I’m grateful for my job. Interviewing celebrities is lots of fun. Sometimes you meet an actor and they blow you away. That’s what happened when Karl Urban walked into a room of 25 bloggers during the press junket for Thor: Ragnarok. He walked into the room with thundering applause then took the time to walk around the room and shake every single person’s hand and introduce himself. That right there shows not only grace but just proves that this guy is a stand-up guy.
In Thor: Ragnarok he gives an amazing performance. I’m not just talking about his physique either. His character arc is incredible and I can’t wait for all of you to see it. Until then, let’s dive into the interview:
Q: I heard that a lot of the movie is improvised, can you go into that?
Karl Urban: “Allegedly [LAUGHTER] You know what, I guess full credit to Marvel. They hired a a director, in Taika who has a very strong comedic style and sensibility and they actually let him do his job. There was already a brilliant foundation in the script and we would shoot a couple of versions of what was on the page and then shoot a wealth of material that Taika quite frankly just made up and there was nothing sacrilegious about a take, you’d be in the middle of a take and he’d be, oh why don’t you say this line. And it’s a piece of direction just yell it out. It was actually kind of liberating because it was sort of-You felt comfortable in that you could- there was no such thing as a bad choice that there was nothing precious about it. I think that really kind of afforded everybody a wonderful freedom to fully explore all the options. I can’t wait to see the extras on this movie. I mean it’s like the movie is funny and entertaining but I think the extras are going to be as equally entertaining and I can’t wait to see them.”
Q: What did you think the first time you saw the movie?
Karl Urban: “Oh I just you know what it was it was, I feel so blessed. It was such a pleasurable experience to not only see the film with with my friends and colleagues but to to see the film with an audience who were thoroughly entertained. Again you have to give full credit to Taika and to Marvel for really producing a film-That I think reboots Thor in a wonderful healthy positive way. I’m so happy for Chris that he’s actually finally been given the opportunity to spread his wings. I think that this film showcases his complete full potential. You know, everyone is allowed to bring it.”
Q: Can you talk about the arc of your character?
Karl Urban: “Well it was on the page. I got a call from Taika saying listen there’s this character in this movie that I I’d love you to go and I’d wanted to work with Taika for a long time, I’m a huge fan of his work from What We Do In The Shadows, to Wilderpeople, and Boy. So already he had my half hooked right just by calling me, [LAUGHTER] but he sent me the script and I immediately recognized that there was actually something profoundly emotionally compelling about this character’s journey that was eminently relatable.
Here’s a character that’s put in a situation where he has to make a decision, he has to align himself with a cause that he does not believe in but it’s the only thing he can do in order to survive. I thought that was a very interesting moral dilemma. And then of course, you know, once he’s crossed that bridge and he realizes there is no turning back, then he is looking for a way to redeem himself and that was ultimately his journey. It resonated on the page. So I I had full confidence that left unmolested it was going to translate onto the screen.”
Q: What kind of things did you do to help get into character?
Karl Urban: “I can say this is one of the most fun sets that I’ve ever been on. Taika is constantly playing music in between takes. I’m so proud of him. He really handled himself with quite aplomb and I imagine it would have been a pressure cooker situation to be responsible for this behemoth movie. But he did it with such aplomb and such grace and style. He created an an environment that was not only fun but it was focused. That’s a rarity.”
Q: What’s it like being part of Marvel Universe and what’s next for you, will we see you in any of the Dredd films?
Karl Urban: “Being part of Marvel Universe is an absolute pleasure, they are a wonderful collaborative company. I just have a huge degree of admiration or respect for for what they have done. Particularly what they have done on this film and how they’ve supported Taika and really put a network around him and gave him the freedom and- and had the courage to let him do his job.
That’s why nobody does it better than than these guys. Many people try and copy them, but they have got a formula and they they are heavily aligned with the creative element of the process. I think that’s to their benefit.
A Dredd TV show, okay well, Rebellion who own the rights to Dredd are in the process of developing a a TV show that won’t be a sequel to the movie, but it’ll be I guess a reboot or a reimagining. I’ve said to them yes I’m interested in reprising that role if they write a character that has a purpose and a function and there’s a sort of, you know, an emotionally compelling story, then I would love the opportunity to go back and continue to explore that character. So we’ll see what they do. I guess the movie that I’m most excited about apart from Thor is a film that I shot this year with Sofía Vergara, who’s so brilliant. It’s this movie called Bent that was written and directed by Bobby Moresco, who wrote Crash and Million Dollar Baby. So it’s got a great pedigree it’s a sort of a modern take on a classic noir genre and I just had the best time working with Sofía I think you all know her for her comedy, which she does extraordinarily well. In this film she engineers a real paradigm shift and she plays this femme fatale and she’s going to blow people away.”
About Thor Raganrok
In Marvel Studios’ “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. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.