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Taika Waititi’s 5 Best Performances, Ranked

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Taika Waititi is arguably best known for the films that he either directed, produced, or wrote the screenplay for. As a man with many talents, Waititi has often times overlapped these titles, sometimes going as far as to even star in the films himself. Films like What We Do in the Shadows, Jojo Rabbit, and Thor: Ragnarök are a few such films. His screen time varies in these films. In Jojo Rabbit, his character Adolf — yes, Adolf Hitler — has only a few minutes of screen time as opposed to his character of Viago in What We Do in the Shadows, who is one of the main vampires. Waititi’s most recent performances include a role in the brand-new Toy Story spinoff, Lightyear, and starring as Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death, which is available to stream on HBO Max and was recently renewed for season 2.

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While we know Waititi has appeared in many more films than what is on this list, for the sake of this article, we are going to take a look at the performances where Waititi is more of a main or supporting character with more than a few minutes of screen time. As such, here are his five best performances, ranked.

Disney Pixar’s latest film Lightyear just dropped in early-June 2022 and told the story of Buzz Lightyear best known from the Toy Story franchise. Alongside fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star Chris Evans, Waititi starred as Mo Morrison, a man looking for a new adventure — just not one that could get him killed. He originally joined the Junior Zap Patrol thinking it would be a good workout, only to find out that’s not the case. When Buzz Lightyear meets up with the rest of the patrol, they all join forces to fight Zurg and his army of evil robots.

Related: Why Lightyear Underperformed at The Box Office

In the action-comedy film Free Guy, Waititi plays the villain, Antwan Hovachelik. The egotistical, money-hungry character is the founder and CEO of Soonami Studios. It’s this studio that stole the codes for the enhancement of the fictional open-world video game “Free City.” In this video-game-themed film, Waititi plays the villain to Ryan Reynolds’ protagonist, Guy. When he finds out about Guy’s popularity, he tries to get rid of him. Throughout most of the film, he tries feverishly to maintain control, although his employees do not care for him.

Our Flag Means Death is one of HBO Max’s newer shows. The ten-episode series aired in March 2022, and was renewed for a second season earlier in June, which, per Vanity Fair, came as a “sigh of relief” for its fans. The American-period romantic comedy takes place in the 18th Century Golden Age of Piracy. The series follows the misadventures of gentleman-turned-pirate Stede Bonnet, played by Rhys Darby. Along with his crew aboard their ship, Revenge, they try to make a name for themselves as pirates. Shortly into the series, they meet up with Waititi’s character, Blackbeard, who is a famed pirate captain that is bored with his life. When the two captains meet, it sparks more than either bargained for.

Related: Our Flag Means Death: Famous Pirates That Could Appear in Season 2

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