Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi recently commented on directing himself as an actor in a way that only he could. The New Zealand filmmaker makes his big-budget debut with Ragnarok, which will be a major departure from the smaller dramas and comedies he’s made to this point in his career. But based on what’s been seen in its trailers, Ragnarok has a good chance to retain some of the eccentric humor that has marked the director’s work so far.
As well as helming a major studio production for the first time in his career, Waititi will also appear in Ragnarok as Korg, a Kronan beast originating from the Incredible Hulk comics. It’s nothing new for Waititi, who started his career as an actor and also directed himself in Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do In The Shadows. He addressed the unique challenges that actor-directors face in his own amusing way in a new interview.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Waititi joked about the benefits of working with himself as both an actor and director, repeatedly addressing himself in the third person with his tongue firmly planted in cheek:
“You’ve got to understand that Taika Waititi the actor is an incredible person to work with. When Taika Waititi the director comes across someone like that, it just seems appropriate to give that actor a bit more time to show what they can do. I did that, and my theory was correct. I was, he was that good. As an actor, I highly valued Taika Waititi the director, who was very generous to me in giving me a few more takes than everyone else, and really let me show what I can do.”
Obviously, he’s having some fun. However, taking the serious side, Waititi did imply that he fleshed out the character of Korg beyond just a few scenes as was as originally intended, according to the Los Angeles Times. The director donned a motion-capture suit to portray the creature, a large, imposing purple rock monster who will be similar to the giant Kronan seen in Thor: The Dark World and a formidable foe for Thor – especially if he fights alongside The Hulk.
Ragnarok has plenty of potential with Waititi behind the cameras, and his acting as Korg has a good chance to showcase the director’s eccentric brand of humor; especially as so much of it and the film was improvised. Previews for the sequel have already revealed a shift in tone toward humor and away from the often heavy-handed nature of the first two Thor movies. Waititi could ultimately land Ragnarok among the funniest movies in the entire MCU.
Regardless of how you may feel about Waititi’s changes to the Thor universe, there’s no arguing that Thor: Ragnarok will be different from what the franchise has brought before.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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