Dinner theater’s got nothing on James Corden and the cast of Thor: Ragnarok.
The Late Late Show host surprised a crowd of early Los Angeles moviegoers by stopping a screening of the actual film to introduce a performance concept Corden touted as “Thor 4D,” in the process rolling out no fewer than six of the film’s principal actors for an uproarious reenactment of the movie’s high points. The set piece had the audience rolling and made great fodder for a pre-recorded segment on Corden’s show last night.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Mark Ruffalo all reprised their on-screen characters in this hilariously low-tech, Corden-narrated bit. Corden played the role of a stereotypically prissy, no-compromises director whose vision was nothing less than live, “4-D action, literally leaping off the screen!”
Oh, there’s action all right:
In a send-up of behind-the-scenes-style “making of” docs, the actors also give their own tongue-in-cheek candid hot takes on what it’s like working with such an auteur (and yes, we’re talking about Corden, not actual Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi). Blanchett gets extra credit for carelessly stuttering around Corden’s name as she tries to explain to a fictitious phone friend just who the hell Corden’s black-turtleneck-wearing prima donna is supposed to be.
Goldblum’s entrance on a kick scooter, proclaiming gloom and doom in his classic sarcastic deadpan, is another high point — among many. Check it out for yourself …then reflect on how much fun these gifted, often-serious actors must have had making Thor: Ragnarok.
As if you need another PSA for one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Thor: Ragnarok is now showing in theaters nationwide.