Taika Waititi says he made Thor: Ragnarok to impress parents, gain Twitter followers

Taika Waititi at Sundance
Waititi had some unusual reasons for making the smash-hit superhero film. Photo credit: Getty

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has starred in a hilarious new video, promoting the release of the successful superhero movie onto DVD and Blu-ray.

Its laughs from the start, as Waititi describes that "ultimately [Thor: Ragnarok] is about Thor... Ragnarok... and his journey... to some outer space places."

The director behind What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople keeps up his classic Kiwi humour, as he explains "people often ask me, 'why did you become a filmmaker?'. Well the main reason - I just wanted to impress my mum and dad and to show them I'm not a loser."

"I can get close to being J.J Abrams - I know you wanted him as a son, I'm sorry I'm not J.J Abrams."

He goes on to cite Abrams directing some of the Star Wars franchise as a reason for wanting to emulate him, interesting as rumours swirl around Hollywood that Waititi himself might have been offered that very role.

"Why did I make this film? For kudos. And followers on Twitter," Waititi adds, also describing the unlikely influence that On Golden Pond and Independence Day had on his smash hit film.

It's not the first hilarious glimpse at behind-the-scenes of Thor we've seen from Waititi. His clowning around was also showcased in an earlier clip Marvel released to tease the film's upcoming release on DVD and Blu-ray.


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