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Had no real interest in writing an authentic portrayal of Hitler: Taika Waititi


Press Trust of India Los Angeles
Filmmaker Taika Waititi says he had no intention of doing justice to the character of Hitler in his new film "Jojo Rabbit".
The anti-hate satire is about a young German boy (Roman Griffin), who finds out that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Waititi plays the boy's imaginary friend, Hitler in the movie, which he has also directed.
The 44-year-old filmmaker said the only thing common between his portrayal and the real-life German dictator was the signature moustache.
"That vision of Hitler that I wrote shares nothing with the real guy other than that moustache, really. He is conjured from the mind of a 10-year-old, so he can only know what a 10-year-old knows," Waititi said during The Hollywood Reporter's annual Writer Roundtable.
"I had no real interest in writing an authentic portrayal, or even when I played him, I had no interest in actually putting in the effort or putting in the research, because I just didn't think he deserved it," he added.
"Jojo Rabbit", which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, released in October this year.

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First Published: Nov 29 2019 | 2:40 PM IST

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