This is what New Zealander Taika Waititi says he had to do for Marvel Studios to entrust him with the direction of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
The humor in the superheroic adventures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, in general, a house brand. And, if we take it into account, to say that Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi 2017) should perhaps be considered the funniest film in such a large franchise, with the two volumes of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (2014, 2017 ), after her, is not mucus of turkey.
The main reason for so much fun is who is at the helm: Taika Waititi, who had already given us What We Do in the Shadows (2014), the hilarious mockumentary on which the homonymous series is available HBO Max is based. And, of course, the lucidity of its screenwriters, Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher L. Yost. But the New Zealand director played dirty to be able to take care of her.
Not very dirty either, yes, be careful; or so that he should lower his talented head and ask for forgiveness. On The Late Late Show with James Corden, the current version of the veteran CBS television show created by David Letterman in 1995 after the hosts Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn, and Ferguson ditto, Taika Waititi explained how he managed to stay with the project from Thor: Ragnarok.
Taika Waititi said yes to everything to be able to deal with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
“When a movie like Thor comes your way, what do you think you have to do to impress the people at Marvel?” asks the London presenter. “It was the biggest budget you had ever worked with; It was a jump to do it.” And Don Taika Waititi, without cutting a hair, replies: “Say yes, say yes to everything. “I can do that. I won’t let you down.” You know: if you want a job, you have to lie, you have to pretend ”.
And the actress Pamela Adlon, creator of the series Better Things with Louis CK (2016-2022) and with the director on the sofa of the CBS set, supports his words. “Mel Brooks said, ‘Say yes to everything, even if you’re talking without a clue. You just have to say yes, and then you get to the point where you’re doing it and everything works .” And boy did it work. Not only did we have a great time with Thor: Ragnarok, but it has also been repeated in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), pending release.
Before he had also dealt with other films such as Eagle vs. Shark (2007), Boy (2010), and Wildebeest Hunt (2016), and, since he has put the pike in Marvel Studios, he has directed three episodes of What We Do in the Shadows for his friend Jemaine Clement (since 2019 ), the Oscar-winning feature film Jojo Rabbit (2019) or the chapter “Redemption” (1×08) of The Mandalorian (since 2019), Jon Favreau’s galactic series. Will he have said yes to everything for it?