September 13, 2013 5:34 PM EST
Chris Hemsworth: 'Thor' Actor Reveals Near-Death Experience While Surfing in Australia [PHOTOS]
Chris Hemsworth may have done deadly stunts while filming scenes for his movies like "Thor" and "Rush" but the hunk actor recently revealed in an interview with GQ Magazine that he had near-death experiences while surfing in Australia.
The Aussie superstar shared the fact that he feared for his life several times especially at the time when he was "at the end of" his breath underwater while struggling to reach the surface. "I've surfed a couple of times where I've been pinned under a reef and I'm right at the end of my breath, and there's nothing else you want to see more than the surface," the 30-year-old actor revealed to GQ Magazine.
Mr Hemsworth grew up close to the Australian shores so he became fond of riding waves despite the near-death experiences like having a close encounter with the sharks. "I've surfed most of my life and without a doubt there's been sharks in the water when I've been there. I've never seen a shark, but there's no doubt there would've been one around," Chris shared.
The actor further added: "It's the near misses that you don't see when you're walking down the street, then later you think, "S**t, that bus was two inches away from hitting me." However, it appears that this daredevil behavior made Chris Hemsworth the perfect actor to portray characters involved in tough action scenes like Thor, the God of Thunder, and Formula 1 driver James Hunt.
Chris Hemsworth took on the role of James Hunt in the Ron Howard film titled "Rush" which he busily promoted at the Toronto International Film Festival. While filming the biopic, it made Chris Hemsworth realize how fragile his life can be with the risks on the set everyday. "There were moments when driving on the track where you think, 'I better pull back here', because you think of how things could end up," Mr Hemsworth explained.
The film "Rush" required the Aussie actor to embrace the character of the Formula 1 driver and he revealed that he ended up doing and filming more driving scenes than what he was allowed to do. "The trickiest stuff was driving with the crew and cameras around you. It's one thing when you're on the track and you're just endangering yourself, but when there are so many people around you it all adds to it. It's not as simple as driving a stick shift car. They're not meant to be driven slow, they're meant to be driven hard. One of the mechanics said, 'Just drive it like you stole it!'" the actor shared.