Being the romantic lead in a film comes with certain obligations, but Liam Hemsworth is up to the task of being a little objectified. A pivotal scene in “The Dressmaker” — which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week — involves the Australian “Hunger Games” star removing his shirt to the ogling delight of co-stars Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. Nice work if you can get it.
They’re really pushing your shirt-removing scene in the trailer for this.
Yeah, I just feel like that scene was … . Look, I don’t want to just take off my shirt for anything, but it felt like that was a good comedic moment to have. It was done in a quirky, funny way, not where I was taking it off to be sexy or that sort of cliched way. It was a funny moment, and I think a moment that scene needed. A good, light-hearted point of the movie.
Are you OK with this kind of objectification? It’s a nice break for the actresses out there.
I’ll take it over for them. I’ll take some of that objectification. (laughs)
Back at the Comic-Con press conference for “Hunger Games,” did you see Jennifer Lawrence making a jerking off motion during one of your more heartfelt responses?
No, but that happens a lot in interviews. She’s one of my best friends, and any chance she gets she’ll give you s— behind your back or to your face. She does that a lot. We were doing press in L.A. the other day and it was the same things. Josh had literally been talking for a minute or so — very serious and heartfelt — and at the end of it Josh sort of looked to Jen, and Jen wasn’t listening at all. She’s like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I was thinking about my dog singing the Dixie Chicks song. Literally, my dog singing the Dixie Chicks song.’ I was like, ‘What goes through your mind minute to minute?’
She has no filter.
Literally no filter. I feel like it’s getting worse by the day. At some point it’s going to … (cringes)
Someone suggested it’s all an act, which would make it the most authentic performance ever.
Yeah, if it is then give her another Oscar. Give her another 10 Oscars. (laughs)
Have you finished filming “Independence Day 2”?
Yeah, we finished shooting two weeks ago. It was super-fun, I had a great time on it. I got to work with Roland Emmerich, who I was a big fan of since the first one. He’s a pioneer of that genre and I think started that huge, epic, world-ending sort of film, just blowing everything up. Literally everything. Yeah, it was a lot of fun getting to work with him, and I got to work with Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman. And to be able to continue that story from such an iconic film 20 years later is great.
It’s kind of terrifying to think that it’s been 20 years.
Yes, it’s terrifying. I was literally 6 years old when that came out. VHS, I watched it on.
What if we pit you and the other Hemsworth brothers against the Skarsgard brothers and see which tall, blonde actor family would win?
In a fight? Um … let’s set it up! See what happens? Let’s see if we can get us all in some sort of wrestling ring or something. Let’s do it! (laughs)
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