One of the most notable accomplishments of Kenneth Branagh and Marvel’s adaptation and introduction of Thor in 2011 was the casting of its two leads in Thor and Loki, making Hollywood stars out of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, respectively.
Both went on to star in The Avengers and return for Thor: The Dark World where Loki must pay the price for his misdeeds in his first two cinematic outings. Does being that evil wear on actor Tom Hiddleston and does the character regret his actions?
While sitting down with Tom Hiddleston on the set of Thor: The Dark World, the actor explains what’s so appealing about being Asgard’s God of Mischief, reaffirming that he affection for the villainous character.
“I do, yeah. You have to. You can’t sit in judgment. In my own mind, I’ve unpacked his suitcase of pain. And so, I can easily stand up and defend him even though many of his actions are indefensible, but I know why, I think. What’s interesting is those answers are locked in some kind of cabinet right at the bottom of him and he’s in there and nobody has the key. Do you know what I’m saying? So yeah, I do like him. I was also enormously charming. [LAUGHS]“
“He’s sort of someone who’s really nasty, but really elegant with it. You know, he’s someone who looks good doing really bad things. [LAUGHS] It sounds cool or something, do you know what I mean? And what I love about playing him is that there’s a delight, and now because of the way the character was developed by Joss Whedon in Avengers who kept encouraging me to enjoy myself. Enjoy myself as an actor and enjoy that Loki’s having a good time destroying Manhattan. He’s having a good time teasing everybody and playing everyone else off each other like a chess master. And now I really feel like I’m the god of mischief. And playing that mischievous element in all its unpredictability is really, really fun.”
Read our full interview with Tom Hiddleston where he discusses playing a “psychopath,” the consequences of Loki’s actions and being able to help guide the character’s story as the one person who’s “lived” the part for three films.
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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