Not to be upstaged by potential villainous newcomer, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston recently commented on his own villain, Loki, in the upcoming Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World. After starring as the trickster in both Thor and The Avengers, Hiddleston talks at length about the character’s complexity, how he feels about director Alan Taylor’s vision for Thor 2 and what fans can expect to see in the sequel. Hit the jump to see what Hiddleston has to say.
Also starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Zachary Levi, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings, Thor: The Dark World will open November 8th, 2013.
After receiving his fan award for “Hottest Actor” from the Total Film Hotlist Awards (via CBM), Hiddleston talked in depth about playing Loki in Thor: The Dark World. Here’s a sample of what he had to say (for the full interview, head over to Total Film):
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 also talks about the fun of 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.”
Finally, Hiddleston comments on what fans can expect fromThor: 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.”