Scarlett Johansson hit the red carpet in Toronto at the world premiere of the new anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit”.
Directed by Taika Waititi and featuring a cast that includes Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Rebel Wilson, “Jojo Rabbit” tells the tale of a young German boy and proud member of the Hitler Youth who has an imaginary friend — who just happens to be Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi). When he discovers his mother Rosie (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home, Jojo must decide between his indoctrinated beliefs and his humanity in the touching coming-of-age satire.
ET Canada‘s Sangita Patel caught up with Johansson on the red carpet at TIFF, where she reveals she didn’t know what the director had planned for the role of the Fuehrer.
“When I met with him to talk about it, I didn’t know he was taking on the role of Hitler. I hadn’t even been able to imagine it in my mind and then he told me and I was like, ‘Oh. Okay.’ It’s different to how I thought about it in my mind.”
Known for his comedies, including “What We Do In The Shadows” and “Eagle vs. Shark”, the director-actor and his approach saw Johansson and her castmates do a lot of improvisation.
“Taika will write lines right there, right before a take, and you’re being fed lines while you’re shooting. It’s very playful,” she explains about stepping into the role of Jojo’s mom Rosie.
“I wanted her to be this comfy character that just felt like mom and was playful, and whimsical and romantic. The mother-son relationship in this film is so touching and really the heartbeat of this story and you need that to juxtapose everything else that’s going on.”
Though Jojo has Hitler to lean on as his imaginary friend, Johansson says she never felt the urge to have a make-believe playmate, thanks to her twin brother Hunter.
“I have a twin brother so he’s certainly not imaginary but he was like a built-in playmate all the time, so I didn’t even really need an imaginary friend because he just became everyone for me,” she laughs.
Following its TIFF screenings, “Jojo Rabbit” will debut in theatres on October 18.