Chris Hemsworth Nearly Turned Down Being the Huntsman

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"My initial reaction was 'I don't want to do another fantastical film with a weapon that's not too far from a hammer.'"

The fairy tale reimagining Snow White and the Huntsman has become overshadowed by the scandal of the alleged affair between director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart. It reportedly led to Stewart quitting her role in romantic drama Cali so that she can sort out her personal life and lie low for a while. And there is talk that Sanders may not direct the planned Snow White sequel because of pressure from his wife to stay away from Stewart.

It was Thor star Chris Hemsworth who played the huntsman - and in a recent interview he revealed he had doubts about appearing in the film in the first place.

Speaking in the Sunday Times, Hemsworth said: "My initial reaction was 'I don't want to do another fantastical film with a weapon that's not too far from a hammer.'"

He's referring, of course, to the similarity between Thor's Mjolnir and the huntsman's axe.

Chris went on: "Then I had a meeting with Rupert Sanders and I just kind of fell in love with what he had in mind. The idea was to make it different, much dirtier, rougher. We wanted to feel like he was a man of the forest and the earth."

Hemsworth is rumoured to have beaten Viggo Mortensen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Johnny Depp to play the character - who's called the woodsman in the original German folk tale - but he modestly shrugs off the suggestion of star status: "I don't know whether they were asked to do it and didn't want to, and I was the only one."

So what did he think of Relativity Media's rival adaptation Mirror Mirror, directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Sean Bean?

"When it first came up that there was another Snow White movie, my initial reaction was 'Oh s**t.' Pretty soon I realised theirs is in the realm of a comedy, this is on a much more epic scale," he says.

And it seemed to be Hemsworth's version that won the box office battle, making $389 million worldwide compared with Mirror Mirror's $163 million tally. (OP note: lol damn, get that money) No surprise that Universal wants a sequel, even if Sanders' involvement looks unlikely at this stage.

The project would also need to recast elder dwarf Muir, following Bob Hoskins' recently announced retirement from acting because of his battle with Parkinson's disease.

In the meantime, Hemsworth this month begins filming Marvel's sequel Thor: The Dark World. Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki alongside new baddie Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim.

Directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), Thor: The Dark World is released on November 8, 2013.