Chris Hemsworth and Michael Mann talk about cyber-thriller Blackhat

Director Michael Mann had some anxiety when screening his latest film, the cyber-thriller Blackhat: Will audiences get it? But Mann’s worries were quickly put to rest — in a post-Sony hack world, cybersecurity isn’t an abstract concept to the average movie-goer.

Mann and the film’s star Chris Hemsworth visited SiriusXM in New York and talked about the months of preparation it took to accurately portray cyberhacking — while still producing a thrilling movie — and what they took away from the experience.

“I buried my computer in the backyard,” Hemsworth joked.

Prep work for the film included time spent in a steel mill, a prison and, of course, with real-life genius hackers. Hemsworth even learned to read and write some code.

But when it comes to playing a hacker, Hemsworth says the most important quality is attitude, which came from understanding the motivation and risk behind the work. In Blackhat, he plays Nick Hathaway, a skilled hacker freed from prison after promising he’ll help the government find a mysterious figure hell-bent on taking down the international banking system.

But Thor fans can rest easy — Hemsworth’s screen time isn’t all spent in front of a computer screen. Check out the trailer below for some of the flick’s action scenes (skip ahead to the 1:35 mark if you can’t wait).

And while he was in studio, we had to ask Hemsworth about his title of Sexiest Man Alive.

“I had nothing to do with it … my parents put me together, built me one night,” the gracious actor said.

Kudos to Mr. and Mrs. Hemsworth.

 

To listen to the entire interview, tune into Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM Ch. 105 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 pm ET.

 

For a free 30-day trial, check out siriusxm.com/fbtrial.

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