Is the Tesseract still a factor? [LAUGHS]
Does Loki then regret any of his actions in the first two films?
Uh, there is a whole scene dedicated to whether or not that happens. [LAUGHS]
What was your relationship with Malekith? In the comics they’re both bad but they kinda don’t get along ‘cause they have different reasons and stuff. What’s the relationship with Loki being the bad guy and Malekith coming along?
Well without saying too much there’s a degree of mutual recognition shall we say.
For the two of them?
It takes one to know one.
Does Loki have anyone who shares his worldview, who thinks he should be the king?
He’s way out there on a limb. For a good reason. I think everybody else is right if I’m standing at it objectively. I mean there was some bad parenting, let’s face it.
But I think he’s like it was not the right decision to throw a kind of apocalyptic sized tantrum that was The Avengers.
You’re on your third director playing this character. How much more ownership are you taking in Loki in this film versus the last two now that it is your third time playing him. And do you find that people are going to you more for how you feel more about scenes?
Yeah, that’s what’s been really exciting is Marvel, everyone at Marvel – Kevin Feige, Craig Kyle and Alan Taylor as a director and Chris Yost, the writer – I remember talking about the story for this film with the producers while we were running around doing press for Avengers, and sort of saying where do we go next, you know. People were responding positively to that film. And there’s something which I feel very fortunate to have been given which is confidence by them because I’ve lived through him, you know. Other people can have their opinion objectively about where Loki should go, but I’ve lived through every moment. And sometimes, I might be – I’m the only person who knows how it feels and I always have ideas. Some of them are, you know, I’m sure are terrible.
But some of them are good and they’re in the film. And that’s really exciting. It’s when you feel like I know every inch of Loki and I’m the only person who’s played him. So other people have written him, other people have shot him, other people have framed him, but I know his inside. And that’s really exciting, I have had a bit of input into it. It’s really great.
How has being part of such a big franchise changed you or has it?
Has it? It hasn’t, you know. I mean it was strange for a second when the film came out ‘cause it was so much bigger than I’d anticipated, but no, you know. The bit I love is I really love acting and the circus of it, the circus of being for want of a better word [PAUSE] a celebrity – something I’m sort of not interested in. I find it kind of strange.
It’s so hard to answer that question because business is so complicated and there are so many layers. I try not to think about it because I just think then you start barking up the wrong tree, you know. It doesn’t make you just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be good at something else and you just try and chase opportunities that you fall in love with or that inspire you. And keep doing the work. It’s a really good question ‘cause it’s something that does crop up. Some people treat me differently and other people don’t. But it’s all so inconsistent that it shouldn’t be. It can’t be a factor and what I’ve learned from is I’ve been really lucky, you know, at 31 years young to have worked with people who are much more established, like Kenneth Branagh and Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench and Rachel Weisz, and what distinguishes them from me is that they simply don’t listen to any of it. Like it’s white noise. Whether you’re hot, whether you’re not, whether people love it or whether they hated it. They still approach the work with such integrity and passion for the specific project in mind. But it was a bit weird for a second though. I’m just used to being completely invisible in London like any other Londoner. And suddenly I wasn’t for about three weeks at a stretch.
Thor gets a blue cape in this one and a lot of the characters have changed their costumes over time. But you have always stayed consistent with this. Are we gonna be able to see Loki kind of in a different costume or a different light?
Yeah, yeah. There absolutely is… there’s a moment there where I’m definitely in a different costume.
And the hair?
Yeah. It’s, well, you know, it’s certainly longer. Some time has passed I don’t think he’s been sent to the finest barbers in Asgard.
Yeah, there’s a little bit of difference. It’s interesting when you get to a place of like you want to evolve with the look of something, but you also don’t wanna stray too far because then it’s almost like you’re inventing another character.
The costume kind of helps you kind of key right into…
Absolutely, because the strange thing is it was, by the time we started shooting it was actually exactly a year since I’d been inside sort of the skin of Loki, and naturally when you finish something every actor’s suit is like you just sort of put it away. And you put it away forever ‘cause normally you never have to come back. So I’ve lived a whole 12 months of life. I’ve done a whole lot of other things. And I’m a different human being so in a way coming back to the same costume and the same hair and the same look, it’s like “aha. I recognize this guy.” It’s like me re-meeting an old friend and you pick up where you left off.
Thanks a lot!
The official Disney-Marvel description of Loki for Thor: The Dark World:
Loki Laufeyson is the adopted brother of Thor, raised alongside him from birth by Odin. Upon learning his true lineage, Loki sought to conquer both Asgard and Earth but was stopped by Thor and the Avengers. Still arrogant and unrepentant, Loki sits in the dungeons of Asgard, with only his mother Frigga seeing any hope for him. But when an ancient enemy seeks the destruction of Asgard, Loki finds his loyalties tested.
Alan Taylor directs Thor 2 off of Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s screenplay. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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