What it is like to attend the Thor Ragnarok Press Conference!!!!
I have to send a huge thank you to Marvel/Disney for giving me this opportunity. I have been to a few press junkets but this was my first full press conference and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Being my first time I didn’t know the timeline or best ways to get to the front of the room for photos.
When we came downstairs from interviewing the cast we had to check in at a table. I didn’t realize that we would be given a number and allowed in the room based on our number. I ended up in the 70s which meant the front row was taken in a split second. LOL! I am still so happy that I was in the room but wanted to let you know that I wasn’t in the front row for photos. Don’t worry at the next event I will be ready and prepared to get up front.
One of those skills I think you have to learn from experience. I am still so happy with the pics that I did get and just with being in the room. It was such a surreal feeling sitting in a room with all of the stars of Thor Ragnarok. Actresses and Actors that we can recognize at a glance sitting in the same room sharing their passion for the movie and their excitement over seeing each other.
Press junkets are grueling days for the cast members. Imagine answering the same questions over and over again for new people all day long. They move from room to room and answer questions about their role, the movie, and everything else you can imagine for a couple of days straight. Then they all join each other on a long stage to talk about the movie with more press. I don’t know about you but I would be exhausted going through the junket and answering that many questions.
One thing that struck me though is after days of answer questions the cast was still smiling and happy to see each other. The Thor Ragnarok Press junket was the day after the big premiere (check out our experience on the red carpet for Thor Ragnarok). The cast greeted each other with hugs and huge smiles. It was so great to see!
The room was filled with excitement and energy as the press conference started. This movie is unbelievable and you need to see it! To kick off the press conference the moderator asked the cast a few questions before having guests in the audience ask questions.
HOST: I want to start with Chris. What makes this Thor different from the others?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Taika Waititi, basically. I think we all had a vision, and an idea, and a want to do something vastly different than what we’d done before, and take it to a different place. And that meant kind of doing away with what we knew, and just reinventing it, and it all came from his crazy, wonderful brain, and his inspiration, and him pushing us every day on set, and constantly encouraging us to improvise, and explore, and take risks. And it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had on a set, and a film that I feel the proudest of, just because of this whole team, and the collaboration, and fun we had.
CATE BLANCHETT: We love you, Chris.
HOST: Taika, you kind of brought an independent sensibility to this monstrous film, and gave it fun, and a little heart, too. What was the process like for you?
TAIKA WAITITI: Well, when they first asked me to come and to them about making this film, obviously I thought that Marvel had lost their minds, so they’re just hiring anyone now.
But I came in, and I guess I thought that – I knew my strengths were just like tone, character, and you know, relationships, and things, and I had to ignore the scale of this monster, this beast, you know it’s a huge, huge film. And what can be distracting on set is if you look over your shoulder, and you see 300 people standing there. I just had to keep reminding myself what’s more important is what’s inside the rectangle, and usually, it’s two or three people trying to remember their lines. And so it doesn’t matter the scale of the film – that’s always the same, you know. I just focused down on what I was used to, which was what’s in front of the camera.
HOST: I’ll ask Kevin. People are invested in these franchises, and they love these characters. So what made Taika and everybody else here the right fit?
KEVIN FEIGE: Well, I mean, Chris sort of said it. We wanted a new sensibility. We wanted to take Thor – and if you look at everything Chris has done as this character, there have been moments of humor – moments of humor throughout. And we wanted to build on that. And if you look at the movie, it’s got the epic action. It’s got Thor arguably more powerful than he’s ever been in any of the films, with his powers going up against the Hulk, but at the same time embracing what Mr. Hemsworth does better than anyone up until now has ever been able to see, which is his acting chops expands to comedy in an amazing way. And Taika giving them the confidence to explore that, and to try things. And most of that is in the movie, because it was on story, and yet at the same time expanded each of their characters.
PRESS: Mark, this is a question for you. Are you interested in all in doing a full Hulk movie? This is the first time we’ve seen the Hulk this much. And if so, what aspect of the character would be most interested in exploring?
MARK RUFFALO: I would love to do a Hulk movie, and I think we all would love to do one. But about a year ago, before I even had this part, or were talking about doing this – it was well over a year ago, Kevin had asked me to come over and have a script meeting. And basically he sat me down and he said, ‘What would you like to do if you had a stand-alone Hulk movie?’ And I said, ‘I’d like to do this, this, and this; and this and this – and then this. And then this, and this, and this, and then it would end like this.’ And he’s like, ‘I love that. Let’s do that over the next three movies, starting with Thor 3 and carry it on through Avengers 3 and Avengers 4.’ And so that’s my stand-alone Hulk movie.
KEVIN FEIGE: That’s exactly what happened. Someday, a stand-alone I think would be great, but for the time being, Hulk’s presence in these movies, and certainly now, as Mark has talked about, what we’re going to be able to do with his character arc over these three movies is super exciting.
PRESS: This question’s for Jeff. You’ve been in so many iconic films. What was it like to come into the Marvel universe?
JEFF GOLDBLUM: Hello – hello. Fantastic. Fantastic. I like the character, of course, and the opportunities in the character. Joining a group like this, a cast like this is a dream come true. Taika – working with Taika, that was my first, you know, connection point to the movie. We had a meeting and hit it off, and he said what we were gonna do, and improvise, and have fun. But then, you know, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Espesito, and Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum – the whole upper tier of creative leaders do something unique. They know how to make these epic productions, and popular movies, but they want to make good movies. And they somehow uniquely know how to do them, that feels to me like an actorly, workshop-y, character-y, improvisatory, delightful experience – and make a movie that I think skins the cat like this is just – I’m grateful, overwhelmingly grateful.
