Marvel has been synonymous for bringing to the forefront on actors that have been under the radar for sometime. Though previously attached to major franchises, Karl Urban’s character in Thor Ragnarok gives this actor a more diverse role for audiences to see. On a beautiful Miami afternoon, I was lucky enough to sit down with the Hollywood star on the 17th floor at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Brickell to talk about his latest role. With all the buzz surrounding the film, it was only natural to see how his kids, the real target audience, reacted considering the other dads on set. In a laugh he replies,“They were pretty happy that I was going to be in this Thor movie. Both of them came to visit me on set, but you know they have been to a set before. They weren’t really overly excited but yeah they saw the movie and really enjoyed it!”
Although his kids were won over, he still needed to prepare for the role, “I did spend some time of the gym, to lift those machine guns (Dez & Troy) I read a few of the comics, did some research on the internet, read the script and made some choices on how the dialect and the character would sound. furthermore, those were conversations that I had with the director. We wanted a very blue collar working class feel sort of south London feel a lot of the characters from Asgard had a certain aristocratic feel about them so we wanted there to be a difference, and we decided to go in that direction.” It was not just the physical training but also the extensive make up needed to portray his character, “Well I shaved my head everyday, and I guess the process took about an hour and a half, everyday. It wasn’t the most overly complex make up job that I have done. The wardrobe was probably the most challenging aspect of that character, just learning how to walk and move and all that stuff. The armor was heavy, and very restricting. It was hard to bend your arms and legs, one of the toughest things I have ever had to do in my career was the sequence at the end of the film which was the fighting.” Not to mention the heat, “We shot in Atlanta and it was about 110 degrees that day and I was physically worn!’
Karl Urban is no stranger in joining big franchises from Lord of the Rings, to Star Trek to now joining Marvel, when asked about his experience with Marvel he said “ I had a great experience with Marvel, and as an actor what I’m most appreciative of is the creative support that they put in place for the creative element. To see the way they were supportive of Taika Waititi so wonderfully through their shoot, and we as actors felt so included and part of a family. They hired Taika to do what he does best and actually had the courage to let him do it. Which when you think about it… it’s like giving him a Ferrari for him to take for a ride, but not only did he put his foot on the pedal he also set new lap times.” Obviously being very happy with Marvel and his director Taika Waititi, I asked him if he was proud of the finished product. “Let’s face it the Thor franchise needed a reboot, not saying they were bad films but not very well received by both fans and critics. It was really wonderful to see Chris Hemsworth doing something really different with the character, it was refreshing and it set himself up and the franchise for many years to come and certainly I think the script writers with other installments that Thor is partaking and noticed there is so much more you can do with this character and this universe. One of the things I’m looking forward to seeing are all the blu ray extras on this. I know for a fact you can cut together another three full length films with just the extra footage they shot, all with a different outcome and I would argue that it can possibly as hilarious as the main event itself.”
As the interview was coming to an end, I couldn’t help myself but ask the Hollywood star about another project. One that I know ALL fans want to know the answer to… rumor has it that there is a DREDD TV series in the works, any chance we might see you reprise that role? “Look there is always a chance, I had a chance to speak to the producers that own the rights to that, and I have expressed my interest to them and simply said listen if you guys write some material that has a compelling and emotional journey for the character and if he contributes to the overall story and has a function and a purpose then I would love to do it. We all know the audience wants to see more of it, I definitely want to do it so the ball is pretty much in their court. It would be interesting to see what they come up with.”
Last question Mr. Urban, If Skurge and Thor got into a fight one on one who would win? * Laughing* “Great question… Skurge without a doubt.”
So there you have it folks, there is no doubt in my mind that this film is going to be colossal in the box office. I also want to thank Mr. Karl Urban for taking the time to sit and chat with me. I can’t stress enough how great this film is. Marvel knocked it out of the park once again and I encourage everyone to take some time to check it out. Thor Ragnarok is wildly entertaining as it is hilarious. It is in my opinion the best Thor film to date. Thor Ragnarok opens in theaters November 3rd , 2017.