Taika Waititi talks ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and playing Korg

by W. Andrew Powell
Director Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth

Taika Waititi seems to know talent when he sees it, which is probably why the director casts himself in all of his own films. The tongue-in-cheek director has a rather dry sense of humour, and that makes him the perfect comic relief on-screen, whether you’re talking about What We Do In The Shadows, or his new film, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok where he plays the oddly lovable rock monster, Korg.

Earlier this week, Waititi visited Toronto to talk about his first superhero film, and I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about directing Chris Hemsworth, the evolution of Thor on screen, how they envisioned shaking up the story this time, and of course, Waititi’s role.

“Right from the beginning, Marvel said that they wanted this film to be fun,” Waititi said. “They wanted it to be audacious, and to go in a really new direction with the character, and so right from the start, we wanted to add all of this colour, and to really embrace the fun and the vitality of comic books, and transfer those splash pages that Jack Kirby [created] to the big screen.”

In terms of his own performance in the film, Waititi joked with me about the role.

“Just when I saw the acting that I was capable of, I really encouraged them to add the character to more scenes, because I just didn’t it would be fair to audiences to deprive them of my acting,” Waititi said.

Watch the full video interview with Taika Waititi below to hear him talk about making the film, and what comes next for him. Thor: Ragnarok is in theatres everywhere today.

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