"Jojo Rabbit" director Taika Waititi said he felt "overly nervous" playing Hitler's imagination in his film about a boy who grew up in Nazi Germany during World War II, and that it was never his intention to do so when he wrote the script for it.
"I had no intention of all writing the script and it was really something that Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do," Waititi told TheWrap's Beatrice Verhoeven at the Toronto International Film Festival. "They encouraged me to take on the role and I was very nervous about it. But I thought, & # 39; You know? Sometimes in a generation, an artist comes together that kind of changes the game … & # 39; "
" Well, you can't afford him, "Stephen Merchant, who plays a Gestapo officer in the movie, jokes.
The movie is set in a German town where 10-year-old Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) wants more than just being a good little Nazi. But he was a scared little kid who earned the nickname "Jojo Rabbit" when he refused to kill a rabbit in a Nazi training camp. So he's not creating an imaginary friend: an adorable Adolph Hitler who encourages the boy's worst impulses. Local Nazis were played by Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson and Merchant.
Asked what was the hardest part about Hitler's play, Waititi said, "only that he was too ugly." Turns out, Waititi pulled out her real mustache. and used a stick-on for Hitler's unique facial hair. "I'm not comfortable growing one and walking around town in my days," he said.
"Is it because of the quality of his performance?" The actor, whose latest credits include "Fighting With my Family" and "Good Men," went on to joke that he did not receive the praise for his performance he expected from Waititi.
"I quickly skimmed the script to see how many lines, and I had a good part of the dialogue and mainly dominated the scenes I was in, so I thought, & # 39; yes." , I will do it without money, & # 39; s in favor, "Merchant said. "I don't really feel like I got the credit I deserved for shlepping all the way to Prague and getting dressed as a Gestapo officer, but maybe it'll go down the pipe at some point … Maybe I'll finally get it. a few compliments from the director. "
" Jojo Rabbit "also stars Scarlett Johansson and will hit theaters on October 18.
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