris Hemsworth’s wife, Elsa Pataky, at the elevated West Hollywood haunt Soho House.

We’re not sure whether she had the kale and ricotta salata or helped herself to the buffet – both are worthy, the latter perhaps a little too meaty for the young vegan popette – but the luncheon suggested that she was, “obviously”, set to soon skip down the aisle with the Aussie actor.

What a fucking circus. Little wonder the kid sat opposite GQ today – and at 26, he is still a kid – shields himself from the daily tabloid dribble; that god-awful faux-journalism that attempts to ‘reveal’ the goings-on of his personal life.

He didn’t always. He was younger – less clear about the game. Because it is a game. An idiotic, race-to-the-bottom game where editors and their sty of hacks deliver muck masquerading as fact – churning headlines and copy that make about as much sense as Ricky Gervais’ New Romantic pop period. Or anyone still attending Coachella.

Lowering himself to this level brought the young Hemsworth pain. He made choices, he admits, on the basis of what was written. It’s not a mistake he’d make today.

“I don’t read or listen to the press – and these days I don’t base my decisions on it at all. I base all my decisions on what’s happening in front of me and I’m much happier by doing that.”

This is all delivered with a slight wince – Hemsworth’s bare toes scraping his unease into the grass under foot, his gaze locked on the brilliant spring sun that’s melting into a nearby hill separating us from Malibu’s Zuma Beach.

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May 16

It’s not often people put the word “emasculating” in the same sentence as Liam Hemsworth, but the Independence Day: Resurgence star tells PEOPLE his latest water adventure made him feel less than manly.

Hemsworth was chosen as the “sixth man” on Britain’s America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, in New York City on Friday as they prepare to race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series beginning on Saturday.

“It was pretty incredible” Hemsworth told PEOPLE after completing the morning race on a windy and rainy day on the water. “In a way, a little emasculating, actually, because basically I’m just sitting there holding onto a net.”

Game of Thrones’s Alfie Allen also did a practice round with the Land Rover team.

Hemsworth says he gained a new perspective on the hard work that goes into racing.

“I have so much more respect after having seen it first-hand what these guys do because it’s incredible – the coordination between them, the way they communicate – it’s all very short and sharp and loud and to the point but just how they’re all working together simultaneously, it’s amazing to see,” he says.

Though the movie star says he wasn’t nervous before getting on the boat, he started to feel uneasy when they were warming up.

Source: People


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