The Jakarta Post
Chris Hemsworth speaks in front of journalists from the Asia Pacific region in Bali on May 18. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)
The star of the upcoming film Men in Black: International, Chris Hemsworth, surprised his fans in Bali when he greeted them using Bahasa Indonesia on Monday.
“Very well, thank you. Bagus sekali [very good],” he said, when the event’s emcee asked him how he was doing.
The Australian actor speaks Indonesian quite well as he had studied the language in primary school and high school. Although he admitted he did not pay much attention during the classes, he said that at least he was able to count.
“Yes [I studied Indonesian] in primary school and high school, but I didn’t pay much attention, unfortunately. But I remember a little bit, like counting one to 10,” he said during a press conference in Bali on Tuesday.
In Australia, Indonesian is one of the foreign languages offered for students to learn.
In front of dozens of journalists, Hemsworth practiced counting numbers in the language. He got stuck when he should have said delapan (eight), but finally could finish to 10.
“Apa kabar? Baik baik saja. Thank you. That’s very unimpressive, but yeah,” he added cheerfully.
During his visit to Bali, Hemsworth was taught one new slang word in Indonesian by the event’s emcee, Imam Wibowo.
“Mantul [an abbreviation for mantap betul or awesome],” he said.
Hemsworth, who has been to Bali many times since he was 12 years old, said that he loves Indonesia and the people.
He married his wife, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, at an eco-resort in Sumba.
”I love the place. I love the people. A quick flight from Australia. Incredible food. Wonderful,” he said. (kes)