According to the internet, tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day. To celebrate this office-centric holiday, Sony has gifted the honorees — as well as Ghostbusters fans everywhere — a new look at Chris Hemsworth’s character from director Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.
The nearly two-minute featurette highlights your normal stars-chatting-nicely-about-the-movie-they’re-in banter — with star Kate McKinnon humorously saying Hemsworth’s character is like “a Ken Doll with the inside scooped out” — but it also reveals the bumbling and comedic side of Hemsworth that audiences rarely get to see, when he’s, you know, Thor.
Basically, Hemsworth’s secretary character “Kevin” is an fusion of the Rick Moranis and Annie Potts characters from the original Ghostbusters. He helps out with the daily paranormal operations of the Ghostbusters squad, like Potts’s Janine Meltnitz, but he’s also the awkward and clumsy ally of Moranis’s Louis Tully, who unwittingly finds himself embroiled in the ghostly plot.
It’s obvious that Feig and co. are using Hemsworth’s image to their advantage. The dude has appeared as the semi-serious Thor in the Marvel movies for years, and his comedic timing has definitely been overlooked in other movies like Snow White & The Huntsman, In the Heart of the Sea, and Blackhat.
Ghostbusters is the perfect kind of movie to delicately display Hemsworth’s range — beyond just being a ripped Australian guy who looks good on camera.
While the clip doesn’t really cover anything worthwhile or new, save for some kind of unfunny gags about coffee and telephones, it’s the first in hopefully a long line of featurettes before the release of the reboot. Feig has a stellar cast, and mini clips about each character are just what the movie needs to separate itself from the iconic original.
Here’s the reboot’s official synopsis:
“Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!“
Feig’s Ghostbusters, Starring Hemsworth, McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Melissa McCarthy, opens July 15.