Tom Hiddleston plays a great bad guy.
His work as Loki in Thor and The Avengers are sublime, but now it looks like he will have to share the spotlight in the sequel to Thor with Christopher Eccleston boarding.
Hiddelston took some time to talk to Total Film about his character and what’s to expect in the next installment.
With so much hype surrounding superhero films these days, standing out is quite the task. Donning horns and a powerful staff, Hiddleston’s Loki has managed to be a villainous character audiences can’t get enough of. Here is just some of what he had to say:
On the topic of Loki’s mental state:
“Underneath the steely cold veneer of his trickster charm is a certain vulnerability and sensitivity – the wounded fragility of an outcast brother and son. His mind IS a box of cats though! But I love him.”
Hiddleston on how fun it is playing the Asgardian antagonist:
“The best thing about being Loki is that he is my diametric opposite. Physically, he is a photo negative of who I am. Loki is dark and pale, and I am light and fair. Also spiritually I am not much like him either. Yet I feel an incredible freedom in playing him.
“He is a combination of mercurial intellectual ability, emotional ambiguity, rakish charm, charisma and provocative wit. He has a wicked inclination to mischief, underneath which is a well of spiritual pain. Both these aspects are central to his depth as a character: his unashamed and perverse delight in creating chaos; and his capacity for raw emotional expression.
“And – as my American friends tell me – he’s kind of a badass! He’s one of the richest, most rewarding, most fun characters I’ve ever played.”
What fans can expect from Thor: The Dark World:
“I don’t want to give too much away. But I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Alan Taylor’s vision of Thor 2 is utterly brilliant. The journey continues in the most epic dimension and proportion imaginable. It’s very, very exciting.”
Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Zachary Levi, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, and hits theaters on November 8th, 2013.