Luke Hemsworth owes Hollywood move to brother Chris

2nd Dec 16 | Entertainment News

Thor star Chris Hemsworth helped make his brother Luke's Los Angeles dream move a reality after hiring the aspiring actor as his fitness trainer.

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Luke Hemsworth began his acting career in 2001 with a role on popular soap Neighbours in their native Australia, and in his down time, he launched a side gig, a flooring company, to help support his family.

His younger brothers Chris and Liam subsequently found fame in Hollywood, and their success piqued Luke's interest in getting back to acting full-time.

However, it wasn't until Chris handed him a lucrative job as his trainer on the set of 2013 Thor sequel The Dark World that the father-of-four was able to fund his family's relocation to Los Angeles.

"I didn't have any qualifications, but I was always heavily into training, so it was a no-brainer for me," Luke tells Entertainment Tonight. "It was an amazing setup and allowed me to save enough money to come here with my family, which was the next logical step. Without that, we just wouldn't have been able to afford to do it."

Luke's career revival didn't get off to a great start, and he was so disheartened with Hollywood after his first failed TV pilot project, he almost called it quits.

The eldest Hemsworth doesn't name the gig, but reveals he auditioned on a Thursday, and was flown to Toronto, Canada to begin rehearsals the following Monday, only to be fired on Tuesday for failing to portray an "authentic" New Yorker.

"It was absolutely gutting," Luke admits, but after receiving a few words of advice from Chris' agent, he decided to use the rejection as "ammunition" to work harder for his next role.

"It's heartbreaking at the time," he says, "but it definitely made me stronger and it was real-word stuff. Acting is not this pretty, lovely job where everything happens beautifully and you walk away scot-free. You have to deal with a lot of pain, anguish and bulls**t."

Luke's determination paid off, and he eventually landed his new project, Westworld, a TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 movie, produced by J.J. Abrams.

"It's taken two years to get from the pilot to this stage and it had its problems, but it's turned out alright!" the 36-year-old smiles. "All the signs were there it would succeed and the material is so good."

Westworld, about a futuristic Western-themed amusement park filled with androids, also stars Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, and Thandie Newton. It premiered in October (16) to rave reviews and has already been picked up by network bosses at HBO for a second season.

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