Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth sends Mad Max’s Broken Hill abuzz

Chris Hemsworth would give ScoMo and Albo a run for their money should he ever wish to run for Prime Minister.
That is the verdict from Broken Hill locals with the Hollywood superstar sending the NSW township into a spin as he pressed the flesh like a politician running for parliament.
Hemsworth, 38, is calling the town of less than 18,000 people’s homes over the coming weeks as production gets underway on George Miller’s new Mad Max blockbuster, Furiosa.
“He would win everything,” local Natalie Robinson told The Daily Telegraph, swooning about her star encounter.
“He would get everyone’s vote by 10, he is beautiful … he was really polite, a real gentleman. He was walking up and down the street, everyone was shaking his hand and asking for a photo and that is going right along our main street.”
Robinson, who is in her 60s, is a chef at local restaurant and cafe, The Astra.
“My jaw dropped and I thought, ‘oh my god’,” Robinson said. “[The] town is buzzing. It’s busy and … everyone is excited because we have a great actor coming in to town, probably one of the best and nicest that has ever been in town.”
The Thor actor’s glamorous wife, Elsa Pataky, was by his side when Robinson took her happy snap keepsake.
The long awaited Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, called Furiosa, will begin filming this month in Broken Hill near the NSW-SA border, bringing with it a $350 million boost to the economy.
Broken Hill’s love for Hemsworth comes after Cowra, with its population of 10,000 in October, appealed to the actor to pay them a visit.
A near four minute video at the time was titled Get Chris to Cowra, showing off the local sights including a Japanese garden. Hemsworth subsequently shared the video to his more than 54 million followers.
Meanwhile, the 1979 Mad Max original was filmed in Victoria, the second instalment around Broken Hill and the third in South Australia, while the 2015 Fury Road was shot in Namibia.
Broken Hill locals said locations for the new post-apocalyptic drama include Mundi Mundi Plains at nearby Silverton and the Broken Hill studios.
Crew members arrived about two weeks ago to prepare for production with Hemsworth’s co-star Anya Taylor-Joy, of The Queen’s Gambit fame, flying in to Australia this week.
Taylor-Joy will play a younger version of Charlize Theron’s Furiosa character from the 2015 film.
“I was pouring a latte and I said, ‘Hey guys, how are you?’. But I didn’t glance up, so I didn’t know it was him until he responded and I knew his voice,” Silly Goat Cafe manager Renae Schuster said.
“We knew he’d be coming in, but we were still a bit stunned and starstruck. He hasn’t declined one photo, he was so lovely. My Facebook feed is full of him, everyone’s got a photo. All the girls are frothing over him.”

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