As a superhero, Thor’s superpower is his divine strength. As a dad, the man who plays him relies more on cleverness, as in the time he got his not-quite-tall-enough daughter onto a ride at Disneyland.
Alongside several of his Avengers: Endgame castmates on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Hemsworth told the story of a visit to Disneyland with his daughter. The pair wanted to ride what was a Twilight Zone-themed ride but is now modeled after the prison breakout from Guardians of the Galaxy.
The ride is a 199-foot tall tower that Disney characterizes as dark, loud, and scary. The minimum height to ride it is 40 inches, and at the time Hemsworth’s daughter India was just short of the cutoff.
“She wasn’t tall enough, and she was really upset,” the Australian-born actor shared.
“I was like ‘No, forget this, come here.’ So I grabbed a couple of Snickers bars and things and slipped it in the back of her shoe under her heel. So I propped her up. We walked up and I was like ‘What about now?’ And they’re like ‘OK, in you come.'”
The crowd cheered wildly and Scarlett Johansson jokingly admonished them: “It was wildly irresponsible as well and you’re all cheering.” As it turns out, she had a point.
“So we’re sitting in the chair and this thing it’s, you know, I don’t know, how many hundreds of feet high or whatever. We’re at the top and I’m looking at her. She’s strapped in and the seat is massive on her,” Hemsworth continued. “And I’m like ‘we beat the system, honey’ and then it drops and she’s like zooooop,” he said mimicking her flying out of her seat into the harness as the fall began.
“So I grab onto her and she’s like screaming whole way down. And I was like ‘Maybe there’s a reason there’s a height size.'”
“So don’t do that, she’s fine, she’s well,” Hemsworth said, presumably expressing regret before adding a mixed message as Kimmel moved on: “I’m her hero.”