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 Director Taika Waititi . All opinions are my own.
When I watched Thor: Ragnarok, I found myself laughing, enjoying the soundtrack and glued to the big screen.
Confession: I didn’t do that as much with the previous Thor movies.
The moment Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi walked in the room, I knew exactly why this movie felt so different that the others. Because he is different. And, don’t worry, remember different is a good thing!
Waititi greeted us all like we were old friends with his “tomato juice” in hand with a big grin and said, “What’s up Moms?!”
Then, he sat down to give us a full disclosure, “I am running off of little sleep, thanks to a two and five-year-old!”
(Not to mention he also attended the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere the night before)
I know we would be friends in real life. He is hilarious and completely relatable (especially since I am also running off little sleep lately).
He is a man of many talents: Director and star (Korg) of Thor: Ragnarok, film director, screenwriter and comedian. Add father of two young children to the mix and it’s amazing to watch him become the trailblazer that he has become for the Marvel family.
An Exclusive Interview with
Marvel’s Taika Waititi
When Marvel loses their minds movie magic happens
When asked what it was like jumping into the Marvel world, Waititi describes it has harrowing and exciting.
Prior to directing Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi’s experience was directing low-budget independent films.
When Waititi was asked to meet with Marvel he shared his initial feelings, “I thought the Marvel company has lost their mind and that they are asking anyone to do anything!”
Waititi shared with us that he wasn’t quite sure he wanted to get outside of his comfort zone, but realized he was getting too comfortable with his older films.
He said, “After years of making films, I wanted to keep upping the game and learning.”
A meeting of the minds
Waititi describes the moment he met Marvel executives,
“I did the pitch with Marvel. They’re really amazing people. The thing with pitch is that a lot of people think it’s been about pitching stories. I think it’s about sussing each other out, figuring out if you want to hang out for two years. So, we hung out in the Marvel offices and I haven’t had any regrets.”
The clever addition of Korg
Waititi known for his witty humor doesn’t hesitate to answer the question to why he would add more pressure to himself by also starring in the film himself, “Because I am a self saboteur!”
He jokingly adds, “Any chance I get to put my career as risk. I will just do it. Also, I will wedge myself into any film I do. I really love the actor Taika.
With Planet Sakaar and the crazy elements of this film, you often need something that is grounded for the audience.
(Potential spoiler alert)
Korg is the mother of the prison and looks after everyone and I think audience appreciates having someone that is down to earth and gentle. You need that. This film is crazy”
Fun fact: Waititi confirmed that all of Korg’s dialogue is improvised.
When asked if Korg would be in future Marvel movies, his lips were sealed. I hope we do see him again because he is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Universe.
Using the script as a template
The Thor: Ragnarok Director adds, “Certain pieces of information we wanted to get across in the film (with Korg), but in many of my films I use the script as a template and a suggestion of where I want to go with it.”
On the set of Thor: Ragnarok
He admits, “I ruined multiple takes. By being in front of the camera or laughing off screen.”
Laughing along Waititi told us that he enjoyed being on the side lines telling the actors what to do, “I can’t believe I am making Anthony Hopkins say whatever I want.”
Changing the way viewers feel
Waititi says, “There is a trend lately with movies and not just superhero movies, were just depressing and sad.”
He further explains, “I remember watching movies as a kid watching Karate Kid and I would run out of the theatre like Danny Larusso. I want people to come out of the cinema smiling. You go to any cinema in town and nobody comes out smiling anymore. (Perhaps it’s the $10 for parking, $80 for a sitter).”
The world is crazy right now. It’s nice to get away right now and escape. Smile, Laugh and a little bit of escape. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
The award for favorite Thor: Ragnarok performance goes to…
Waititi told us he knew Jeff Goldblum would be that good, but Chris Hemsworth’s performance was his favorite.
“He is charming, and fun. If he was actually Thor I would totally go on an adventure with him. Particularly when him and Mark Ruffalo are together. I loved that.”
If you were a fly on the wall during this interview you would have heard roars of laughter from both sides of the table.
He has the ability to make complete strangers laugh and smile instantaneously. It’s a feeling that I felt when I watched Thor: Ragnarok.
Director Waititi is fun, loves what he does and it shows in his work. One thing I know for sure, I am a Waititi fan for life and I know you will be too once you see any of his films. At this rate, this trailblazer will be a household name in no time.
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