Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo condemn Weinstein at Thor premiere

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Chris Hemsworth (R) and actor Mark Ruffalo on the red carpet for the special screening of the film Thor: Ragnarok on Sunday.

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Hundreds of screaming fans lined the red carpet to greet stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo and director Taikia Waititi for the Sydney premiere of Thor: Ragnarok at Hoyts Cinema, Moore Park, on Sunday evening.

Filmed on the Gold Coast, it was a celebration of Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie, but with all things Hollywood at the moment it didn’t take long for talk to turn to Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of decades of sexual misbehaviour, including allegations of rape.


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“It’s absolutely intolerable and people should be filing criminal complaints against him. It was a crime what he was doing,” Ruffalo said.

“The more we make space for women to feel safe to come out, and us men have got to stand up and protect them and say it is wrong, the quicker kind of things like this will stop.

Ruffalo has known the now disgraced movie mogul for years, having worked with him on a number of projects, but said he was never close to him.

His advice for the co-founder of Miramax Pictures and the Weinstein Company now: “I think he should get a lawyer … He should be prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, Melbourne-born Hemsworth, who plays the muscle bound God of Thunder, believes the scandal will change Tinseltown for the better.

“Hopefully it will put a spotlight on the issue and people will change their thinking to what is acceptable and that it doesn’t occur [again] would be the best scenario,” Hemsworth said.

“I am glad these ladies are having their voices heard and my heart goes out to anyone who has suffered that abuse, it is awful.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had never come across similar behaviour in the Australian political world, but hoped the situation would help change attitudes.

“Clearly there is a cultural issue in Hollywood. This kind of environment is clearly a disturbing outcome and people are looking to learn lessons from it and when that happens attitudes can change,” she said.

The third solo Thor flick for Hemsworth was filmed mainly at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford on the Gold Coast and the minister believes it will encourage other blockbusters to follow suit.

“It does add a great deal to the Australian economy and it will raise our profile overseas as a sophisticated, creative nation,” she said.

Speaking about Hemsworth, she added: “I think he is a magnificent actor.”

But is there anything else she likes about the former Home and Away star?

She laughed: “It’s obvious, isn’t it?”

Meanwhile, Hemsworth is happy to show the Australian-made film – which also stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Jeff Goldblum – to Australian audiences.

“It feels very, very good to come full circle. We finished shooting almost a year ago and so to be back here for the movie and all of this excitement and all of this feedback is just awesome,” he said.

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