Chris Hemsworth was "running out of money" before he landed the role of Thor.
The 35-year-old actor - who kickstarted his acting career in 2004 when he secured the part of Kim Hyde in Home and Away - got to the point where he was auditioning for roles back to back because he was desperate to bring in some cash for his family.
However, he kept getting rejected because he was trying so hard.
"I wanted to pay off their [his parents'] house, initially. That was my sort of thing. I almost put too much pressure on myself. If I hadn't taken it upon myself to take care of my family, I might have been more relaxed,” the heartthrob - who first played the hammer-wielding God in 2011 - told Variety magazine.
"I got very close to GI Joe. I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine X-Men movies.
“At the time I was upset. I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn't have been able to play Thor."
Although his acting career was touch and go at one point, the Rush star is now in a position where he can turn down roles in order to spend time with his wife Elsa Pataky and their children; India, seven, and five-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan.
In fact, the 35-year-old Australian actor is stopping acting for the rest of the year, so he can spend more time with his family.
“This year I probably won't shoot anything. I just want to be at home now with my kids,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“They are at a very important age. They are still young and they are aware when I leave more than before.”
Meanwhile their new family home, a $9 million Byron Bay mansion, is under construction and expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Chris, Elsa and the kids relocated to Byron Bay nearly four years ago to escape the hustle and bustle of LA.
With six bedrooms, a gym, infinity pool, spa, media room and ocean views, according to the Daily Mail, it has just about everything you could dream of having in a house.
With extra reporting by Bang Showbiz.