‘You have to pinch yourself when you’re on set,’ ‘Hunger Games’ star says of filming ‘Expendables 2.’
By Kara Warner
Tall, dark and talented, Aussie-born actor Liam Hemsworth first came to our attention when he was cast opposite Miley Cyrus in 2010’s weepy romance “The Last Song.” Although all eyes were on Cyrus in her first big role outside “Hannah Montana” or Disney, Hemsworth more than held his own opposite the teen phenom. The fact that he and Cyrus became a couple in real life didn’t exactly keep him out of the spotlight either, not to mention that he was often spotted in support of his older brother Chris Hemsworth’s projects.
With roles in two of the year’s most anticipated films, “The Hunger Games” and “The Expendables 2” — both likely blockbusters and huge vote getters in our Movie Brawl —. Hemsworth is poised to be one of 2012’s brightest stars, so it makes perfect sense that he’s one of our Ones to Watch this year.
We’re counting down the days until we get to see him as Gale Hawthorne in the big-screen version of Suzanne Collins’ bestseller on March 23, followed by the arrival of “Expendables 2” in August. MTV News recently caught up with the man himself to see what has him excited about his projects this year.
“I’m excited for ‘The Hunger Games’ to come out; I’m excited to see it,” he said. “I just shot ‘Expendables 2’ … That’s another film that I want to go see. It will be weird that I’m in it.”
Hemsworth admitted that he was a bit starstruck on the set of “Expendables 2,” given that the cast is chock-full of Hollywood’s most celebrated action stars.
“I grew up watching these guys and their movies, and then all of a sudden you have to pinch yourself when you’re on set. You’re looking at [Sylvester] Stallone, [Jason] Statham, [Randy] Couture, Terry Crews, [Jean-Claude] Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren,” he said. “It’s silly, it really is.
“You couldn’t ask for a bunch of better guys than them,” Hemsworth added. “They’re so professional, good guys, so welcoming. That can be such a daunting thing for an actor to come on set with those guys, and they honestly couldn’t have been nicer. They’re just amazing.”
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