The recently released Thor: Ragnarok brought a big helping of comedy to the world of Marvel’s God of Thunder. That comedy seems to come naturally to director Taika Waititi. As well as steering the franchise in a more comedic direction from his director’s chair, Waititi starred as one of the film’s funniest characters. Korg, one of the warriors Thor encounters on Sakaar, is a rock-bodied alien and failed revolutionary. Waititi gives Korg a soft voice and friendly manner that are at odds with his stony appearance. The character becomes Ragnarok‘s comic relief, happily warning Thor of his impending doom and generally brightening the mood of many a dark moment.
Jasin Boland, the film’s still photographer, recently shared a look at Waititi bringing Korg to life, minus CGI magic. The image, posted to Boland’s Twitter account, shows Waititi in a motion capture suit with a cutout Korg head on his hat. Interestingly, the image of Korg that Waititi wore shows a rather more menacing design than was used in the finished film. Probably taken from early concept art, this image gives Korg deep-set pale eyes and a monstrous scowl. Perhaps it was decided this was a little too at odds with Korg’s friendly demeanour? You can see the image in the tweet below:
Ever wonder how #korg was born? @taikawaititi @markruffalo @chrishemsworth #cateblanchett #chrishemsworth @twhiddleston @karlurban @tessamaethompson @jeffgoldblum @idriselba @marvelstudios @anthonyhopkins @thorragnarokofficial @marvel #mcu @nikonaustralia @nikonusa @nikonam… pic.twitter.com/jmxY5032pU
— Jasin boland (@jasinboland) November 22, 2017
What did you think of Waititi’s performance as Korg? Do you have a favourite Korg moment? Let us know in the comments below!
Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, and Jeff Goldblum. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.”
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters everywhere.