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article imageChris Hemsworth of Thor fame shooting in the Canary Islands

By Anne Sewell     Nov 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Fans of the "Thor" films will be pleased to hear that Chris Hemsworth, who played the lead, is busy on location with a new film in La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands. This time he is playing a 19th century shipwrecked sailor.
The hero has changed course, so to speak, and is playing a shipwrecked sailor in Ron Howard's new film "In the Heart of the Sea."
The movie is based on a true story about a bunch of sailors in 1820 who were shipwrecked after their boat was attacked by a sperm whale. They ended up getting so desperate that they kill and eat each other. Yes, charming script, but it should be a really exciting film.
Anyhow, apparently the same story was what inspired Herman Melville to write his classic novel, "Moby Dick."
Hemsworth, 30, is enjoying his time on La Gomera with his lovely Spanish wife, Elsa Pataky (who is currently pregnant with their second child) and their 18-month-old daughter, India Rose.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and his wife Elsa Pataky.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and his wife Elsa Pataky.
They are also in the company of Hemsworth's co-star, British actor Tom Holland and other actors include Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.
The residents of La Gomera are also very happy to see them as the Canary Islands is one of the worst hit regions in Spain due to the economic crisis, with over 35 percent employment. With Hollywood in town, at least there are some jobs available, including carpentry work.
The set mainly consists of an imitation 19th century whaling ship, some huts on the beach and apparently even some of the palm trees are man-made.
According to José María Chinea, 51, a local carpenter who was hired among others to build the set, he erected some of the rather old-looking palm trees on the beach, and painted their leaves green.
He explained that he had been without work for three years and that at his age and the with current economic crisis in Spain, work was unlikely to ever been available to him. However, he at least has temporary employment with the film crew and says: “Now look at me – I’m working in Hollywood, and so is my son.”
Others among the 2,000 residents in the town are thrilled as well. Apparently while the actors have only just arrived, the film-makers visited about three months ago and the island has been busy ever since with people filling up the hotels, bars and restaurants. Nothing like the thought of seeing some movie stars to attract the crowds.
Restaurant owner, Sandra Lorenzo, 36, told Spain's EFE ”If only they could film all year round.” Apparently the whole crew has been ordering plenty of food.
Apparently there has been one draw back as Hemsworth and family were involved in what was almost a real-life shipwreck off the coast on Sunday. The catamaran they were sailing on with eight other passengers ran aground, but no one was injured and apparently all was well.
The film "The Heart of the Sea" is set for release in cinemas in 2015.
Playa de Alojera  La Gomera  Canary Islands  Spain
Playa de Alojera, La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Gerd W. Zinke
On the subject of Hollywood in Spain, Digital Journal reported a while back that Ridley Scott was filming his latest epic, "Exodus" in Almeria, southern Spain. The movie is about the story of Moses and is starring Oscar winning actor Christian Bale along with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.
Well apparently filming in Almeria is all complete and the whole crew has now moved to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, virtually right next door to Ron Howard's crew.
Now is definitely the time to visit the Canary Islands and see the stars do what they do best! As for Hollywood, keep shooting in Spain, guys, at least it's giving something back to the people.
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