Thanks to Disney, I was able to interview Karl Urban at the Thor: Ragnarok Event. All opinions are mine.
Karl Urban AKA “Skurge”
The first thing I’ve got to tell you is that Karl Urban is the nicest guy! When he walked into the room where we were holding the interview, he went down every aisle and shook each of our hands. Being my first trip with Disney I had no idea that no one has EVER done that. After this interview, we were told that in all of the events he (Marshall) has ever put together, Karl Urban is the first guy who has ever taken the time to do that. He went up on my fangirl scale 1000%.
See right there…right before he shook my hand? Pretty awesome!
ALSO, the night before that, after the THOR: RAGNAROK premiere, he walked by where a few of us were standing on the sidewalk and gave us high fives and said hi to us. He was just so cool and down-to-earth. I’ll never forget that! Okay, enough gushing…
In my Taika Waititi interview post, I shared that all of Korg’s (played by Waititi) dialog was improvised. Someone asked Karl Urban how much of the script was improvised.
“Full credit to Marvel. They hired 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. [LAUGHTER] You’d be in the middle of a take and he’d be, ‘Oh why don’t you say this, say this line.’ It was actually kind of liberating because you felt comfortable in that there was no such thing as a bad choice. I think that really kind of afforded everybody a wonderful freedom to fully explore all the options. ”
Seeing the film at the premiere
The night of the Los Angeles World Premiere of THOR: RAGNAROK was the first time Karl had seen the completed film We asked what he thought about it.
“I feel so blessed. It was such a pleasurable experience to not only see the film with my friends and colleagues but to see the film with an audience who were thoroughly entertained. Again you have to give full credit to Taika and to Marvel for producing a film that reboots Thor in a wonderful, healthy, positive way. And I’m so happy for Chris that he’s finally been given the opportunity to spread his wings. I think that this film showcases his complete full potential.”
As I’m listening to this interview again and reading the transcript, I’m realizing that a lot of what we talked to Karl about are spoilers just because of who Skurge is in the film. In a couple of days, you can go SEE THOR: RAGNAROK, and I’ll do a full of spoilers wrap up! No, really, I am so excited to talk about the movie and give you more tidbits from these interviews that, if I gave you now, would spoil your experience seeing it firsthand. Be patient.
Being a part of the Marvel Universe
Of course, we wanted to know how Karl felt about being a part of the Marvel Universe.
“Being part of Marvel Universe is an absolute pleasure. They are a wonderful collaborative company, and I have a huge degree of respect for what they have done. And particularly what they have done on this film and how they’ve supported Taika and really put a network around him and gave him freedom and had the courage to let him do his job.”
Working with Cate Blanchett
Someone wanted to know how it was being in a film with such strong women like Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson.
“I think it would have been a boring movie without them. Cate and Tessa are so wonderful in this film. They are my favorite parts of the movie, and I love seeing Tessa’s swagger. I love the journey of her character…I thought it was a strong compelling journey. Then I had such a wonderful time working with Cate Blanchett. I mean to be perfectly honest, she was the reason I decided to do this movie. It was the opportunity to work with Cate Blanchett. I read that script and saw that ninety percent of my material was with her, I’m like where do I sign up; how much do I pay you?”
Then I got to ask a question, yay! But it has a bit of a spoiler, boo. I’ll share his answer with you later because I love it so much!
Are you excited for THOR: RAGNAROK yet? In just 2 days, it hit theaters everywhere, and then we can chat more! I’m so excited for you all to see this movie. I’m seeing it again opening day with my daughter.
Here’s the trailer again, just because it is so awesome!
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