Interview Taika Waititi: Lightyear | screen speech

Lightyear star Taika Waititi praises Pixar movies, finds out he invented Wandavision, and gives a little update on his Star Wars journey.

Light-year went to infinity and beyond with Thursday’s previews, as Pixar’s new movie details the story of a very important Toys Story character. Meet the man behind the toy and the star of Andy’s favorite movie, Buzz Lightyear. Space Opera adds Chris Evans as the voice of the fearless explorer, replacing original icon Tim Allen.

The film is full of new faces and voices for the legendary Pixar franchise, such as Light-year features voice performances by Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin and Uzo Aduba. While Waititi may be best known as the director of amazing movies like Thor: Love and Thunder and Jojo rabbit, he is also an impeccable comic actor. In this film, he plays Mo Morrison, a curious and fearful member of the Junior Zap Patrol.


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screen speech spoke with Waititi about his personal love for Pixar films, the imprint he brings to the films he directs, and what might be in store for his next film. Star Wars adventure.

Screen bleed: How do you have time? How do you have time? How do you have time to do all this?

Taika Waititi: Well what you do is cast a spell. You make a deal with Satan. Become a satanist, then it slows down time. The problem is, I have to give my soul to them.

OK. I was thinking about doing this. If you’re doing this, maybe I will too.

Taika Waititi: In about 30 years. I’ll let you know how it goes.

OK. Thanks. Do you remember the first time you saw Toys Story, and what does it mean to be a part of it?

Taika Waititi: Yes. I remember watching Toy Story. With Pixar, I now watch Pixar movies without my kids. I don’t need to have kids with me to watch these things. This is my Sunday, when I’m like, “I want to relax.” I just put in a Pixar movie.

And it’s been that way for years. It’s just a film for perfect structure, and a film that makes me feel good. And it also makes me feel something. It’s a lot of betting with live action. Movies are terrible. [Laughs] Movies are just plain bad. These Pixar movies are always good.

You make some really good movies.

Taika Waititi: My movies are great! Everyone else’s movies suck. [Laughs]

You go to space in Light-year, but soon you’ll be heading to a galaxy far, far away. What is it like to work for yourself? Star Wars movie? Your stuff is so unique. How different will it be from others Star Wars movies we’ve seen before?

Taika Waititi: That is yet to be seen. I don’t know; I’m still writing. I’m still getting the ideas and the story. And I just wanted to make sure it looks like a Star Wars movie. I could say, “Yeah, I’m going to write anything old and put it in space, and then put Star Wars in front.” But it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie without certain elements and a certain treatment. So I just have to make sure he stays inside that wheelhouse.

We once did an interview and you kind of ended up pitching Wandavision, which materialized. What pairing should we do next? Which two random characters should we join?

Taika Waititi: I released Wandavision?!

You did. I swear to god. You were like, “I want to do a romantic comedy with Wanda and Vision.” Years later, Wandavision came out, and I was like, “Taika came up with this in our interview?”

Taika Waititi: Am I God?

I think yes. Also, I think maybe you owe some money.

Taika Waititi: Yes. OK. Well, that’s good. My agents will see to it. The Taika team will see this, and some negotiations will start.

I don’t know. What other pairs could there be? What other ideas do I have? Maybe I should do a romantic comedy. Maybe my Star Wars stuff should be a romantic comedy.

It should. Wouldn’t that be awesome? You heard it here first!

Taika Waititi: For those who don’t know, the context is that we’re doing the romantic comedy poster back-to-back.

If we were in person, you would see. In fact, we would be side by side.

He was a carefree Jedi. She was his padawan. It would never work!

But yes.

Light-year Synopsis

Buzz and Diaz stand outside a closed door looking at something off-screen.

Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby and their robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew faces their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his obedient robot army who are never far behind.

Check out our interview with Light-year stars Chris Evans, James Brolin, Keke Palmer & Uzo Aduba, as well as songwriter Michael Giacchino and director/producer duo Angus MacLane & Galyn Susman.

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