— Fandango (@Fandango) October 19, 2017
It’s not easy to make a big budget movie especially one that has an established franchise behind it like ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ does. However, from the reviews and reactions of those who have already seen the film, Taika Waititi has been able to take this franchise to a new level, and now the director is giving us some insight on the movie magic it takes to make one particularly funny and heartwarming brotherly scene.
In an episode of Variety’s “Notes on a Scene,” Waititi breaks down the ‘Get Help’ scene between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) where the brothers have a bit of bonding time before having to take down some bad guys using an old childhood game.
While many parts of ‘Thor: Ragnarok did benefit from improvisation from the actors, Waititi reveals that this scene was actually one of the few that stuck to the script indicating how important the passage was to the overall story. It was also one of the easiest to film as well:
“This basically was one of the simpler things to shoot and you’ll be so amazed to hear this but this was shot on a blue screen, so all of the stuff behind them isn’t real, doesn’t exist… The direction I gave to them was to stand still, know your lines and say them fast.”
Waititi goes on to explain the footage where Thor throws Loki at the group of bad guys (this one required more than just standing in front of a blue screen):
“This is obviously not Tom, this is a stuntman. Obviously, actors are very valuable and we do not want to damage the actor.”
Film buffs who love knowing what goes on behind the camera as well as what’s in front will enjoy watching Waititi give more movie magic insights below.