THOR RAGNAROK Spoiler Alert: This movie is hysterical and so good!
The third “Thor” movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Thor: Ragnarok” is headed to theaters November 3. You know who has to head to theaters on that date? You. This movie is hysterical, action packed and has a killer score. I caught up with the epic cast at the Beverly Hills Montage Hotel for an exclusive chat about the blockbuster film and franchise.
My sit down included Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios, producer), Taika Waititi (Director), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Kate Blanchett (Hela), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Karl Urban (Skurge) and Rachel House (Topaz).
In Thor Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
I am not above mentioning that I may have gasped and struggled for air a bit when Chris Hemsworth walked in the room! He is everything. But playing everything; this larger than life super hero takes some doing. Chris shared how Director Taika Waititi helped to create an incredible film.
Chris Hemsworth: “Taika Waititi, basically. I think we all had a, a vision, and an idea, and a want to do something vastly different than what we’d done before, and take it to a different place. And that meant kind of doing away with what we knew, and just reinventing it, and it all came from his crazy, wonderful brain, and his inspiration, and him pushing us every day on set, and constantly encouraging us to improvise, and explore, and take risks.”
Taika is incredible. Not only did he direct Thor Ragnarok but he has pays incredibly memorable and likeable character in the film Korg.
Taika shared what it was like moving from making smaller pictures to making a movie of this scale.
Takia Watiti: “I knew my strengths were just like tone, character, and you know, relationships, and things, and I had to ignore the scale of this monster, this beast… It’s a huge, huge film. And what can be distracting on set is if you look over your shoulder, and you see 300 people standing there.”
Marvel Studios and film producter Kevin Feige weighed in on Taika’s role in giving the actors in Thor Ragnarok the confidence needed to deliver in the film.
Kevin Feige: “And if you look at the movie, it’s got the epic action. It’s got Thor arguably more powerful than he’s ever been in any of the films, with his powers going up against the Hulk, but at the same time embracing what Mr. Hemsworth does better than anyone up until now has ever been able to see, which is his acting chops expands to comedy in an amazing, in an amazing way. And Taika giving them the confidence to explore that, and to try things.”
I am a huge Jeff Goldblum fan! Jeff has been able to inject a bit of himself, his manners, quirks and fun sensibility into the film in a way that is brutally funny; literally!
Jeff Goldblum: “Joining a group like this, a cast like this is a dream come true. Taika – working with Taika, that was my first, you know, connection point to the movie. We had a meeting, and hit it off, and he said what we were gonna do, and improvise, and have fun…. They know how to make these epic productions, and popular movies, but they want to make good movies. And they somehow uniquely know how to do them, that feels to me like an actorly, workshop-y, character-y, improvisatory, delightful experience – and make a movie that I think skins the cat like this is just – I’m grateful, overwhelmingly grateful.”
Can we talk about Cate Blanchett…She is Hela good in Thor Ragnarok.
Cate Blanchett: “It was hugely enjoyable for me. And apart from working with these guys, obviously, the chance to finally, in my deep middle age, to get fit, and to wear that much lycra was really exciting for me…. I went back to two things, primarily. I went back to the extraordinary images that are there in the original comics, and then I went to the fan base, ‘cause there’s all these Hela fan girls who are doing these extraordinary make-ups online…. So I started with the visual, rather than the textural, I think.”
Loki in the Thor films is that character that you both love and hate. Tom Hiddleston shared a bit about Loki and Thor’s evolution in Thor Ragnarok.
Tom Hiddleston: “I mean, in a way, in this film, it is about, I think … the development of the relationship between Thor and Loki, his brothers, is – Thor has evolved, and grown, and matured; and Loki in a way is stuck in his struggles of the past. And that’s, in a way, that’s the challenge for Loki in this, is that he’s got to confront the fact that time is moving on, and people change.”
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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!
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