Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi Explains Why He Decided to Play Hitler

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Jojo Rabbit Director Taika Waititi Explains Why He Decided to Play Hitler
The upcoming comedy/drama Jojo Rabbit is a peculiar beast with one of the most notable peculiarities being the presence of an imaginary Adolph Hitler played by the film's director, Taika Waititi. Waititi has now opened up about donning the infamous moustache in a conversation at the Toronto International Film Festival, and described himself as feeling "very nervous" about playing the Nazi dictator.

"It wasn't my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do. They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, 'you know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game...'"

Some of his fellow co stars were also present, with Stephen Merchant not missing a beat in bringing Taika Waititi back down to Earth. "Well, you couldn't afford him," Stephen Merchant joked.
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