Derek Theler guest-starred as Donar the Nice a.okay.a. Thor on the April 14 episode of ‘American Gods.’ HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Derek about these unbelievable stunts, the jaw-dropping finish of the episode, and extra.
Derek Theler gave Chris Hemsworth a run for his cash when he debuted as Thor (and Donar the Nice) throughout the April 14 episode of American Gods. Thor is the son of Odin, a.okay.a Mr. Wednesday, and the most recent episode explored their relationship. For Derek, getting the position of Thor/Donar was a dream come true. “Once I came upon that I used to be solid, I used to be so pumped,” he informed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “I’ve been a fan of the present and a fan of the guide ceaselessly, and I couldn’t be extra glad to work with this group of individuals.” Derek, who famously performed Danny on the sitcom Child Daddy for six seasons, famous that his position on American Gods was a “massive change for me going from a reside viewers sitcom, the place it’s all jokes, to considerably of a darker position. I had a good time with it in attending to play Thor, and attending to undergo the hair and make-up and wig and beard prosthetic stuff was wonderful.”
The top of the episode featured a stunning finish for Thor. After leaving his father, Thor dedicated suicide by gun in Philadelphia years later. Suicide is a demise even gods can’t come again from. Derek admitted that he was bummed about Thor’s destiny. “I used to be upset about it as a result of I didn’t know going by way of the audition course of and dealing on the strains,” Derek continued. “I used to be in Canada after I acquired the script and realized that my character wasn’t going to go any additional than this. I used to be unhappy. I used to be positively saddened by it, as a result of I used to be so excited to play the character, and I believed that the script was so sturdy, however I additionally thought that it was a becoming and heartbreaking finish to my position and to the episode. I believed that it was a really highly effective ending that method, however I used to be nonetheless somewhat bit unhappy that I wasn’t gonna be capable to come again and play this position once more.” He additionally added, “I nonetheless acquired my fingers crossed that they may give you one thing to convey me again for.”
The flashback episode showcased Wednesday’s previous as a burlesque corridor proprietor. Thor’s act was one the thrilling elements of Wednesday’s present on the time. The act centered on Donar/Thor’s immense energy, and Derek was in a position to take part in some unbelievable stunts. “Stunts have all the time been one among my absolute favourite elements of this job. I really like working with the stunt coordinators, and speaking it by way of, and dealing on the choreography,” Derek stated. “My very first day there, they principally threw me into an empty stage with all of the stunt staff, they usually needed to get accustomed to me and see what I used to be comfy with. I used to be like, ‘I wish to do as a lot as I can myself. I wish to make this sturdy man present as cool as doable.’ So we labored for a few days with that. I set to work some wonderful acrobatic actors and a few Cirque Du Soleil sort of actors for a number of the stunts that we had been doing. It was a whole lot of rehearsal, wires, and rigging. It’s principally inconceivable to do a one-armed pull-up your self with a woman dangling out of your legs, however we discovered a option to make it seem like it was actual, which was so enjoyable. For me, whereas I’m going by way of the method, and whereas I’m doing the precise present, I’m making an attempt my absolute hardest to actually do the stunts that you simply see, so it seems like I’m working arduous to really do it, though I’ve acquired cables and rigging on me. I liked taking my energy coaching to the following stage and making an attempt to get as massive as I might and get as sturdy as I might for the position. It positively wasn’t simple. So these performers that you simply see doing it, I’ve acquired a whole lot of respect for them, and I used to be simply fortunate to get to work with a few of them on a mission like this.”
Once you consider Thor, you mechanically consider Thor’s hammer. Odin and Thor do face-off within the episode and Thor wields that legendary hammer. Selecting up that hammer was a surreal second for Derek. “It was unbelievable,” Derek stated. “We had a number of stunt hammers as a result of we had to make use of the hammer all through the sturdy man acts. I discovered myself strolling round with that hammer in my hand all the day after I was taking pictures, even when the cameras weren’t on. If we had been ready to arrange a shot, I had that hammer in my hand. I used to be juggling it or simply analyzing it the entire time I used to be working. I actually loved each second that I acquired to wield the hammer.”