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Here's A First Look At Taika Waititi As Hitler In "Jojo Rabbit" And Yes I Still Would

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | June 13, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | June 13, 2018 |


Nobody can pull off “Polynesian Jew Hitler” quite like Taika Waititi. In fact, I dare anyone else to try. New Zealand’s 3rd most famous export (the list goes: Dairy products, meat, Taika, wool and wool products, fish, machinery) is dressed as Adolf Hitler for his upcoming film JoJo Rabbit. Here’s a first look at Taika’s Hitler cosplay (Roseanne Barr, eat your filthy black heart out).

Taika wrote, directed and stars in Jojo Rabbit alongside Scarlett Johansson. According to Entertainment Weekly:

The film follows a young boy, Jojo, in Nazi Germany who dreams of joining Hitler’s ranks (and who conjures the dictator as an imaginary friend) and then discovers that his mother is hiding a Jew in their home.

Sam Rockwell is in it too, he plays a Nazi officer. But as great as Sam Rockwell is, I’d like to get back to fanning myself over Taika, who is an absolute delight (and my favorite director whose name I can’t pronounce coherently while drunk).

Taika first burst onto the scene when his second feature, 2010’s Boy (his first was the odd but amusing Eagle vs Shark), became a Sundance darling. But if you’ve ever met a Kiwi, you were probably hearing about how great and funny he is years before that. Originally a comedian (he and Jemaine Clement started out together as a comedy duo), Taika went on to write and direct the iconic What We Do In The Shadows (also with Jemaine), Hunt For The Wilderpeople (starring Deadpool’s young Julian Dennison) and a little indie side project called Thor: Ragnarok. So yeah, he’s super smart and talented but is he any good? What I mean is, like, can he pull off a pineapple romper with aplomb?

Asked and answered! And color me suddenly very thirsty for more.

Czech yourself before you Ragnawreck yourself.

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Taika’s fashion game even gave Jeff Goldblum the vapors. In a Vulture interview, Jeff said:

“Seeing Taika on this press tour, he wore this pineapple-printed onesie of some kind that made a big impression on me and many other people. Oh! And at the premiere, he had this brown suit and … oh boy. It … uh …” Goldblum tried to find the words. His voice dropped to a whisper. “It set my brain on fire,” he finally said.

Taika slayed in his GQ photo shoot from November as well.

Handsome, well-dressed, talented and funny? Chris who? Never heard of ‘em. Taika’s the best. Period.

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Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.