Karl Urban On How He Came To Take On Skurge In Thor: Ragnarok

Karl Urban seems to turn up everywhere, doesn’t he? The actor became a household name when he appeared in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Eomer. Since then Urban has starred in Dredd, played Bones in Star Trek and along with many other roles has now played Skurge in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pretty much just Star Wars left now to complete the geek set.

But just how did Urban (a big star these days) end up playing a relatively minor role in Thor: Ragnarok? The actor recently appeared in a panel at Dallas Fan Days 2018 and spoke about how he came to accept the role in the Marvel movie as covered by ComicBook.com.

“Yeah, it was an amazing experience. It really was,” Urban said of the film. “I really enjoyed working Cate Blanchett, who — you know, we’ve been in Lord of The Rings together, but didn’t actually share any scenes together. You know that was one of the main reasons for me deciding to do that.

I got a call from Taika [Waititi] saying ‘Listen, I’m shooting this movie, there’s great role in it. Have a look at it. I’ll send you some concept art of the character.’ Which looked rad, shaved head, armor. I read the script and saw that there was quite a fantastic arc for the character and I really responded to that. That he was really a survivalist, that he started his journey in one place and then had to do a deal with the devil and the cost of that was and then how he really came back at the end and ended up doing the right thing morally. Which was a fantastic little arc.

And I just loved working, I loved working with Taika and obviously, Cate and we had a lot of fun. It’s a pleasure to be a part of that Marvel universe which I had really enjoyed seeing many of those Marvel films.”

I am glad Urban agreed to the role, I thought he was great fun and I did enjoy his little arc from good, to thinking about being bad, to being good again. Urban certainly got his wish to have some scenes with Blanchett as well, as they do spend the majority of their time together, though mostly with Urban’s Skurge in mortal fear.

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Thor: Ragnarok was right up my street, so thanks for helping make it what it was Mr. Urban. P.S We want more Dredd!

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SOURCE: ComicBook.com

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