'Thor' thanks teen for returning wallet

LOS ANGELES • His on-screen persona might wield a mighty hammer and possess the power to unleash lightning bolts, but Australian actor Chris Hemsworth was in need of a real-life hero when he recently lost his wallet in a Los Angeles restaurant.

"I left my wallet on the table and thought I'm never going to get it back," the 32-year-old, who plays the Marvel character Thor, said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday.

But Hemsworth, who was in Singapore recently for the Asian premiere of his film The Huntsman: Winter's War, had not counted on teenager Tristin Budzyn-Baker coming to the rescue of the God of Thunder. Budzyn-Baker, 17, had found the wallet with his mother and was shocked to find out whom it belonged to.

"We found Thor's wallet," he recounted while sitting next to Hemsworth on the show.

He then wrote a letter to Hemsworth's management and sneaked in a request for tickets to the show, which the actor had been due to appear on. Seated in the audience as Hemsworth related the story, Budzyn-Baker later joined Hemsworth and DeGeneres on stage.

"I expected it was going to be empty and all the cash was in there," a grateful Hemsworth said, before handing the teenager a wad of cash from his wallet.

Hemsworth also wrote a letter of recommendation for Budzyn-Baker, a boy scout, to earn the Eagle Scout award.

But the rewards did not end there. Host DeGeneres was so touched by his kindness that she gave him US$10,000 (S$13,500). "You're an amazing young man and thank you for being such a honest guy," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline ''Thor' thanks teen for returning wallet'. Print Edition | Subscribe