Chris Hemsworth is currently heating up the big screen as the star of Thor: Ragnarok. His career is going strong, but Hemsworth admittedly put it all in jeopardy while filming 12 Strong, which depicts the true story of the Green Berets who rode into Afghanistan on horseback after 9/11. It seems the handsome actor became a bit too confident in his riding abilities – and those of his costars – during a particular scene!
Hemsworth stars as Captain Mitch Nelson, the real life soldier who led his troops into battle after traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan on horseback in order to take the Taliban by surprise.
12 Strong is based on Doug Stanton’s 2009 best-selling historical account Horse Soldiers, and costars Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes and Michael Shannon – all of whom were very green in their equestrian skills.
The filmmakers were not too concerned about the actors’ lack of horse experience since some of the Green Berets they portray were also amateurs, lending a note of realism to the scenes.
“We didn’t need to look like the best horsemen, but rough, dirty and unpredictable,” Hemsworth said. “And that’s how it felt most days.”
However, during one pivotal scene, the star decided the controlled riding they’d been instructed to perform by director Nicolai Fuglsig was “a little lame and a little weak.” Hemsworth felt it needed something else – and he took matters into his own hands.
“I kept saying to the other guys, ‘Come on, I think we’re going to have to get the horses into a gallop just to look a little more impressive,’ ” Hemsworth recalled. “And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’ “
He took the lead and kicked his horse into a gallop, and just like that, the scene devolved into chaos!
“The horses just went off. They were completely out of our control,” said Hemsworth. “One of the boys fell off and luckily landed in a big pile of sand off to the side.”
The actors were able to regain control and no one was hurt, but the crew was not pleased.
“They were all yelling, ‘Whose idea was that?’ ” said Hemsworth. “I nervously kind of raised my hand and said, ‘Yup, my bad.’ “
Luckily for Hemsworth, his rogue behavior paid off!
“I very quickly asked, ‘Did we get the shot?’ Which they did,” the actor said. “But some of us suffered for our art.”
Several of Hemsworth’s films have called for him to work with equines, and he is known to enjoy riding with his wife Elsa Pataky in his spare time.
12 Strong opens in theaters on January 19! Check out the official trailer below.
H/T to USA Today
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