In a recent interview with The Wrap at the Toronto International Film Festival, Waititi stated:
“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…’”
Jojo Rabbit co-star Stephen Merchant, who plays a Gestapo officer in the film, jokingly added that the director “couldn’t afford” an actor willing the play Hitler.
The film has been very divisive and polarising so far with mixed reviews due to the