Taika Waititi played a skewed version of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in his comedy “Jojo Rabbit”, and says he wasn’t concerned about historical accuracy when it came to his portrayal.
Waititi is among the participants in The Hollywood Reporter‘s recent Writer Roundtable, joined by Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”), Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”), Destin Daniel Cretton (“Just Mercy”) and Charles Randolph (“Bombshell”), all of whom have new projects based on real-life people.
In Waititi’s case, “Jojo Rabbit” blended fact with fiction, with his version of Der Fuehrer springing from the mind of a child.
“That version of Hitler that I wrote shares nothing with the real guy other than that moustache because he is conjured from the mind of a 10-year-old, so he can only know what a 10-year-old knows,” Waititi explains.
“I had no interest in writing an authentic portrayal, even though I played him, too,” he says. “Because I just didn’t think he deserved it. And I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of me actually having to read about him and study his nuances and mannerisms. I was like, ‘Screw this guy. I’m not going to do that.'”
Asked about Martin Scorsese’s controversial comments that Marvel movies are “not cinema” and more akin to theme parks than art, the “Thor: Ragnarok” director says he disagrees with that assessment.
“Having worked for Marvel, I know how much work goes into breaking stories for those films, the shooting and the postproduction. It’s all based on story and affecting people emotionally. Maybe it’s too colourful for him,” he says.
“Comics and graphic novels, people have always laughed at them as not being real art or real stories,” he adds. “It’s simply not true. Superheroes are our new mythology. At the end of the day, stories are either teaching us lessons or helping us experience the human condition in different ways.”
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