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Chris Hemsworth responds to town’s plans to build ’40m tall’ statue of him

Chris has received the message from a small town loud and clear (Picture: Getty Images)

If you’re a small, rural village in need of an ambassador may we suggest you target a Hollywood A-lister?

A small country town in Australia has appealed to the mighty Chris Hemsworth to visit and be its mascot, with the Thor star amazingly receiving the rather epic message loud and clear – and accepting the townspeople’s humble request.

Cowra, a town in Central West New South Wales, in Wiradjuri country, with a population of around 10,000, recently launched a tourism campaign encouraging the Marvel actor to visit with his family, branded ‘Get Chris to Cowra’.

It’s short. It’s snappy. It’s worked.

The masters behind a rather brilliant video clip pulled out all the stops, including signs which read ‘Honk If You’re Thorny’, a slogan riffing on a famous Australian tourism campaign ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’ as well as plans to erect a ‘Giant Chris’ statue, at 40 metres tall and with a beard ‘like spun canola’, in the centre of town.

Joking if he doesn’t make the journey they’ll instead turn the ripped statue into one where he’s ‘fat and bald’, luckily it may not come to that after Chris enthused he’ll be there.

The star is currently filming the follow-up to his Netflix’s film Extraction in Europe, but Cowra is next on his list.

Sharing the campaign to his Instagram this week, Chris wrote: ‘Big love to all the folks in Cowra for this amazing campaign, warmed my heart and made me smile! I’m off shooting a film over seas soon but upon return next year I’m comin in hot!!

‘Like many regional towns around Australia, Cowra has suffered from a lack of tourism due to Covid-19 pandemic. So when things open up be sure to check out all the amazing places Australia has to offer!’

Cowra Tourism manager Glenn Daley told ABC couldn’t believe the ad had been picked up by the Hollywood heavyweight.

‘I was actually out in the paddock doing some farm stuff, and the assistant manager called and said “we’ve got him”!’ he said, as we imagine such a scene playing out much like that Australian episode of The Simpsons where they approach the Prime Minister ‘Andy’, relaxing in a dam.

At least with Chris on set for the rest of the year, the town has time to make preparations for his big arrival.

Daley went on: ‘It’ll allow us to do more on the marketing campaign. Not only that, we need some time to dust off the good china and give the town a bit of a once-over to make sure it’s Chris-worthy.’

But what about that statue?

‘Obviously now we can’t make it bald and fat because he is coming,’ Daley insisted. ‘We just need to make sure he’s comfortable with his likeness being used in Cowra.’


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