Taika Waititi was “very nervous” about playing an imaginary Hitler in Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit director and star Taika Waititi was originally very nervous to take on the role of imaginary Hitler, revealing that it was never his intention to play the character when he was writing the script.

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
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