Life mimics art, and art mimics… bizarre Taylor Swift memes from the early 2010s. In a recent interview with insiderdirector Taika Waititi revealed that this is one of the most memorable parts of his new film Thor: Love and Thunder — the perpetually screeching goats who lead the thunder god’s flying “chariot” — was actually inspired by an old, viral mega-meme starring the pop star, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
If you’ve already seen the latest installment in the standalone Marvel franchise, the goats really don’t need an explanation. But for those who haven’t made it to theaters yet, following a successful life-saving mission early in the film, Thor is gifted a pair of goats that have a hilariously annoying defect.
“You should never scream,” Waititi explained of the creatures, who provide comic relief several times throughout the two-hour film, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. “The goats were always there because they’re in the comics, but we didn’t know what they would sound like. Then someone in post-production found this meme of a Taylor Swift song that featured screaming goats.”
“I didn’t even know it existed,” he added. “Well I hear the goats screaming and I just loved it. A lot of people think I’m screaming. It is not.”
The meme in question first surfaced in 2013, when someone linked the “All Too Well” singer’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” music video to clips of a goat standing behind a fence, screaming at the top of its lungs. After Swift sings the lyrics “Now I’m lying on the cold, hard floor,” the song’s chorus is usually followed by the first word (“Oh!”), but in the meme, the goat’s howl replaces it with impeccable timing.
“I think one of the vendors who made the CG goats just added the Taylor Swift song ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ but the fan song with the goat sounds,” Waititi continued. “We just thought it was so funny. So it was just a shot of the CG creatures developing, it wasn’t meant for the movie or anything, it was just an update. And the screams were damn awesome.”
Waititi also recently revealed that the film’s Guns N’ Roses-packed soundtrack was originally intended to include some of Kate Bush’s music, but the idea didn’t materialize stranger things‘ made notable use of her 1985 track “Running Up That Hill” in the first episode collection of the fourth season, which premiered on April 27.
“I love this show, but as someone who really takes ownership of Kate Bush’s music…I’m really annoyed!” the director joked in another interview. “Before stranger things! Yeah, there were a couple of Kate Bush songs I wanted there.”