With the huge smile, Karl Urban made his way around the room to shake all of our hands before our interview got started.
*That’s me in the yellow shirt
What a sweetheart and what an entrance. After doing that, Karl made his way back to his seat and had our undivided attention as he discussed Thor: Ragnarok and his role as Skurge in the film.
*He even talked about the Dredd TV Show (can be found at the bottom of the post)
Here’s what he had to say…
It was Taika who called him about doing the role of Skurge.
“… I’d wanted to work with Taika for a long time, I’m a huge fan of his work…so already he had me half hooked just by calling me [LAUGHTER], but he sent me the script and I immediately recognized that there was actually something profoundly emotionally compelling about this character’s journey that was eminently relatable.
There is more to his character than meets the eye.
“…Here’s a character that’s put in a situation where he has to make a decision, he has to align himself with a cause that he does not believe in but it’s the only thing he can do in order to survive. And I thought that was a very interesting moral dilemma…once he’s crossed that bridge and he realizes there is no turning back, he is looking for a way to redeem himself and that was ultimately his journey…”
He thinks it would have been a boring movie without Cate (Hela) and Tessa (Valkyrie)
“…Cate and Tessa are so wonderful in this film, they are my favorite parts of the movie and I love seeing Tessa’s swagger. I love the journey of her character from the dark place that she was in to redemption, to reclaiming herself with her identity. I thought it was a a strong compelling journey.
Cate Blanchett was one of the reasons he wanted to do this film.
“…I had such such a a a wonderful time working with Cate Blanchett. I mean to be perfectly honest, she was the reason I decided to do this movie, it was the opportunity to work with Cate Blanchett. I read that script and saw that ninety percent of my material was with her, I’m like where do I sign up [LAUGHTER] how much do I pay you?”
Thor: Ragnarok “reboots Thor in a wonderful healthy positive way.”
“I’m so happy for Chris that he’s actually finally been given the opportunity to spread his wings. I think that this film showcases his complete full potential…”
He can’t wait to see the extras for this film.
“I can’t wait to see the extras on this movie…I mean it’s like the movie is funny and entertaining but I think the extras are going to be as equally entertaining and I can’t wait to see them.”
Here is what he had to say about the Dredd TV Show…
“Rebellion, who own the rights to Dredd, are in the process of developing a TV show that won’t be a sequel to the movie, but it’ll be I guess a reboot or a reimagining. And I’ve said to them yes I’m interested in reprising that role if they write a character that has a purpose and a function and there’s a sort of an emotionally compelling story, then I would love the opportunity to go back and continue to explore that character. So, we’ll see what they do.”
Want to know more about Thor: Ragnarok?
Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok opens in U.S. theaters on November 3rd…Go and see it, you won’t regret it.
Disclosure: I went on this trip as part of a Disney/ABC/Freeform press trip. All of my travel, lodging and meal expenses were covered by them. No other compensation was received. However, all opinions/thoughts are 100% my own