Taika Waititi is one of Hollywood’s quirkiest and most authentically funny creators right now. Waititi is well known for his work in the indie film scene as he directed critical darlings, ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ while also acting in both projects. Waititi’s success as a director for these indie gems put him on the map when Marvel began looking for a stylish new creative to helm their latest project, ‘Thor Ragnarok’. Waititi brought both his charm and wit to the set in order to talk about his role as a director and actor on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’.
Taika Waititi knows that ‘Thor Ragnarok’ is the biggest budget film he’ll likely ever work on but that hasn’t caused the charismatic creator to lose his sense of humor. Waititi talked to the Los Angeles Times in order to open up about his work on both ends of the production, as the director and the actor for the character Korg. As the director Waititi knows that, good or bad, every decision made will reflect upon him. As an actor, Waititi knows he has to bring more than just a good performance — he has to bring a performance that steals the show from talented actors like Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth.
In his interview with the Los Angeles Times Waititi said, “You’ve got to understand that Taika Waititi the actor is an incredible person to work with.” With a smile, Waititi continued: “As an actor, I highly valued Taika Waititi the director, who was very generous to me.” Waititi is clearly poking fun at his dual-role as both the man in charge as well as one of the actors in the trenches. This further illustrates the quirky sense of humor that Waititi is bringing to one of the most ambitious and important storyline’s in the career arc of Thor and Hulk.
‘Ragnarok’ will be hitting theaters on November 3rd, 2017. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and a slew of other A-List talents — alongside Waititi himself. While the film is titled after one of Thor’s most popular comic book arcs, there are already reasons to believe that this won’t be a direct adaptation. The film starts with Thor heading to Asgard when he finds Loki in charge, having taken over for Odin some few films ago. Any more information than that runs the risk of spoiling what will surely be an electric film.