Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, which included an exclusive interview with Thor Ragnarok’s Karl Urban. All opinions are my own.
I bet if you were to look up who the nicest guy in Hollywood is in the dictionary there would be a photo of Karl Urban. With an electric smile, he greeted us warmly and took the time to go down every aisle to shake all of our hands. There were 25 of us in the room, let that sink in a minute.
Here is an actor that truly enjoys his craft and talking about his role as Skurge (also known as “the Executioner,”) in Thor: Ragnarok.
An interview with Thor: Ragnarok’s Karl Urban
I heard that a lot of the movie is improvised, can you go into that?
Urban said, “Allegedly! I give full credit to Marvel. They hired a director, Taika, who has a very strong comedic style and sensibility. They actually let him do his job. There was already a brilliant foundation in the script. 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. 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. It was actually kind of liberating, because you felt comfortable. In that there was no such thing as a bad choice. That afforded everybody a wonderful freedom to fully explore all the options. I can’t wait to see the extras on this movie.”
Was last night the first time you saw the movie? What did you think?
Urban said, “Yes, it was my first time to see the film. I feel so blessed. It was such a pleasurable experience to not only see the film with my friends and colleagues, but to see the film with an audience who were thoroughly entertained. I have to give full credit to Taika and to Marvel for producing a film that reboots Thor in a wonderful, healthy, and positive way. I’m so happy for Chris that he’s finally been given the opportunity to spread his wings. I think that this film showcases his complete full potential.”
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I really like the arc of your character, how he wanted to be part of the warriors…
Urban said, “Here’s a character that’s put in a situation where he has to make a decision, he has to align himself with a cause that he does not believe in but it’s the only thing he can do in order to survive. I thought that was a very interesting moral dilemma. Once he’s crossed that bridge and he realizes there is no turning back. Then, he is looking for a way to redeem himself and that was ultimately his journey.”
What kind of things did you do to help get into character?
“This is one of the most fun sets that I’ve ever been on. Taika is constantly playing music in between takes. I’m so proud of him. He really handled himself quite well and I imagine it would have been a pressure cooker situation to be responsible for this behemoth of a movie. But he did it with such grace and style. He created an environment that was not only fun but it was focused and that’s a rarity.”
You’re trying to survive and do the right thing, how do you teach that to your boys?
“I think with parenting the key is to lead by example and provide a lot of love and support for them. I am also a firm believer in allowing them to fall down and allowing them to make mistakes because that is ultimately the way we learn. If you can learn from somebody else’s mistake then you’re smart. But most of us learn by making mistakes. It’s wonderful to watch them grow and flourish when you don’t push them too hard. I think that’s when I’m most proud of my sons is when out of their own volition, they start to make the right choices in life.”
Karl Urban is a true gem in the Marvel cinematic universe! You will find yourself laughing at him as Skurge while also feeling frustrated with a few of his choices.
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