Disney, Marvel & DreamWorks recently invited me to Los Angeles for an exciting whirlwind promotional few days. During those days, I had the opportunity to join-in on several celebrity group interviews. The first to be shared is our interview with Thor:The Dark World’s Tom Hiddleston (Loki).
While Loki is no-doubt the God of Mischief, Tom Hiddleston seems to be quite the opposite. On the fast-track to becoming one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, (for an example search Loki’s Ladies or the hashtag #FreeLoki) Tom is often referred to as “charming, dreamy, and an incredibly thoughtful person”. After spending more than his scheduled time with us, I can’t say I disagree with any of those characteristics.
Q: How did you get in character to play a bad guy, and do you really like playing those kind of roles?
TH: Uh, second question first, I love playing all kinds of roles, and I hope it doesn’t sound too pretentious but I always feel like the cap-, like human nature is like a piano and there are 88 keys and there are some white keys and some black keys and each character is a different chord on the piano. And I love, basically I hope that in the course of my life I will have played all 88 keys in lots of different ways.
TH: So I’ll have played heroes, and villains, and princes and kings and warriors and beggars and thieves and lovers and, fathers and wizards and all of those things. So that’s it, for me that’s why I’m an actor, is I love studying people.
TH: Loki’s just a particular kind of minor chord with a couple of black notes in there. I loved playing him. I suppose the first question, my answer to it is, he’s the God of Mischief. Thor is the God of Thunder and Loki is the God of Mischief and his mischief is the thing that I love playing so much. His playfulness, his, sense of fun, and the challenge of course is to make him real, and vulnerable and complex. Great question!
Q: How has Loki changed since we last saw him, has he reconciled with his dad, or…?
TH: Certainly not with his dad, I think Loki’s very angry with his father still. Basically you find him in the wake of what happened in the Avengers. He’s back and he’s in prison…He’s basically been written out of history, condemned to be forgotten, unseen and unheard and haunted by his demons for eternity. I think he’s keeping himself sharp by reading a lot and keeping his mind exercised. But…he’s not great at the long game, Loki, but he’s very good at improvising. So he’ll always manipulate every situation to his own self-advantage, to his own advantage. Yeah I suppose, how has he changed? I think he’s almost, um, freer in one sense, spiritually. He’s more, mischievous, he’s more fun, he’s more, provocative. He’s also more damaged, I think, there’s a kind of spiritual, vulnerability, which is really acute. And I think he hits rock bottom in this film, he’s more alone, he’s more lonely, more sad, angrier, yeah you’ll see, I’m, sorry I don’t want to reveal too much.
Q: In the first Thor and in Avengers even I found myself really rooting for Loki, you know…
TH: Thank you. Yay!! (laughing) Those pesky Avengers.
Q: Are we gonna feel that again in this movie too?
TH: It really, it’s given me so much pleasure to hear you say that because when I was a kid, when I’d watch the bad guys the ones I loved were the ones who you sort of wanted to win, or you could at least understand their motivations. And there is that, I think what I hope you’ll see is that he’s still vulnerable and that all of his inclination to provoke chaos and sort of start fires and create conflict and enjoy all of that stuff, his delight in disorder is a mask of control. Behind the mask is someone incredibly wounded and lost and “at sea,” and conflicted. The duplicity of those things, the dichotomy of the two, the outer and the inner, that’s gold for an actor to present a particular mask to the world, and yet create an internal which is interesting, basically. And that’s what I tried to do.
Q: Is there gonna be a Loki spinoff movie?
TH: Well, (smiling) at this point in time, uh, officially I know nothing.
Q: In Marvel’s Avengers they team up a lot of superheroes and I was wondering if Loki teamed up with one of Marvel’s villains, who would it be and why?
TH: Oh, if there was like a team of villains! Well the thing about getting a group of villains together is like – they don’t get anything done. Because they’re all acting out of self-interest. “No, I want to take over the world!!” “No, but it’s mine!!” “No, but it,” and then it’s over, it’s finished. And then it’s the end of the film. It lasted two minutes. Hm, who would Loki turn up with? In the comics he teams up with the Enchantress, someone who is a sort of big, who is just as untrustworthy and skilled in the powers of magic as he is. They have a kind of, quite and interesting dance that they do of recognizing that they’re basically the same, but that’s why they shouldn’t be together. There are, I mean I love the bad guys, I’d love to see him with Dr. Doom, who was one of Spiderman’s big villains and there’s a villain called, Surtur, S-U-R-T-U-R, and he’s the fire demon who is a pretty crazy cat, you know I think that would be an interesting alliance.
Q: Not giving too much away, what was your favorite part of the film?
TH: Working with Chris Hemsworth. There are a couple of scenes where I feel like the two brothers… you just really get a sense of the particular chemistry of these two guys. And I also know that my friendship with Chris is something that infused that relationship because he and I, we met in 2009, we were both in our late ’20s, we’d been kicking around the business for the same amount of time. And, we became very firm and fast friends. We’ve had this amazing adventure together. And I think our friendship really infuses the Thor/Loki relationship in this film and that’s probably my greatest pride. There’s a sort of a scene where they’re arguing over who gets to drive, which (laughing) I feel is, one of my favorites.
Q: I’m a New York-based blogger, I read that you surprised kids at the screening, so how did you get involved with the charities to surprise them? It’s such a great thing, they were so excited to see you.
TH: I did, yeah. Well it was so thrilling for me, I knew I was coming here this weekend…it seemed like nothing to stop off in New York and introduce that. I’ve done some work with UNICEF and I believe very passionately and the work that charities like Variety and The Children’s Aide Society do for children as well. I heard they were doing it and it really cost nothing to just hop over and surprise them, especially with Halloween as well and they were all wearing Free Loki t-shirts and they all had like Thor helmets and hammers and I sort of got like cheered and booed at the same time, ’cause I was the bad guy, and it was great.
Five things I learned about Tom Hiddleston during this interview:
1. Tom was born in Westminster, London.
2. He has been doing impressions all his life, and is very good at them. DeNiro, Pacino, Walken, Jackson…
3. Tom is voicing Captain Hook in 2014’s “The Pirate Fairy”, where we’ll have the chance to also hear him sing.
4. If you looked inside his refrigerator, you’d find “fizzy water, green vegetables, butter, eggs, and you know just sort of fridgey stuff”
5. When asked about comic books – “I sort of know a lot but on quite a superficial level”. He did play a lot of “Top Trumps” for Marvel’s Superheroes and Supervillains.
Just as friendly on the red carpet as during our interview. It would seem with Tom Hiddleston – what you see, a dashing gent, is what you get!
I would like to thank Mr. Hiddleston for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with our group. For answering all of our questions with ease. I have to say that it was an honor and a pleasure to meet with such a charming “God of Mischief”.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.
Staring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor.
Thor: The Dark World is in theaters NOW!
If you missed it, you can read my Thor:The Dark World red carpet and movie review post here and watch for interviews with Thor co-stars Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander coming soon!
I am working with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. Some photos credited to Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel. Some photos credited to MomStart.com.