With the Grandmaster playing a significant role in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film, many have been excited about Jeff Goldblum entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not much is known about his role outside of the trailers highlighting him as the mastermind behind the gladiator matches, which will show Thor fighting against his old comrade, the Hulk. In an interview with the actor by Entertainment Weekly, he was asked how his experience was becoming a part of this world.
“I enjoyed it. I didn’t have scenes with Cate Blanchett, but she was in The Life Aquatic, of course, so we’d been in touch, and I’ve seen her since. I just adore her, so it was great to be in another movie with her, even just by association. The other Hemsworth brother, that now makes two for me, and he couldn’t have been sweeter or more down-to-earth, like the whole family.”
Interestingly, the quote indicates that the Grandmaster and Hela don’t meet in the film. This highlights that idea the events on Sakaar may have nothing to do with Hela at all and that it’s a plot point independent of the shitstorm going on in Asgard with Hela.
Another major part of the interview was him talking about the director Taika Waititi. Not only did he highly praise the director, but also pointed out that he was encouraged to improvise. This is an interesting direction that could make the humor, banter and character interactions in the film stand out; Iron Man was heavily improvised and we know how great it turned out.
“What I particularly loved is the director, Taika Waititi. He really got me involved in this because I’m a fan of his, from Flight of the Conchords and all his movies, not only Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy but especially What We Do In the Shadows. When we first talked, he said, “I want you to do your particular version of this character without being comic-y or grandiloquent. I think you should do something that’s in your creative family tree. And also improvise.” He was very interested in improvisation. We came to all those scenes and riffed enjoyably for the time we had. I don’t know what’s gonna come out in the mix because we gave him a whole bunch of different choices, I’ll tell you that. He’s great. Taika Waititi gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums.”
Hopefully, Ragnarok ends up being good enough to merit 10 out of 10 Goldblums, the most prestigious rating system in the galaxy. Information is still quite vague on how much of Goldblum we will in fact see throughout the film, as his character seems to be mainly focused on the Planet Hulk part of the film. Perhaps we could see his character tease events that would lead into Avengers: Infinity War or even into the new age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What are your thoughts? How many Goldblums would you award the trailer of Thor: Ragnarok?
Source: Entertainment Weekly