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15 Things You Didn't Know About Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi is one of the most multi-talented performers of our generation. His work always manages to reach a wide array of audiences, and with such a résumé behind him - a director, writer, scene-stealing actor, and more - there are bound to be facts about Taika Waititi that'll shock his expansive fanbase.

Waititi started out his film career making smaller, independent comedies. Now, the filmmaker is an Oscar winner and has been helming the latest installments of the Thor franchise, including 2017's Thor: Ragnarok. Check out these Taika Waititi facts below and don't forget to vote!

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    He Co-Created A Show About The Cops From 'What We Do In The Shadows' 

    Waititi's vampire mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows, was a sleeper hit when it was released in the mid-2010s. Although the FX spinoff series is widely known, that is not the only series that exists featuring characters from Waititi's delightful vampire comedy. 

    In 2018, Waititi and his long-time collaborator Jemaine Clement created a show for New Zealand television called Wellington Paranormal. Wellington Paranormal follows Officers Minogue and O'Leary, who both were featured in the original What We Do In The Shadows film; it is these officers' duties to investigate the paranormal. The show already has two seasons under its belt, and a third is expected to premiere at some point soon on New Zealand's network, TVNZ.

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    He Doesn't Always Let His Actors See The Script

    Taika Waititi has a distinct style when it comes to filmmaking, and he wants his actors to play their roles with a similar uniqueness. Sometimes, Waititi doesn't let the actors see the script before they start shooting, which was the case during the filming of What We Do In The Shadows.

    Waititi wants his actors' performances to be as organic as possible, and to assure there's a certain degree of authenticity, he hides the script from the actors until they do the scene. Jemaine Clement, who co-directed Shadows, spoke to Vice in 2015 about the occurrence and said, "We had a script, but we wouldn't show the actors the script. Only Taika and I knew where it was going... We tried to surprise the actors to get their reactions and to get their natural... cadences."

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    He Pretended To Fall Asleep At The Oscars

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    Taika Waititi's short film Two Cars, One Night was nominated for best live-action short at the 2005 Academy Awards. Even though his film didn't win, Waititi still caused a stir that night.

    When the nominees were announced, the camera panned to each filmmaker whose films were in the running for the award. When the camera got to Waititi, he seemed to be asleep and woke up as his name was called. Even though it was just a joke, this was wildly buzzed about at the time. After that hilarious stunt, it should have been obvious that Waititi was on his way to becoming the next big thing.

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    He's A Visual Artist

    While acting, writing, and directing may have made him famous, Waititi is also a skilled visual artist. Waititi has produced several art installations throughout his career and took several jobs as a visual artist while solidifying himself in the entertainment industry.

    Although he produces art regularly, Waititi seems like he's focusing on the world of movies and television at the moment. In a Ted Talk from 2010, Waititi said, "My job is to express myself and to share my ideas and my point of view. It happens to be that I am using filmmaking right now."

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