During the Thor Ragnarok Event, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Karl Urban who plays Skurge in the movie.
I have to tell you Karl Urban was beyond amazing and such a gentleman! When he entered the room he walked up to each of us to shake our hands and thank us for meeting with him. In all of the interviews I have done this is the first time this has happened.
I heard that a lot of the movie is improvised, can you go into that?
Allegedly, Full credit to Marvel. They hired a director in Taika who has a very strong comedic style and sensibility and they actually let him do his job. There was already a brilliant foundation in the script and we would shoot a couple of versions of what was on the page and then shoot a wealth of material that Taika quite frankly just made up and there was nothing sacrilegious about a take, you’d be in the middle of a take and he’d be, oh why don’t you say this, say this line. And or a piece of direction just yell it out. And it was actually kind of liberating.
You felt comfortable in that you could- there was no such thing as a bad choice. There was nothing precious about it. I think that really kind of afforded everybody a wonderful freedom to, you know, fully explore all the options. I can’t wait to see the extras on this movie. I mean it’s like the movie is funny and entertaining but I think the extras are going to be as equally entertaining and I can’t wait to see them.
Do you have a favorite scene that didn’t make it in that you wish it had?
I have like Skurge’s introduction, when I’m trying to woo the young ladies, they had a whole collection of stolen stuff that Skurge had pillaged from the universe. And you only got to see one thing of me shaking the whatever that thing was. They had all sorts of stuff, like for when we shot like for hours with me like with fishing rods with lures, and all sorts of crazy stuff, so I’m looking forward to seeing that.
Was last night the first time you saw the movie?
Yes it was yes
What did you think?
Oh I just you know what it was it was, I feel so blessed. It was such a pleasurable experience to not only see the film with friends and colleagues but to to see the film with an audience who were thoroughly entertained. You have to give full credit to Taika and to Marvel for really producing a film that I think reboots Thor in a wonderful healthy positive way. And I’m so happy for Chris that he’s actually finally been given the opportunity to spread his wings. I think that this film showcases his complete full potential.
What kind of things did you do to help get into character?
You know, I can say this is one of the most fun sets that I’ve ever been on, Taika is constantly playing music, in between takes. He really handled himself with aplomb and I imagine it would have been a pressure cooker situation to be responsible for this behemoth movie. But he did it with such aplomb and such grace and style.
And he created an environment that was not only fun but it was focused. And that’s a rarity.
You will both Love and possibly hate Karl Urban’s character Skurge but one thing I can tell you is that he kills this role!!!!
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.