Karl Urban is most known for his extensive acting work in both the sci-fi and fantasy genres. He became first known for playing Julius Caesar and Cupid in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He would then go on to play Eomer in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Vaako in the second and third installments of the Riddick series, and Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise. Now he is moving on to play Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.
Screen Rant got to talk with Karl Urban at San Diego Comic Con 2017, where we discussed what attracted him to work on Thor: Ragnarok, what his character Skurge encounters throughout the film, and whether or not we’ll see him as Bones McCoy in another Star Trek film.
This Thor film is a lot different from the previous Thor films we’ve seen. From the color palette all the way to the music, what attracted you to this film?
Karl Urban: What attracted me to this film? There’s three things. There’s the script, first of all, which I thought was really cool, Cate Blanchett, and this guy Taika Waititi.
Speaking of Taika Waititi, he’s an amazing film director. What did you learn on set from working with him?
Karl Urban: Well, I guess there’s nothing sacred in a take when you work with Taika and I like that. He’s not so precious about it and he would throw you directions or lines and it was a very fluid and collaborative process. It was a lot of fun. Unlike anything I’d ever done before. So much fun. Laughing so much. Yeah.
This Thor film has a lot of comedy in it. Or it seems to have a lot of comedy in it and we got to see characters like Hulk and Loki back. Tell me about some of the relationships your character encounters in this film with Loki and with Thor himself.
Karl Urban: Primarily, in this film, I spend most of the time paired up with Cate Blanchett and her character Hela. And once she turns up, my character Skurge really has a decision to make and it’s about survival. It’s either join her or die. And he’s not the brightest tool in the shed, but he’s bright enough to know what he has to do to survive, which is interesting because once you make a deal with the devil, then you got to pay the man. And that’s the story of Skurge.
Real quick. Just switching gears for a second. Your character Bones McCoy is my favorite Star Trek character, but your iteration is my favorite. What are the chances that we are going to get to see you reprise that role? Because there is a lot of talk.
Karl Urban: I’ll tell you if Paramount greenlights a fourth movie for us, I’ll be there. I love working with those guys and you know the fans love those characters. Yeah. It’d be a blast.
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