Hitchhiker Stopped by Actor Chris Hemsworth, Gets Ride to Destination in Helicopter


Sometimes the general public gets annoyed by the privileges afforded to celebrities. Honestly, it’s not hard to see why.

In addition to all of the accolades and the wealth and the unending perks of being famous, celebrities seem to have an easier time in life. And when they break the rules, they often can count on leniency.

But some celebrities go out of their way to share their perks with normal people. Just consider what actor Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) recently did for a stranger.

The story starts with a musician named Scott Hildebrand. His website describes him as “a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist” who likes to travel the world over with his music. He’s performed in far-flung locations like “Seoul, Tokyo, Chicago, Santa Barbara, San Cristóbal, New York and Melbourne.”

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Hildebrand recently found himself in Australia for a tour. But according to the Huffington Post, he didn’t have enough money for transportation because he ended up trying to thumb a ride near a highway exchange.

Little did he know that he’d been spotted by Hemsworth and his friend Luke Zocchio. The pair decided to have a little bit of good-natured fun with Hildebrand and recorded a video of them stopping to pick him up.

Zocchio opened up the footage by saying, “We’ve just seen a guy who’s hitchhiking to Byron Bay. That’s where we’re going, isn’t it?”

Hemsworth cuts in to say, “We’ll give him a lift.” Zocchio adds, “Little does he know we’re getting a chopper.”

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From there on out, the video is a pure delight. Hemsworth and Zocchio play off the whole affair in a wryly deadpan manner, while Hildebrand is obviously trying to keep his eyes from popping out of his head.

Initially, Hildebrand doesn’t understand that they aren’t driving the whole way to Byron Bay. It would be a long drive because Byron Bay is over a hundred miles from Brisbane.

“You should pay for the gas,” Hemsworth said at one point, giving Hildebrand’s shoulders a squeeze. “It’s four grand.”

“Are you guys flying to Byron?!” Hildebrand exclaims. Zocchio assures him that they are — and he’s going with them.


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Hemsworth helps him get situated in the helicopter’s front seat where Hildebrand keeps his guitar nestled up next to him. He even arranges a headset on his noggin.

The three proceed to mug for the camera, interspersing silly selfies with sweeping shots of the wave-swept Australian coastline. Finally, the helicopter lands.

“Alright, Scotty, the dream’s over,” Hemsworth says at the end of the video. “Back to the normal hitchhiking.”

Hildebrand may have had to return to bumming more mundane rides, but he’ll always have an incredible memory. Oh, and a new nickname that Zocchio and Hemsworth gave him: Scotty Boy.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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