Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

‘Thor ragnarok’: Director Taika Waititi says ‘we improvised probably 80 percent of the film’ confirms Clancy Brown voicing a character

After two Thor films which never really broke out, Thor: Ragnarok appears to be going in a different direction by hiring director Taika Waititi to put a comedic spin on these characters and the payoff appears to be huge after the release of the Comic-Con trailer that was released this past Saturday.

Waititi delivered a colorful, unexpected sequel which surprised fans and Waititi says that Thor Ragnarok improvised 80 percent of the film and teased that The Shawshank Redemption actor Clancy Brown has been added to the movie’s cast.

Speaking with MTV News, the filmmaker revealed a surprising statistic: “I would say we improvised probably 80 percent of the film, or ad-libbed and threw in stuff. My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it this way!’ I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.”

The director didn’t clarify exactly what he meant about the amount of improvisation, but most analysts think that Waititi must have shot this thing like a Judd Apatow comedy: the actors say the lines as written in Eric Pearson’s screenplay, and then he gives them some time to freestyle a little and play around to maybe find a better version of the same thing.

Waititi chatted with ComicBook and revealed that character actor Clancy Brown had joined the cast of Ragnarok.

He’ll provide the voice of Surtur, the Balrog-esque fiery demon that lives in the MCU’s Hel. Also worth noting: in addition to providing motion capture work for the character of Korg, Waititi himself also did the mo-cap work for Surtur.

The fire demon is something like a thousand feet tall, but that doesn’t stop the Hulk from jumping straight at him in the last moments of that Comic-Con trailer.

Brown’s most famous film role is as Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, but he’s also done tons of voiceover work for shows ranging from SpongeBob SquarePants to Star Wars: Rebels. Brown has also voiced the character of Red Hulk in three animated series thus far: Avengers AssembleUltimate Spider-Man, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor with Tom Hiddleston continuing his role as Loki. Tesse Thompson has be cast as Valkyrie and fan favorite Jeff Goldblum will be playing the Gamemaster.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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