– As Karl Urban sits down with AFP in Beverly Hills to discuss his starring role in Marvel’s latest superhero juggernaut “Thor Ragnarok,” there is a Harvey Weinstein-shaped elephant in the room.
Across Hollywood, filmmakers and their actors are being pressed for their reaction to the growing scandal engulfing the 65-year-old movie mogul, who has been accused of the harassment and sexual abuse of numerous women — many vulnerable young actresses — going back decades.
While some industry players have been conspicuous by their silence, Urban doesn’t have to be asked twice, describing the allegations as “repulsive.”
“My heart and support goes out to all of those women who were victims of this predator,” the 45-year-old New Zealand native tells AFP.
“It’s utterly shocking, devastating and disgusting, and I hope that this serves to send a strong clear signal to other would-be predators out there that that kind of behavior is not tolerated.
“I sincerely hope that he gets everything that he deserves. And he will.”
Urban, a TV actor in New Zealand whose break in the movies came in the 2002 horror movie “Ghost Ship,” can speak with the confidence of a Hollywood veteran these days.
Since 2002 he has starred in two of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films, taken on iconic comic book character Judge Dredd and reimagined “Star Trek” medic Leonard “Bones” McCoy to critical acclaim.
But Marvel’s third “Thor” film — which hits US theaters on November 3 — sees his star ascend another level as part of a cinematic universe which has no fewer than four entries in the top 20 highest grossing movies of all time.