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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi turns heads at Venice Film Festival

Taika Waititi is the toast of Hollywood after directing this year’s billion-dollar blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok.

And now, the New Zealand-born director is taking on the international movie scene as an official juror at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

On Wednesday, the quirky Kiwi, 43, even managed to steal the limelight from fellow jurors Naomi Watts and Christoph Waltz as he made a series of quirky poses at a photo call for the film festival. 

Stealing the limelight! Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi turned heads at the 75th Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, making a series of bizarre poses on the red carpet

You can't miss him! Taika bucked tradition at the photo call by wearing an unusual, bright red kimono top teamed with black pants

You can’t miss him! Taika bucked tradition at the photo call by wearing an unusual, bright red kimono top teamed with black pants

Taika bucked tradition at the photo call by wearing a bright red kimono top teamed with black pants.

Like every dutiful hipster, he rolled up the strides at the bottoms to reveal his bare ankles. 

But while Taika’s outfit was unusual, it was his poses that really captured attention. 

Zoolander? Taika gave his best 'Blue Steel' impersonation by pouting his lips and giving a seductive stare with one eyebrow comically raised

Zoolander? Taika gave his best 'Blue Steel' impersonation by pouting his lips and giving a seductive stare with one eyebrow comically raised

The new Zoolander? Taika gave his best ‘Blue Steel’ impersonation by pouting his lips and giving a seductive stare with one eyebrow comically raised

Official Competition jury: Members Christoph Waltz, Taika Waititi, Naomi Watts, Malgorzata Szumowska, Trine Dyrholm, Nicole Garcia, president of the jury Guillermo Del Toro, members Sylvia Chang and Paolo Genovese

Official Competition jury: Members Christoph Waltz, Taika Waititi, Naomi Watts, Malgorzata Szumowska, Trine Dyrholm, Nicole Garcia, president of the jury Guillermo Del Toro, members Sylvia Chang and Paolo Genovese

The Wellington-born movie-maker pulled down his top to reveal his chest, before playing with the sash of the garment and making a series of Zoolander-esque facial expressions.

He gave his best ‘Blue Steel’ impersonation by pouting his lips and giving a seductive stare with one eyebrow comically raised. 

Taika continued his head-turning antics later in the evening, when he appeared at the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival.

Quirky Kiwi! Taiki continued his head-turning red carpet antics later in the evening, when he appeared at the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival

Quirky Kiwi! Taiki continued his head-turning red carpet antics later in the evening, when he appeared at the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival

While the director may have donned a more formal outfit for the occasion, his facial expressions were just as irreverent,  certainly capturing the attention of assembled photographers and press.

Taika has been working in the film industry for almost twenty years, but only hit international stardom with Thor: Ragnorak.

Now hot property in Hollywood, he is next set to direct a drama titled Jojo Rabbit, which will star Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson.  

Rising star: Taika has been working in the film industry for almost twenty years, but only hit international stardom with Thor: Ragnorak

Rising star: Taika has been working in the film industry for almost twenty years, but only hit international stardom with Thor: Ragnorak

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