During the Thor Ragnarok Event, we had the chance to interview Taika Waititi who directed and set the tone for the movie. Prior to interviewing Taika we had sat down and talked with Rachel House and Karl Urban and they both told us how much they loved working with Taika and how impressed they were with his directing.
Having seen Thor Ragnarok the night before the interview we all had a ton of questions about the changes to the movie and Taika’s experience directing the movie.
The pressure of major characters of Hulk and Thor. Why would you do that?
Because I’m a self-saboteur. Any chance I get to, you know, to put my career at risk I’ll just do it. Thank you. I will wage myself up in any film I do. I really love, I love the title. But with so many eclectic characters and crazy elements in this film you often need something grounding for the audience and something that’s sort of like I feel really good at playing mum characters so what we’ve done in this film where my character in that is the mother of the house and he like really brings the documents to the crew and looks after them and Korg is very much the mother of the prison and yeah looks after everyone. I think audiences, I think they appreciate having someone that’s just down to earth and gentle ‘cause you need that. The film is crazy so it takes back.
How much of Korg’s dialogue was freestyle?
All of Korg’s dialogue was improvised.
There’s a lot of stuff in the film that’s adlibbed. We used the script on the film. I used the script as a kind of team play, as a sort of suggestion for where we can go. We’ll do a version of it and then we’ll play around, spend another, you know, another or so just making stuff up because I mean you write dialogue six months before you shoot, you think it’s amazing at the time but, you know you don’t even know what will change or it might be a bore so yeah, so it changes on the day.
So you’re constantly laughing?
I ruined most of the takes by even being in the scene laughing and ‘cause the way I do it is I’m the farthest closest to the actors and just stand there say this, say this, say this. Poke them in the shoulder and that’s a real god complex problem. You know you can just like manipulate people
Was there any performance that’s particularly surprised you?
Well, I knew Jeff would be that good but well my favorite performance is Chris’s performance because just knowing how fun he is and how funny. He’s charming and he often is the kind of makes you feel like oh, man if you actually were Thor I would totally come and be with you. But that I just love having the opportunity to give him free range to just be himself and to be charming and to like be the favorite character and in particularly him and Mark I think together when they’re bouncing off each other I love that.
There was less mischief from Loki this time around?
I think people, if you come to expect it too much you know, the thing about Marvel, the decisions they make, the stories also and directors, you know. It’s like the most unexpected choice was me to direct this film and even for me. So I think if it gets predictable you come into the movies and you’re Loki’s the same thing and I don’t think it’s as satisfying as seeing that character come to the other end of it through a true story, you know, three movies. So whether it’s satisfying relationships and story acts is Thor and Loki and seeing how finally two brothers can get over the crap.
Check out the trailer…
Mark your calendars for November 3rd, 2017 to hit the theaters for Thor Ragnarok! Trust me you will want to see the movie as soon as you can!!!!
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.