Taika Waititi – the director of Thor Ragnarok – can be counted on for a hilarious interview. The internet is chock-full of videos and images of him mugging for the camera in a variety of settings. (side-note: there’s also a surprising number of pictures of Taika sleeping wherever he finds a cozy spot).
In an interview with Australian comedian Adam Hills and the guys on The Last Leg, Waititi – who gave the motion-capture performance and voice for Korg in Thor Ragnarok– explains that he was inspired by the accent of the giant, Polynesian bouncers at nightclubs around New Zealand who effect a soft-spoken tone when talking that is at odds with their hulking stature.
“In New Zealand we have a lot of giant, hulking bouncers and that’s their accent, dudes with very delicate souls,” Waititi explained. “It’s very intimidating when you try to get into a nightclub… and it’s hard to decide what to do in that situation. Do you pick a fight with them? Because the voice betrays who they are. They end up breaking a lot of legs.”
If like us, you’re always up for more of Korg, check out all his best scenes below.
H/T – Comicbook