Liam Hemsworth is not exactly hurting for work. But that didn't stop the Australian actor, who played Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games" franchise, from taking matters into his own hands to land one of the lead roles in "Independence Day: Resurgence," out this Friday.
Hemsworth plays a resourceful fighter pilot who attacks the aliens that descend upon earth twenty years after the first film blasted into theaters. When he heard that director Roland Emmerich was casting the sequel, Hemsworth wanted in -- with a little help from Thor, aka Chris Hemsworth.
The elder Hemsworth shot film of his brother doing scenes from "Independence Day" and sent the clips to Emmerich. "At one point my sister said, 'Is that his brother?'" laughs Emmerich.
Says Hemsworth of Chris: "At the end of the one of the takes, he just pops his head in."
Jessie T. Usher, who plays the son of WIll Smith and Viviva A. Fox, wants to get his eyeballs on it. "I think we all want to see that tape," he says.
The film is a spectacle of special effects, and centers around an alien that's worthy of today's digital advances. The cast reflects our diverse society: it features a female president, pilots of color, and an older gay couple. For Hemsworth, the movie was "a great experience. A lot of great people made it an easy experience.'
Save for the end. "The very last day of shooting, I got really sick. I got this stomach flu that was going around and I was throwing up in between takes. We shot until about three in the morning. It's where I punch the alien. I'd go to the trash can next to the blue stage. Roland would be like, 'Just one more, give me one more.' That was a difficult day. But all in all, it was a pretty great experience. We laughed a lot," says Hemsworth.
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Actors Liam Hemsworth (L) and Chris Hemsworth arrive for the premiere of Warner Bros' 'Vacation' at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles on July 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 20: (L-R) Actors Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth attend City Year Los Angeles' spring break: destination education at Sony Pictures Studios on April 20, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY; NO NORTH AMERICAN ON-AIR BROADCAST UNTIL MARCH 3, 2011) Actors Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF11/WireImage)
Actors Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth check out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah.
Actor Liam Hemsworth and actor Chris Hemsworth arrive at The Weinstein Company and Realativity Media's 2011 Golden Globes after party held at Bar 210 inside The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actors Chris Hemsworth (L) and Liam Hemsworth celebrate Liam Hemsworth's Birthday Party at Cleo at the Redbury Hotel on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
Comic-Con -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth arrive at the Syfy party at the 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego, Ca. (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 13: Actors Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth, recipient of AIF Breakthrough Award, pose during Australians In Film's 2010 Breakthrough Awards held at Thompson Beverly Hills on May 13, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 25: Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth attends the 'The Last Song' Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on March 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)