Taika Waititi says he made Thor: Ragnarok for more Twitter followers in hilarious Blu-ray promo

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Feb 6, 2018

Did you know Taika Waititi's parents wish he was J.J. Abrams and that Thor: Ragnarok was inspired by My Fair Lady? Well, that's what the 42-year-old New Zealand director says in a humorous little promo video for the movie's home release on digital and Blu-ray.

"People often ask me, 'Why did you become a filmmaker?' Well, the main reason, [I] just wanted to impress my mom and dad and to show them I'm not a loser," he says at the start of the video. "I don't care what you say. I can achieve some dreams, not my own dreams, but other people's dreams. I can get close to being J.J. Abrams, I know you wanted him as a son."

He then goes on to say that he made the film simply for a "kudos" and more followers on Twitter. Waititi adds that his "inspirations" for the project were Peter Pan, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Independence Day, "a smidgen of On Golden Pond," Beaches, and My Fair Lady. This is kinda like playing two truths and a lie, isn't it? 

Watch the full promo below in all of its comedic glory. 

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Thor: Ragnarok hammers its way to digital platforms on Feb. 20, while the Blu-ray won't be available until March 6. However, the latter will include a ton of special features, such as a look at the film's strong female characters, Waititi discussing the arduous process of "casting" Korg, and a sequel to "Team Thor" where the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) arrives on Earth and moves in with Thor's former roomate Daryl (Daley Pearson).