When you’re as famous as Matt Damon, scoring a role in a major Marvel movie is pretty simple.
Those who saw Thor: Ragnarok in theaters this November saw Matt Damon make a cameo appearance as an actor portraying Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in a play performed for the lovely people of Asgard. Everything about the performance was hysterical, from the overdramatic evil-ness of his characterization to the blocky black wig. And, as it turns out, Damon ended up in that role after a single phone call from lead actor Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi.
As he recounted to Collider, “Chris [Hemsworth] just called me up, and Taika called me up, and I’m friends with those guys. They pitched me the idea and I just thought it was hysterical, the idea of basically an intergalactic community theater actor kind of living out Tom Hiddleston’s character’s fantasy. I just thought it was just a great, funny bit, and very easy to do. Those guys were a lot of fun, and Taika runs a really fun set. It was a light lift for me.”
And if you thought watching Damon’s part was giggle-worthy, the cast on set had an even better time. “Tom [Hiddleston] was right there, and Chris was there, and we were all having a good laugh,” said Damon.
Unfortunately for anyone hoping to see Damon land a larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe down the line, his cameo in Thor: Ragnarok pretty much squashes that possibility.