Exclusive: Tom Hiddleston Talks THE DEEP BLUE SEA, WAR HORSE, THE AVENGERS and THOR 2 at TIFF

     September 25, 2011

Tom Hiddleston WAR HORSE, THE AVENGERS, THOR 2 interview slice TIFF

At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to sit down with Tom Hiddleston for an exclusive interview about writer-director Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea.  Starring Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale and Hilldeston, the film is set in post-war Britain and it’s about the wife of a high court judge who walks out on her marriage and moves in with a young ex-RAF pilot (Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love.  The film is an  adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s classic play.

During my extended interview with Hiddleston (who is great in Deep Blue Sea), we talked about how he got involved in The Deep Blue Sea, what kind of preparation he does and was it more involved than his other films because it’s based on a play, does he prefer a few takes or a lot, how faithful did they have to be to the script, and filming a nude scene.  In addition, we talked about Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Thor 2, Joss Whedon’s Avengers, karaoke, video games, and has he ever thought about wearing the Loki costume off-set.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, Music Box has picked up the U.S. rights to The Deep Blue Sea, but they haven’t announced a release date.  However, if you’re in the UK, the film will be in theaters November 25th.  And one last thing, a huge thank you to Hiddleston for giving me so much time at TIFF.

Tom Hiddleston Thor_PremiereTom Hiddleston Time Index

  • :13 How have the last few weeks been on The Avengers? I asked this as I just spoke to him at D23.
  • :52 His reaction to the comic that was drawn based on his story about going to the movies with Chris Evans.  (Watch the D23 interview first and then hit this link to see it)
  • 2:25 What’s his go-to karaoke song? Tells a story about doing karaoke at a film festival in South Korea.
  • 3:45 Does he get freaked out with people filming him or taking pictures of him on the street?
  • 4:03 What’s the last video game he played?
  • 4:45 How did he get involved with The Deep Blue Sea? Did he go after it or did the producers seek him out?
  • 6:33 How much preparation did he do for the project? Was it more involved than other films because it’s based on a play? Talks about his approach to the character.
  • 9:25 Talks about filming the nude scene.
  • 11:35 How faithful did they have to be to the script? Was there room to change things up on set?
  • 12:44 Does he prefer to do a lot of takes or few takes when filming a scene? Talks about the many different ways a scene can be played.
  • 15:03 Talks about why he likes giving the editor/director many different options of a scene.
  • 15:55 Talks about War Horse and what it was like to work with Spielberg
  • 18:08 Talks about the significance of World War I and how Spielberg came to direct War Horse.
  • 19:47 Talks about having a new director on Thor 2 and when they’ll be shooting. He thinks filming begins in spring 2012.
  • 20:30 The direction of Thor 2. Says they’re interested in expanding Thor’s universe and taking things deeper into space.
  • 21:17 The Avengers. Talks about the all the set photos that have leaked.
  • 22:10 Has he ever thought about wearing the Loki costume off-set, walking into a Starbucks?


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  • Bruce Bluewood

    There are many Thor allies and villains that weren’t included in the first film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

  • am_klaafe

    At this point in time, the dumbest thing the producers could do would be to leave out Loki. The Tom Hiddleston fanbase has exploded (take a look at tumblr and cry, my friend), so they better make good use of him in Thor 2 if they want to make any money at all.

  • cloud720

    Was it Chris Evens he went to the movies with or Chris Hemsworth?
    Where is the link to this comic?

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      just added it.

      • am_klaafe

        I’m curious: In the interview you’re telling Tom and his people that you will forward the comic to them. Did you? And did you get a reaction?

        Oh, and cloud720 is right, he went with Chris HEMSWORTH, not Chris Evans.

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  • Thorfan

    Hiddleston is a wishy washy actor. There are a gazillion better actors. If he wasnt friends with Branagh he’d never have got the job. He’s very ineffective in Deep Blue Sea. Not a manly enough actor.

    • tinc21

      Or, more likely, if he wasn’t friends with Branagh and Branagh was not ABSOLUTELY sure that Hiddleston can be trusted to come virtually from nowhere and be given the co-lead role in a huge franchise AND pull it off to perfection THAN he’d never have gotten the CHANCE to proove himself. And proove he did, oh, yes!
      And guess what, I believe it’s a safe bet that had not all TPTB on set of Thor been absolutely happy with Hiddleston’s performance he’d never been made the main villain in the Avengers. Or they’d change the actor. It’s not Harry Potter where they were stuck with the same bland actor for ten years.

      Did not see The Deep Blue Sea, though.

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    • rhea

      I think it’s not that he isn’t MANLY enough, but instead that he is better at playing other roles in which he doesn’t have to prove his masculinity. And when he does, he does it in an effective but subdued way. Like as Loki, he can still convey how powerful and brutal he is, without being large and intimidating.
      He’s a good actor, but like most actors, better at playing some roles than others.
      [As a sidenote -- Hemsworth would have done a horrible job playing Loki if he had to, but it does not make him a poor actor. He's simply better as Thor.]

      • Tosha

        I concur.

    • cm

      Are you being serious when you call Tom a ‘wishy-washy actor’?! His acting in Thor was amazing, he was without a doubt the best one in it, did you not see the range of emotions on that mans face when he was confronting Odin, or anything for that matter. I mean I loved the film Thor but the first time I watched it I thought it was pretty bad, the more I watch it the more I like it, but Tom was amazing from the first viewing. And who cares who he is friends with, Thor allowed him to prove himself and as others have said he did. I don’t know what you missed that we didn’t.

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  • Crystalline

    A fantastic and interesting interview. Thank you!