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Taika Waititi Explains His Approach To Playing 'F*cking C**t' Adolf Hitler In 'Jojo Rabbit'

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 16, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 16, 2019 |


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How do you follow-up helming a beloved and bonkers blockbuster and launching a quirky TV-spinoff of a comedy smash? If you’re Taika Waititi you play Hitler, and you do it in a way that’d be sure to piss off the horrid führer.

Waititi is writing, directing and co-starring in the upcoming war-dramedy Jojo Rabbit, which is loosely based on the Christine Leunens novel. The film centers on a member of Hitler’s Youth who learns his mother is hiding a Jewish child in their home. Confused, the boy turns to his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, played by New Zealand triple-threat Waititi, who is of Jewish and Māori heritage.

Talking to Deadline about the Jojo Rabbit, Waititi described the character as “not really Hitler. He’s like a 10-year-old kid’s version of Hitler. So he doesn’t have to share anything with actual Hitler, because 10 year-olds never meet Hitler. He’s basically a 10-year-old who happens to have a tiny little mustache.”

Waititi felt no need to research Hitler for the role, saying:

I didn’t have to do any research, and I didn’t do any research. I didn’t base him on anything I’d seen about Hitler before. I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a sh*tty little mustache. And a mediocre German accent.

It would just be too weird to play the actual Hitler, and I don’t think people would enjoy the character as much. Because he was such a f*cking c**t, and everyone knows that as well.

Though he’s making a movie about the world’s most notorious Nazi sh*thead, Waititi isn’t interested in shock tactics. “There’s always a line,” he told Deadline. “But for me, I think I find it naturally; what would I feel embarrassed to show people? Then I wouldn’t put it in. If there’s any time I feel like something is inappropriate I pull back.” He added, “There’s no way I’d do anything just because it might be controversial and might seem like it’ll get people talking. [New Zealanders] find that kind of shock comedy act disingenuous and fake.”

Jojo Rabbit will hit theaters October 18.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.


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