You wouldn’t know it, to look at the thinly-threaded show, but TVs “Home & Away” (the melodramatic Downunder soapie featuring everyone’s favourite ‘flaming gallah‘ Alf) has produced some pretty big stars in it’s time – in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the last step for Aussie actors before super-stardom.
You only have to ask Isla Fisher (who played cutie-pie Shannon before going on to cutie-pie movie stardom), Melissa George (who played sweetheart Angel before snagging some big-time U.S TV gigs), Guy Pearce (who did a stint on the show just before “L.A Confidential”), Ryan Kwanten (now on U.S TV hit “True Blood”), Julian McMahon (who traded a surfboard for a surgery mask in “Nip/Tuck”),Â Simon Baker (now better known as The Mentalist), Lisa Lackey (now playing Greg Grunberg’s Mrs on TV hit “Heroes”), Heath ‘Kill the Batman’ Ledger, Naomi Watts (who reunited with Baker for “The Ring”), and Craig MacLachlan – OK, perhaps not Craig MacLachlan, but you get the picture.Â Get a job on “H & A” – get a Hollywood career.
Chris Hemsworth – who played Kim on the long-running series – is the next guy you’ll be hearing ‘Summer… what? Home and… what?” from.
Accoding to Nikki Fenke at Hollywood Deadline Daily, the young actor has bet a string of young blondie boys (including his own brother, LIam) to the role of Thor in Mavel’s pricey blockbuster.
Hemsworth, currently seen playing George Kirk in “Star Trek”, and next in Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods”, is Hollywood’s new ‘It Boy’ it seems.Â In addition to playing the muscly Fabio-esque superhero in Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor”, he’s also going to be heading up the cast of MGMs “Red Dawn” remake (playing the role Patick Swayze did in the 1984 original).
He’s also had to agree to reprising Thor for “The Avengers” film that’ll see him battling baddies alongside Robert Downey jr’s Iron Man, Samuel L.Jackson’s Nick Fury, and whoever replaced Edward Norton as The Hulk (in fact there’s already whispers that Helmsworth’s former co-star Ray Meagher (‘Alf’) may be the next Bruce Banner; do a Google Image search and you’ll not that’s a fib).