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Maryland Deathfest (often abbreviated to MDF) is an annual extreme music festival held in or near Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It has always occurred during Memorial Day weekend each year. The festival is the biggest of its kind in North America. Maryland Deathfest XII is to be held from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25, 2014. The main stages will be located at the Edison Lot in Baltimore, near the former Sonar location. It is the second incarnation to feature the Baltimore Soundstage, again catering primarily to punk, grindcore and hardcore. It is the first year to feature additional bands at Rams Head Live!, which will feature mainly black, death and doom metal.

Chris Hemsworth.

The god of thunder In the last few years, Chris Hemsworth has made the trans-Pacific leap from starring in a soap opera in his native Australia to appearing in Hollywood films—among those turns, a spin as Captain Kirk’s father in J. J. Abrams’s 2009Star Trek reboot. And though Hemsworth’s character exploded in the first few minutes of that movie, the 27-year-old actor will be getting a lot more screen time this month as the titular hammer-wielding deity in the big-budget mega-movie Thor. Based on the Marvel Comics version of He has also already wrapped the Joss the all-powerful Norse god of thunder, Whedon thriller The Cabin in The Woods and the oft-delayed remake of this new Thor, at least on paper, isn’t silly-awesome 1984 Cold War flickRed typical action fare, with a director Dawn, in which Hemsworth plays Jed, the (Kenneth Branagh) better known for his ringleader of a group of high-school Shakespearean work and a cast filled students fighting off an enemy invawith actor’s actors (Natalie Portman, sion. (In the new version, the Soviet combatants of the original are swapped Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, out in favor of a villainous organizaRene Russo) to boot. Later this year, Hemsworth will reprise tion of vaguely multinational origins.) We had a phone chat with Hemsworth, his role as Thor inThe Avengers, a sort who was at home in Los Angeles, to of who’s who of comic heroes, which talk about Thor, wigs, weaves, and begins shooting this summer. other very macho stuff.

R: Hey, Chris. CH: Hi buddy how are ya? Let’s do this! I’m at home in Los Angeles eating a pear. R: Cool. Sorry if this might be vague—studios never let you see blockbuster movies before you do the story anymore. CH: They don’t even let us see it until the last minute. I just recently saw a close-to-finished version ofThor. I was impressed. It is often difficult to watch yourself onscreen, especially 60-feet high. As an actor, it is an uncomfortable experience. But this is one of the first times I was able to get lost in it as an audience member. There were so many impressive elements—from the special R: Movies based on comics can be incredible, effects to the story to the individual like Tim Burton’s Batman [1989], or they can characters. I really had a great time. really suck likeDaredevil [2003] or Catwoman [2004]. CH: You have these colorful and vivid worlds and they can either be amazingly entertaining or come across campy. Every superhero film has that challenge. Having someone like Kenneth Branagh direct was a smart way to avoid any campiness. He really is an actor-director and comes from a Shakespearean background. R: His Hamlet [1996] was great. CH: Absolutely. We had as much discussion and focus and collaboration as you would on a Shakespearean production. It wasn’t just a film about special effects. It was about great character development.

R: In the myths, Thor rides a chariot pulled by goats. CH: Yeah, we skipped that. That’s not too cool, is it? We chose a cooler mode of transport. R: The only big-screen appearance of Thor, to my knowledge, is in Adventures in Babysitting [1987], which my sister made me watch each weekend growing up. In the film, the little girl is obsessed with Thor. CH: I was at a comic convention the other day and someone made a reference to that. I didn’t know what they were talking about. R: What bothers me about Thor is the same thing that irks me about Superman: he is just too damn super. At least he doesn’t have just one weakness like Superman with kryptonite.Is the new Thor as omnipotent? Or is he more complicated? CH: His biggest challenges are his own personal demons and personality traits. He is a chip off the old block of his father. He has the tendency to think about problems in the form of destruction, or to act before he thinks, often with a fair amount of aggression. His journey is coming to terms with directing that passion in the right place and the responsibility of living up to expectations. And depending on what world he’s on and who he’s fighting, R: What is your personal history with Thor? he certainly has people who are on the Were you into comic books growing up? same level of strength who challenge him. CH: Not really. I knew about the character, But for us, it was about how to relate to but I never read the comics as a kid. Getsomeone with so much power, who is seeminting involved in the film was my introduc- gly untouchable. I think there is a very tion to it. Then I was inundated with many human story in the center of it, copies of Thor comics—the guys at Marvel about father and son and brother gave me a stack. I also read a lot of books and brother. on Norse mythology. R: The cast is surprising for a comic-book movie. CH: That is what makes this special. I am incredibly lucky to work with those involved! I think the attraction for Natalie to a film like this was Kenneth Branagh’s involvement. At that time in my life, I wasn’t in a position to pick and choose who I wanted to work with. I just needed to pay the rent, and I was excited to be involved with something on this scale. I was signed up either way! This is by far the biggest thing I have ever been involved in and there is more anticipation than anything else.

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