Tom Hiddleston Interview For The DVD & Blu-Ray Release Of ‘Thor’
Marvel presents the epic adventure, ‘Thor,’ which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the centre of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his chaotic brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father and king of Asgard. ‘Thor’ is set for release on DVD and Blu-Ray September 13th in the US, and September 26th in the UK.
How did you get involved to play Loki in this Marvel Universe, first off with ‘Thor’?
Tom Hiddleston: I was actually in a play with Kenneth Branagh in London, it was Anton Chekhov’s very first play, Ivanov, we were both acting in it. It was announced that Kenneth had got the job directing the film, and I was dressed as a Russian doctor from the 19th century, with a waistcoat, pocket-watch, a pair of wire rimmed glasses, and a goatee beard, and I went up to his dressing room with a massive empty water cooler, pretending it was Mjolnir and pretending I was Thor. We he saw me he said to me, ‘don’t joke, you never know,’ (laughs). Then cut to four months later I was in LA, I got called into audition, then further down the line I got the part, after about four months of auditioning and screen-testing, trying to impress people (laughs).
How was that working with Kenneth Branagh as a director?
Tom Hiddleston: He’s just amazing, he’s such an inspiring leader apart from everything else. If he’s nerdy about anything, he’s nerdy about films, he just loves movies, he loves acting, he loves the process of making films, discovering different facets of it. For me the great pleasure, having acted alongside him, when you’re acting with someone – and I say this of Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins as well – it takes such a degree of trust and mutual respect. You’re showing sides of yourself that you’d never actually show to people. Having acted with Kenneth we had that trust and respect, I felt very supported and trusted by him. He was asking me to go to some very extreme emotional places as the character of Loki, in understanding he knew the challenges was a big help. His handling on drama, and comedy, and spectacle, it’s just bar none.
What are your thoughts on Loki as a character?
Tom Hiddleston: In Norse mythology Loki is the God of mischief, Thor is the God of thunder and Loki is the God of mischief. He’s the prankster, the trickster, the agent of chaos, he’s the guy behind the curtain pulling the strings, the puppet master, causing bad things to go down. But he’s also Thor’s brother, Thor’s adoptive brother, he’s very much second banana in the pantheon (laughs). There is this fascinating psychological complexity to him, sure he’s the trickster God, but there’s a latent jealousy within him that is covetous of his brothers role in the universe. He wishes he had the love and affection of his father Odin. He feels rejected, betrayed, lied too and alone, I think it’s all of those things, those very relatable human emotions, that complexity, which really gives him his credentials as a bad guy.
What is it like transforming into Loki with ‘Thor‘ and now with the ‘The Avengers‘?
Tom Hiddleston: It’s such a physical transformation, I was born with Gene Wilder curly blonde hair (laughs), so I have to dye my hair black, straighten it. Then putting the costume on I feel bigger and broader, you stand taller. But the emotional complexity of it, it is really…..it sounds pretentious to say it but acting is about the extension of compassion, and like playing any part, I had to think of what would it be like to be someone who’s whole life had been a lie, who’s father possessed a number of very very dark secrets about your history, and then suddenly you find those things out. The revelations that are made to Loki, they’re such huge secrets that come out of the woodwork. I really think that fuels the fire in a way. I just had to put myself there, it’s all an act of imagination really.
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