PRESS: Cate, your character is absolutely amazing. You are one bad, you know, just phenomenal –
CATE BLANCHETT: Ass.
PRESS: Bad ass – and you are one bad ass –
PRESS: And so it leads me to my question. So how was it fighting with Chris?
CATE BLANCHETT: I didn’t do enough of it. I, I kept wanting to do more.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: You wanted to hit me.
CATE BLANCHETT: Look, it was, it was hugely enjoyable for me. And apart from working with these guys, obviously, the chance to finally, in my deep middle age, to get fit, and to wear that much lycra was really exciting for me.
I worked with Chris’ trainer, Zahki for 20 minutes a day, which doesn’t sound like much, but my god, it was intense. And Zoey Bell who is, I mean, an extraordinary actress in her own right, and director in her own right, but she was my – blessed every day with the fact that she was my stunt double, because when I started, I had to manifest these weapons out of my – I’m not spoiling anything by saying that –
KEVIN FEIGE: Uh-uh.
CATE BLANCHETT: Have I just lost my chance to be in the sequel?
I had to – well, I manifest weapons, and I had to throw them, and I could see Taika’s disappointment as I threw it, I said, ‘Ha.’ And I had to stop making the noises because I’d go, ‘Ha.’ And so I had to close my mouth. And so eventually Zoey suggested that I put some sugar, which was deeply humiliating – sugar packets in my hand so at least I could throw something and be real. So Zoey helped me with little things like that. She was a great action director. So I moved from the humiliating to the exhilarating in a matter of five days.
MARK RUFFALO: I’m so glad you’re not the only person he looked at like that.
CATE BLANCHETT: I know. It was the suit that you were wearing. It was really bad.
MARK RUFFALO: He looked disappointed in me a lot.
TAIKA WAITITI: Well –
TAIKA WAITITI: You know.
TAIKA WAITITI: Lucky they don’t have the Oscar category for throwing.
PRESS: Tessa, my question is for you. First of all, you did an amazing job in the film. Is there any chance that we could see maybe you doing a Valkyrie solo movie, where you’re maybe rebuilding the Valkyries, and starting from such scratch there? That was amazing.
KEVIN FEIGE: Pretty – pretty good idea.
TESSA THOMPSON: It’s a really good idea
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: Very good idea.
TESSA THOMPSON: Yeah, you heard that first. Recently, I marched up with a couple other women that work in Marvel, and we were like, to Kevin, ‘What about a movie with some female superheroes – just like, all of them.’
KEVIN FEIGE: It was a pretty amazing moment to be somewhere and have your shoulder get tapped, and turn around, and every female hero we have was standing there going, ‘How about it?’
TESSA THOMPSON: Yeah.
KEVIN FEIGE: And I said, ‘Yes.’
TESSA THOMPSON: But there’s a precedent for it in the comics, right, because there are teams like the Lady Liberators, and –
PRESS: My question is for Kevin, or anybody that would like to answer. Is there any Easter eggs that we can look forward to in the trash piles that we see, both when Thor, and then when Jeff Goldblum’s character lands at the end of the movie, as well?
KEVIN FEIGE: There might be some things in the trash piles. I mean, the biggest Easter eggs are on the side of the Sakaran Palace – right, Taika? There are previous Grandmaster champions that we see, as one for Hulk is being constructed, and those are all sort of Easter eggs for the deeper comic universe – that may or may not ever show up in the cinematic universe, but we thought it’d be fun to celebrate.
TAIKA WAITITI: Yeah. And in the trash pile, there is one Easter egg, an actual egg.
TAIKA WAITITI: I mean, it’s – it’s one of the small ones – well, it’s one of the tiny little chocolate ones, and it’s the wide shot
HOST: What was Taika’s go-to song on the set? What was his go-to song? What was his go-to cut? What was his favorite cut?
MALE SPEAKER: Need somebody to love.
KARL URBAN: I remember Lou Reed. I remember a bit of Lou Reed. I remember –
MALE SPEAKER: I’m gonna say Led Zeppelin.
MALE SPEAKER: A lot of Bowie.
CATE BLANCHETT: Go, go, yabba, yabba was kind of what – that was –
TAIKA WAITITI: Don’t bite your friends. Don’t bite your friends.
CATE BLANCHETT: That was my entrance into Asgard, was don’t – yeah, don’t bite your friends.
TAIKA WAITITI: Don’t bite your friends, from go, gabba, gabba – oh, I really recommend –
CATE BLANCHETT: Yeah.
TAIKA WAITITI: : Really – if you’ve got children, I really recommend –
CATE BLANCHETT: It was my – in a theme song.
TAIKA WAITITI: – playing that song.
PRESS: Hi. This is for Chris. Did you miss your hammer as kind of a prop – because I know actors love props.
CATE BLANCHETT: Yeah, what do you do with your hands?
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: That’s right.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH Where to put them.
No, I mean, it was sort of good. It just helped kind of shed anything too familiar. You know, I feel like, well, holding the hammer, or even the wig in the previous costume, certainly just put me in a place, and set me on a path of what I already knew. And I wanted it to be unfamiliar, and so everything from the hammer, to the costume, the hair – made me, and allowed me to move differently, and forced me to move differently, and so that was a great thing. I don’t really miss it, no. I’ve got one at home.
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.