It's somehow strange to think of Jemaine being in a non-NZ-related film. He really is an "actor" now.
I think many kiwi actors might find that offensive. Luckily i'm not a kiwi actor.
I was worried about how that was coming across when I was typing it, because I didn't want it to sound that way. I think I was referring more to the fact that he's going to be in a film that wasn't made by a friend or by himself. He was heavily involved in the making on Tongan Ninja and he's worked with Taika professionally before, so it wasn't a huge stretch before to be involved in those films (not that he didn't deserve to be in those films).
What I was trying to say -- and still having a hard time with saying -- is that this time he's not an obvious choice because he's been friends for years with the director who already knows his work well and knows he's talented, as was the case with Taika. This is some relative stranger choosing him after seeing his work, which is how most (?) actors get hired. Not that one is more valid than the other. I think that a smaller film with actors/directors/etc. who know each other well has an ability to get a really strong performance from everyone, because they're comfortable with each other already.