“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has revealed that much of his first directorial effort in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was made up on the fly.
The New Zealand filmmaker’s sensibilities can be seen all over the two trailers released so far for “Thor: Ragnarok,” and that free-flowing style has led to plenty of praise already about how this could be not just the best of the “Thor” films to date, but one of the best MCU titles.
Over the weekend, Waititi spoke with MTV and was asked how much of the film was improvised and shot in a way that resembled his earlier indie New Zealand films. He says:
“I would say we improvised 80% of the film, or ad-libbed or threw in… My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, Say this, Say it like this, Say it this way!’. I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.
In a film like this, you want it to be fun. I’m trying to bring my tone and sensibility from my other films. I’m trying to foster a familial, very loose and collaborative mood on set.”
This means it took some of the actors a little while to get into the groove of his filmmaking style, including Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo. Waititi shared a brief story about that:
“Mark Ruffalo would be finished shooting for the day, and he’d come up to me and he’d be like: ‘Why have we not been fired yet? We are doing the most insane stuff in this film, so where’s the phone call?'”
For others like Chris Hemsworth, it was easier. Waititi says this film’s take on Thor far more closely resembles Hemsworth’s real life personality.
In other news, Karl Urban spoke to IGN at the con and explained how his character Skurge gets caught up in the story:
“When we find Skurge, he’s operating the Bifrost because Heimdall is missing in action, and then pretty soon after that Hela shows up. Skurge sees the writing on the wall and has to make a decision whether to die or join her, so his instincts of self-preservation take over.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” is currently targeting a November 2nd release.