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2020-04-27

Extraction Chris Hemsworth on meeting the world's most courageous autograph seeker

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In the new thriller extraction there are at least half a dozen extended action sequences which are ridiculously impressive in scope and relentless in intensity. They all directly involve Chris Hemsworth, the Aussie Avengers star who plays a rugged mercenary trying to rescue an Indian drug lord's kidnapped son from every angle as countless criminals and corrupt cops attack. It is one of those movies that at the end of it has you catch your breath.

The action wasn't limited to setting, however.

Hemsworth was routinely stalked by fans while filming in India and Bangladesh, many who would chase his escort on mopeds, bikes, and tuk-tuks.

Hemsworth posted a video to Twitter earlier this week, showing a small group of men speeding in treacherous fashion alongside his car while trying to secure his autograph.

The actor, 36, told Yahoo Entertainment via Zoom, "They would just chase us to set, basically, and [at] every traffic light or whenever we'd slow down they'd be banging on the window trying to hand in cards." "I never saw that kind of enthusiasm. At times it was impressive and frightening." Hemsworth acknowledged that the man featured prominently in the video was the most extreme autograph seeker he encountered. And eventually the actor pulled over with him to sign and snap selfies. "It was so scary. I swear a few times, I was like, 'He's going to die.'" Fortunately, the high body count of the film didn't extend to autograph chasers for celebrities.

And the combat was real for Hemsworth.

"So exhausting," says the actor, 36, while breaking down the continuous, carefully choreographed shots from director Sam Hargrave. "You're not acting exhausted. You're struggling to breathe and throw that last punch at the end of each take." Hemsworth's highest body count is easily marked by the Netflix action thriller, with his increasingly bruised and battered Tyler Rake dispatching foes via gun shots and some, um, more creative methods at nearly John Wickian rate. And given who was behind the camera it makes sense.

First-time filmmaker Hargrave, who joined Hemsworth on the Zoom call, followed in the path of his mentors and John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, cutting his teeth on dozens of action films as a stunt coordinator, including several with Hemsworth's Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame).

Extraction, based on the comic Cuidad, has quite the MCU connection; it was produced by the co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo of Infinity War and Endgame, the latter also co-wrote the screenplay.