Speaking about Chris Hemsworth’s look for the film, Sam Hargrave told USA TODAY. “We tried to make him dirty and bloody and (added) stubble and a beard and just beat him up. But it seemed like the more dirt and blood we put on him, the more handsome he was. So we failed there.” USA TODAY got the exclusive first look at the upcoming Netflix action thriller. Extraction streams on April 24.
Hemsworth plays the role of Tyler Rake, a black-market mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of an international crime lord. Rake goes to Dhaka, Bangladesh, for the mission. During the mission, the two develop a bond and Rake begins a journey of redemption.
Hargrave went on to say. “You've got a guy who has a dark past and has done some very violent things as a way to make a living. The interesting thing about Hemsworth’s character isn't his physical bravery but his emotional cowardice.”
After Sam, Hemsworth began talking. He said that Rake’s charge “awakens something within him that he's buried and pushed aside for many years. He's come to terms with the fact that his number could be up any second. The innocence and purity from this young kid remind him that there's still more to do on Earth before he departs.” Hemsworth acknowledged that being a father of three gave his performance “a rawness and authenticity that is hard to fake. Every sort of perspective you have on anything in life changes when you have a child – it's no longer about you, it's about them. The idea of that not being the case or the loss of a child, I can't imagine anything worse.”
He added that filming in India and Thailand and being away from family for three months “certainly makes you a little more vulnerable to those thoughts and emotions. All of us had our nose to the grindstone.” Extraction marks the directorial debut of Hargrave. He worked with Hemsworth as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame." Hargrave was also Chris Evans’ Captain America stunt double in several Marvel projects. Making this movie, Hargrave often would grab a handheld camera and strap himself to the hood of a moving car. He would also get on a wire and jump across buildings for shots: "I got the best of both worlds.”
Those moments inspired Hemsworth. “He had as many scrapes, bumps, and injuries as the rest of us. Like most stunt guys, there's a couple of screws loose maybe but the guy's infectious to be around." "You're talking about doing a stunt and it looks a little hairy, and he all of a sudden demonstrates and throws himself off the hill or into the wall and you're like, ‘OK, I guess I can't show up now.’ ”
Hemsworth recalls Extraction being a physically and emotionally exhausting shoot. But “it awakened the young teenager in me again,” the star said. “Not to say I'm pushing my limits or I'm over the hill in any way, but you notice through the years things like, ‘Ooooh, there’s a little hitch in my knee that wasn't there before.’ Or a tweak in my shoulder I didn't notice. But I felt like it reenergized me. It was a kick in the (butt) to say, ‘Come on, there's still plenty more in the tank.' "