Taika Waititi, who boasts an extensive independent film background, is known for his out-of-the-box takes, which have spelled mixed results for him.
The way he mixed comedy with the serious subject of Nazism in Jojo Rabbit won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, while his decision to move away from the action-laden themes of most Marvel movies in favor of silly humor in Thor: Love And Thunder invited plenty of backlash in his direction. Regardless, Waititi continues to do his thing with so much conviction that he compares himself to the guy who wrote the Bible.
Taika Waititi Receives Backlash for His ‘Guy Who Wrote the Bible’ Comment
Taika Waititi is in the news for directing the recently released Next Goal Wins. The biographical sports comedy-drama, with Michael Fassbender in a leading role, is about the infamously bad American Samoa soccer team, which lost a 2001 FIFA match 31-0.
Fassbender portrays coach Thomas Rongen, who’s brought in to change the fortunes of that team ahead of their clash with Tonga in a World Cup qualifier, more than a decade after their historic loss. The underdog comedy has earned mixed reviews so far, with many finding it hard to enjoy the journey the worst team in the world took in their bid to win their first international match due to several sequences that blur the line between what’s true and what’s Waititi’s imagination.
When asked about his decision to take so much artistic license, the Oscar-winning filmmaker joked:
“I mean, in the Bible, they took real-life things that happened and then they added, you know, magic,” he said (via IndieWire). “I’m just like the guy who wrote the Bible, bro.”
As expected, many users on X didn’t take this comment from the 48-year-old too well.
Cosmic level douchery
— Travis Curnutte (@TravisCurnutte) November 20, 2023
It’s the “bro” that does it for me
And by “does it for me” I mean “hurts my soul”
— Chris Lambert (Film Analysis) (@ChrisJHLambert) November 20, 2023
“I’m just like the guy who wrote the Bible, bro.”
The 35 authors including Moses, Ezra, Nehemiah, David, Peter, Matthew Levi, John, John Mark in question: pic.twitter.com/NrEhXnwGso
— wildk4tdubz || 🔎🎲🗿🐾🦖 💢⛓️🦅 (@yowildk4t) November 20, 2023
why did fassbender agree to working with this man…
— sam (@karakuratownnpc) November 20, 2023
Well the other story influenced almost 80% of humanity while your story doesn’t even break even
— Philip J Fry (@fryrando) November 20, 2023
As far as annoying fans is concerned, this might be nothing, as Waititi has raised the eyebrows of Star Wars fans with his plans for the space epic.
How Taika Waititi Has Already Annoyed Star Wars Fans
It’s been long since it was confirmed Waititi is joining hands with LucasFilm for a Star Wars movie, however, fans have grown frustrated with the lack of significant development concerning the project.
During the promotion of Next Goal Wins, he told Entertainment Tonight that at the moment he has four other scripts that he’s trying to finish and doesn’t want to rush the movie.
Further, in a separate interview with Variety, he teased fans by suggesting his approach might irk some fans. “It will be … dramatic pause… a Taika Waititi film. It’s gonna p-ss people off,” he said.
Having already p-ssed a lot of Marvel fans with his underwhelming use of stars like Chris Hemsworth and Christian Bale in the MCU, it doesn’t seem wise to take another risk in attempts to create something different and potentially get on the wrong side of Star Wars fandom.