Chris Hemsworth plays great F1 racer James Hunt.

Chris Hemsworth plays great F1 racer James Hunt.

At just 30, Chris Hemsworth has the world on a string.

The blond beefcake has a hit superhero franchise with Thor. He starred in the successful fantasy flick Snow White And The Huntsman alongside Kristen Stewart.

And now the Aussie actor is the main attraction in the super-cool car racing opus Rush as the great F1 racer James Hunt.

What was it like when you first saw the finished film?

It was really exciting.

I think most actors are highly critical when they watch themselves and I find that at times I can be over-critical, but I have to say the first time I saw Rush, I was completely taken in with how well it's shot, how well the story played and the way director Ron Howard had pulled this together.

I just said, 'Wow, this feels like something special.'

What attracted you to the project?

It's a fascinating story because there's the intense rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

These guys lived with the looming threat of death and all, basically, for entertainment.

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