Since the release of Thor, Tom Hiddleston has been known the world over for his role as Loki, which he’s reprised twice now (in The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World). But the actor is also quite well known for his more dramatic work, having acted on the stage, in War Horse, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more films.
In the upcoming Gothic romance film from Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak, he plays Sir Thomas Sharpe, a complicated individual – formerly of means – with a mysterious past and even more mysterious motives.
Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Hiddleston about his role, but we also talked about what he thinks Loki’s been up to since Thor 2 and whether or not he expects he’ll show up in The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 or 2.
Screen Rant: You are so good at playing bad guys in a really endearing way. Obviously Loki in the Marvel movies and Sir Thomas Sharpe in this one. Do you find that you prefer playing “not-so-good” guys to the more conventionally heroic?
Tom Hiddleston: I actually love them all, to be honest. It’s a cliche, but it’s true. Variety is the spice of life. And when I got into acting, I never wanted to play one type of role. The actors I loved the most growing up were people who could move between genres, between character types. It just happens that Thomas Sharpe in this and Loki are a little bit darker, but…I have played some lighter characters.
SR: Yeah, yeah. Hammer Horror movies were such a big part of the British film industry, and Crimson Peak gives off a really wonderful Hammer Horror vibe, in my opinion. Did you watch those movies growing up and do you have a favorite?
TH: I didn’t so much, actually. I came to all that stuff a bit later. So my inspirations for this are mostly literary, like Daphne du Maurier ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ by Ann Radcliffe. But Guillermo turned me on to all that great Peter Cushing stuff, and John Barrymoore and Christopher Lee and all those great films. I should go back. I should go back and watch.
SR: Yeah, they’re great. They’re really good. I believe that Thor 3 is your next big Marvel project.
TH: I think so. I mean, I don’t know –
SR: They haven’t let you know yet.
TH: No, they haven’t, so we’ll see [Laughter].
SR: Well, what do you think Loki’s been doing besides pretending to be Anthony Hopkins?
TH:[Laughter] That’s all I know that he’s been doing. I mean, I’m interested to see what’s happened in the time between. I like to believe that actually he runs Asgard pretty well. The trains run on time and he keeps the streets clean. [Laughter] I honestly don’t know.
SR: Finally, there’s a lot of speculation that the next couple Avengers movies will be a gigantic crossover event and that a lot of characters from all the movies will appear in it. Can we expect to see Loki pop up in that at some point, or do you want to be in that movie?
TH: You know, I genuinely do not know. I wish there was something I could tell you. I haven’t spoken to anyone at Marvel for about two years. That universe is expanding at such a rate, so…your guess is as good as mine.
Crimson Peak hits theaters October 16th, 2015.