THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
LIAM HEMSWORTH (Gale Hawthorne) has a quiet intensity that
transcends the big screen. Demonstrating versatility and skill in a range of
performances, Hemsworth has proven to be one of the most sought after actors of
Hemsworth, who starred in two of last year's biggest box office hits—The
Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, and Expendables 2, directed by Simon
West—can now be seen starring opposite Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in the high
stakes thriller Paranoia, directed by Robert Luketic. In addition, he has
completed production on the feature film drama Empire State with director Dito
Montiel and co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts. He will soon begin lensing
the crime thriller Cut Bank, co-starring John Malkovich, Ben Kinglsey and
Born in Melborne, Australia, Hemsworth grew up surfing on Phillip Island. The
youngest of three boys, Hemsworth always loved movies. Though he never dreamed
of becoming an actor as a young kid, he would sit down and watch movies all day
long. At the age of 17, having observed his two older brothers Luke and Chris do
television shows in Australia, Hemsworth decided he too wanted to pursue acting
seriously. He enrolled in acting classes, got an agent and started auditioning.
Hemsworth quickly landed his first big acting job on Australia's popular TV
series Home and Away and from there went on to book a role on Australia's most
successful TV show Neighbors.
Landing his first film role in the feature film Triangle, Hemsworth
discovered that his true passion was in making movies. "It's something new and
fresh and it's just a different energy to what I'd worked on before, says
Hemsworth. Knowing Los Angeles was the center of movie making, Hemsworth began
sending audition tapes to the states. He sent a tape to Sylvester Stallone who
within a week of receiving the tape asked Hemsworth to come to Hollywood
immediately to play the part of his son in the feature film The Expendables.
Shortly before he was to depart for Los Angeles, Hemsworth learned that the part
of Stallone's son had been written out of the script. However, within hours of
learning he was no longer working on The Expendables he received a call that
Marvel wanted to screen test him for Thor. Though he ended up losing the role of
'Thor' to his older brother Chris, it was this audition for Marvel that got
Hemsworth to Los Angeles.
Hemsworth soon began to gain attention throughout Hollywood and, while living
with his brother Chris in their manager Will Ward's guest cottage, Liam beat out
hundreds of actors for the part of 'Will Blakelee' in the film adaptation of
Nicholas Spark's The Last Song, directed by Julie Anne Robinson and co-starring
Greg Kinnear and Miley Cyrus. This performance garnered Hemsworth the 2010
Young Hollywood Award as well the 2010 Teen Choice Male Breakout Award.
Hemsworth, who currently resides in Los Angeles, eagerly looks forward to
more film work with quality actors and directors. He says, "I love acting and I
love movies. At the moment, I'm just trying to find people who are doing
something different and meet people who are as passionate as I am. I have
learned the majority of what I know on set, working. You learn from watching
people with experience."
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