People magazine has announced the man they have selected as the Sexiest Man Alive for 2014 and, wouldn’t you know it, they went with Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth as this year’s main man. Hemsworth, as you should be well aware, has played a range of roles in films but he is probably best known these days as the golden-haired hottie who brings the Marvel Comics superhero Thor to life on the big screen. A happily married father of three, Hemsworth is exactly the kind of man that People likes to select as the year’s sexiest … handsome, approachable and safe.
He continues to smite bad guys as a hammer-wielding Norse god in The Avengers, will fight off a terrorist hacker in Michael Mann’s upcoming cyber thriller, Blackhat and battle a whale in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, but there was no contest when it came to naming Aussie Chris Hemsworth this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. The actor, 31, thought it was “pretty funny” when he first heard the news – as did his wife, Spanish model, Elsa Pataky, 38, whom he wed in 2010. “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.'” The Australian-bred Hemsworth also reveals that he prefers to sleep sans pajamas, has a signature dance move (with a spin!) and would rather be home in Australia, where he and Pataky live with their three kids – daughter India, 2½, and 8-month-old twin sons, Sasha and Tristan – than anywhere else. “We just had a big beach day with the kids, swimming and kicking the ball around,” he says. “That was the first time in a long time we’ve done that. That’s what it’s all about.” As for that ripped body, Hemsworth, who puts on 20 lbs. of muscle for his role as Thor, says he tries to be disciplined when it comes to his diet and exercise but looks forward to his cheat days. “Then it’s pizza, hamburgers, beer, sugary things,” he adds. “Everything I’m not allowed to have!”
Do not get me wrong … I love Chris Hemsworth. He is a fairly decent actor (for the most part) and, I understand, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet in Hollywood (I’ve never had the pleasure personally but I have heard from many people that he is truly a sweetheart to meet in person). His performance as Thor is pretty perfect and I can’t imagine another actor playing Marvel’s God of Thunder better than Chris can. That being said, his elevation as the Sexiest Man Alive just feels so boringly safe … and I don’t even know why I’m at all surprised. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was selected as the Sexiest Man Alive for 2013 and while, yes, he is a good looking man, I also find him resoundingly bland. I don’t particularly think of Chris Hemsworth as bland but aren’t there a host of really sexy, electric and interesting men that might better be classified as the Sexiest Man Alive? Apparently not. But, again, I do like Chris Hemsworth so I don’t want to poo poo all over this achievement. Folks, please … help me here … who do YOU think would make a better Sexiest Man Alive for 2014?