My favorite, thus far, interview with Tom Hiddleston. It’s on Collider.com. It’s long, and you can listen to audio for it as well, which I highly recommend. Here are some short excerpts to tempt you to go read/listen to the whole thing. It’s from during the filming of Thor, probably why it’s so wonderfully long — once all this really blew up interviewers were only getting like 4-5 minutes with him and the other actors.
[Loki’s] not going to be King. He knows that. And so he’s freer to…he has less responsibility on his shoulders so he’s freer to have a bit more fun. And I think like everybody at Marvel has been very clear and brilliant about coming into this that Loki just has…they’re both enormously gifted. Thor and Loki are a 2-man team and they’re both going to run Asgard when Oden steps down, and Thor has an ability and a physicality and a presence—a physical presence that is…he’s the type of man you follow. You just do.
Often when Hiddleston talks about Loki’s thoughts/motivations/goals I find myself nodding and going, “Yes, right, that’s it, absolutely!” As though he has done a good job figuring the character out as well as I have and deserves a good clap on the back for it. LOL. OK, hats off to Hiddleston who has done such a good, coherent, consistent job portraying Loki that he has enabled me to figure the character out to a large extent, and who has spoken so deeply and eloquently about it that I find myself thinking about the character in ways I hadn’t before but that make perfect sense once I hear them. I hadn’t thought about Thor and Loki in terms of degree of freedom. It’s an interesting line of thought to explore.
But we’d like to offer you the part of Loki. At which point I screamed and had to sit down on the pavement somewhere outside of a grizzly pub in North London and think about the rest of my life for a bit. Contemplate my existence.
Sounds like Hiddleston had some idea already that this would change his life. I bet he didn’t realize everything it would mean though, who could? Google the dude and you’ll know if you don’t already that his life is changed forever. I hope it’s mostly for the better and being under the public microscope won’t wreck it up.
So we thought if Thor is thunder and power and muscle and brawn and he’s got his hammer, Loki should be like…he should be so quick he’s like the wind. So if Thor is heavy, Loki is light. We thought what would be the weapon that Loki would be fighting with? So we thought throwing knives….because I think Loki doesn’t like to get his hands dirty in a fight. He likes to be quick, efficient and lethal.
Love this. “Thor is heavy and Loki is light” isn’t in the script…and yet it’s there.
[…] the horns are…it’s like Spiderman’s suit. Loki isn’t Loki without those horns on. And initially we were fitted and it was kind of a conversation as to how much does it cover his face? How much does he use them as like a weapon or is it just a statement of intent? It’s like kind of a representation of his soul in some way like back off because I’m dangerous.
So true, huh? He goes on to talk about the challenges of working with the helmet, as he has in other interviews, and this makes me wonder — given how briefly we see Thor in his helmet — whether Hiddleston may have actually pushed to have the horns on more, or whether that was already the director’s and/or producers’ call that he wore the helmet so much.
[…] no character in real life or in comic books or any play or film or anything, nobody thinks they’re a villain. You always think there’s a complete logic to what you’re doing and you know what’s best and you know what’s right. And I think it’s really interesting to see Loki’s actions from his perspective and he’s just someone who becomes more and more damaged by, I think, a sense of isolation from his family and a sense of…it’s kind of a deep loneliness. I think when the world makes you feel rejected, you bite back.
I’ve talked to [Ken Branagh] very much about subtlety because I don’t want to do any eyebrow twitching or mustache twiddling. I don’t want to do sort of like a charactertured villain. I’ve tried very much to make Loki psychologically plausible. Someone who’s damaged and very, very intelligent and is able to sow the seeds of deceit.
Words to be taken to heart by anyone who writes or portrays a villain.
And, BTW, dear readers, did he succeed? No poll needed!
Many, many more gems in the full interview, check it out!