In life, a few things are obvious — grass is green, water is wet and internet commenters hiding behind their smartphones and keyboards will relentlessly tirade celebrities for their body shape. The latest person at the sharp end of internet misery? Hollywood legend and Marvel’s God of Thunder himself, the indescribably-muscular Chris Hemsworth.
After posting an image to his Instagram — which, judging by his shoulder-length blond wig and enormous tricep muscles, was taken on the set of Thor: Love and Thunder — of his son holding his hand while dressed as Superman, Hemsworth wrote “Holding my little man’s hand and asking him the age old question. “What do you want to be when you grow up” / “Dad i wanna be Superman” Lucky I have two other kids”.
It’s a wholesome post from Hemsworth, who received positive comments from the likes of Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Donald Cerrone. Scroll further on the post, however, and you’ll notice dozens of comments jabbing at Hemsworth for his comparatively less-muscular legs. “thor has been skipping the leg day,” posted one Instagram user, with another claiming that it’s “probably because Superman doesn’t skip Leg Day”. Even his brother, Luke Hemsworth, joined in the fray: “Bro?! You’ve been skipping leg days again?!” Check the post out below:
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For the uninitiated, 37-year-old Hemsworth has spent the last year packing on muscle for his eighth outing as the Norse God of Thunder — Thor: Love and Thunder drops in 2022 — and simultaneously prepping to play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming, as-yet unnamed wrestling biopic.
As part of his physical preparation for Hogan, Hemsworth has said that “I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor.” According to images he’s posted, this has included heavy-duty tyre work and push/pull work on weighted sleds. It’s hardly a secret that Hemsworth, no stranger to aggressive, full-body dumbbell work (dumbbell beast crawls, anyone?), doesn’t shy away from tough exercises.
It’s part of this grind that Hemsworth seems to have a love/hate relationship with, especially when it comes to third-party perception. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, he said, “For years I probably overtrained. People who do muscle-building often don’t realise it’s a sport that shouldn’t be seven days a week, two hours a day. I was doing that in the previous Thors, and was coming up sorer, with less energy.”
“The training across 10 years of doing it is a full-time job. That and then a 12-hour shooting day – it’s a real grind. It’s incredibly rewarding, too – you have to look at it like a professional athlete.”
Unfortunately, Hemsworth isn’t the first superhero-jacked Hollywood actor be condemned by the internet. In 2019, the “perma-beautiful” Game of Thrones, Aquaman and Justice League star Jason Momoa was labelled as having a “dad bod” after Us Weekly posted a paparazzi photo of him on the beach. One user commented: “Omg, what happened to the abs?” And another commented, “Seems to me he doesn’t have the same buff bod he had in Aquaman.“
Thankfully, others came to Momoa’s defence in the comments as well. User @lisabiancafit wrote “Lawdddd have mercy on us all.” Another user commented, “He’s gorgeous on and off camera!!! His body, face, heart and personality are beautiful! STOP HATING! YOU ARE EITHER JEALOUS OR HAVE NO TASTE! #shutuptrolls.”
Whether the comments — such as those made by his brother, Luke — aimed at Hemsworth were made in jest or are part of something far more uncomfortable remains to be seen. But when you’re navigating the internet and considering commenting on someone else’s body or physical shape, remember that it costs nothing to be kind and, crucially, that ‘kindness is caring for others, even when they may not care for you.’
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