Taika Waititi playing three characters in Thor: Ragnarok

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Mar 25, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Director Taika Waititi must really love the spotlight.

Waititi has confirmed that he will be in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Not just one role, mind you; not even two. No, he's playing three different characters in the film -- and this is besides directing!

"I’m in it. I’m in all my films. I can’t help it," Waititi told Nerdist during a set visit. "I’ll just jam myself in there if there’s a space. I’m playing one of the Planet Hulk characters: Korg, who’s a Kronan."

Korg is a huge stone creature, like the one seen below in Thor: The Dark World. So Waititi will be disguised by motion-capture and CGI makeup.


Waititi also revealed that he gave himself what is probably the coolest role in the film: that of Surtur, a huge fire-demon shown in the latest trailer, who will also, obviously, be mo-cap. He admitted that his voice will probably be dubbed by another actor before it hits cinemas, though.


But he's not done! After Mark Ruffalo's scenes had wrapped on the Australian set, Waititi would "often jump in for Hulk’s stuff.” When called for, Waititi would put on the mo-cap suit and channel his inner green.

So, in theory, there could be scenes with multiple characters all played by Waititi. Of course, Waititi's no stranger to being in front of the camera -- as he's done on numerous occasions, including famously in What We Do in the Shadows, which he co-wrote and directed with Jemaine Clement. But three roles? That's a lot of self-directed acting.


What do you think? Is it cool when a director steps in front of the camera, or do you want them to focus more on making the film?

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters Nov. 3.