Taika Waititi slips Kiwi jokes into new 'Thor' movie

goss 08/11/2017

Newshub has been given an exclusive clip of Thor: Ragnarok taken from the first scene that features Taika Waititi's character Korg.

The alien character - who is made up of rocks - meets Thor, the god of thunder, as he's imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, just before being made to fight in the gladiator battle against the Incredible Hulk.

Korg has been described as a scene-stealer and in this hilarious clip, whch includes a Rock-paper-scissors joke, it's easy to see why.

Waititi told Entertainment Weekly he originally wanted Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for the role, but resources wouldn't allow it.

"Being made of rocks, we really wanted to get someone like The Rock to play him, but there wasn't enough chicken or salmon in Australia to sustain both him and Chris [Hemsworth]," Waititi joked.

"The next best thing was a hot - super hot - export from New Zealand. A great character actor named Taika."

Korg is a friendly Kronan who, despite being an alien, has a supremely Kiwi accent.

Waititi says he based the character on real-life characters he met in New Zealand.

He's a little special piece of K Rd bouncer outside a nightclub

"I just like the idea of a character hard on the outside, and gentle like a marshmallow smudged together with daffodils on the inside... He's like a motherly character; he looks after people, he doesn't like fighting," he told Newshub.

Other Kiwi-isms you're likely to see in Thor include Korg telling a hologram to "piss off ghost!", Sam Neill playing Thor's dad Odin, and Rachel House (known for her role as Hunt for the Wilderpeople's child welfare worker Paula) saying the line "tell her she's dreaming."

Thor: Ragnarok is both a critical and box office hit and is in New Zealand cinemas now.