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Creator / Taika Waititi

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A vintage dickhead.

"I constantly remind myself that there are terrible movies out there. I try to watch them, some of them, to give myself an understanding of what not to do."

Taika David Cohen ONZM (born 16 August 1975), also known as Taika Waititi (this surname belonging to his father and being adopted by Taika professionally), is a director, actor, producer, and screenwriter from New Zealand. He is of Māori (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) and Russian Jewish heritage.

Graduating from Victoria University in Wellington, he originally worked primarily as a comedian and actor, and was one half of the comedy duo The Humourbeasts with Jemaine Clement. He also acted in local low-budget films and TV series, and in 2011 played a supporting role in the superhero film Green Lantern before later turning his full focus to directing and writing.

As a director, original works he's best known for include What We Do in the Shadows (which he wrote and directed alongside Jermaine Clement), Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Jojo Rabbit, all of which he appears in as an actor. He also wrote the initial screenplay of Moana and has become a noted player in several big franchises, namely the Marvel Cinematic Universe (directing the third and fourth Thor films) and Star Wars (directing an episode for The Mandalorian, voicing the character IG-11 on the show, and currently being attached to write and direct a live-action film for the franchise).

He is also attached to various upcoming works, including a Live-Action Adaptation/Foreign Remake of AKIRA, two animated series for Netflix based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, a film adaptation of The Incal, and a Flash Gordon film.

Waititi has won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Grammy Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award (all of them for Jojo Rabbit).

He has accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Selected filmography:

[ D = Director; W = Writer; P = Producer; A = Actor ]

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