Liam Hemsworth Talks About Joining Independence Day Sequel Independence Day: Resurgence
Two decades after Earth went to war with aliens in “Independence Day,” the rubbery guys from outer space seem to have learned their lesson from their red-white-and-blue rump-kicking led by Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. “Earth has sort of started to calm down and maybe think they’re not coming back,” says Liam Hemsworth, one of the stars of the sequel.
Of course one look at the title, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” should make it very clear this is no time for a breather. A new addition to the Roland Emmerich-directed special effects fest, Hemsworth joins the franchise as a guy with some emotional baggage from the first “Independence Day.”
“His parents were killed in the first attack,” Hemsworth tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “So he grew up in an orphanage and joined the military where he became a fighter pilot.”
In fact, he’s quite a good fighter pilot until he “sort of does something reckless and dangerous and almost kills someone else and then gets demoted to the moon, where he drives a large forklift,” says Hemsworth. With Earth faced with what the script calls a “new extra-Solar threat” it seems that Hemsworth will be called upon for more than his forklift skills.
Liam Hemsworth Calls Independence Day: Resurgence role ‘One of the Best Jobs in the World’
The original “ID” became a blockbuster by combining cutting-edge movie mayhem with a light, knowing touch to the characters, and Hemsworth basked in the opportunity to play Jake Morrison, even if the action-packed production placed great physical demands on the actors.
“They are long days,” he says of the shooting schedule. “(But) this is one of the best jobs in the world to come to work and play with spaceships all day long. You might have some long days but I feel so lucky to get to do what I’m doing.”