The weak link is always the villain. It’s like the writers and filmmakers assume they don’t need a strong villain if they have great action. If you think about some of your favorite movies, they always have a kick ass villain. Zod in Superman 2. Darth Vader in Star Wars. Agent Smith in The Matrix. Kathy Bates in Misery. And now Tom Hiddleston as Loki in director Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Trust me, when you go to see Thor this weekend, you’ll quickly discover that Hiddleston is a great actor who brings a lot of depth to the complicated role.
At the Los Angeles press day for Thor, I got to speak to Hiddleston about playing the God of Mischief. We also talked about the huge press tour he’s been doing, what it’s like knowing he’ll be playing Loki in multiple films, he talked about meeting with Joss Whedon right after filming Thor to talk about the character and “swap stories” while Whedon was working on The Avengers script, and he talked about working for Steven Spielberg on War Horse and Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris. Hit the jump to watch.
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- :47 Talks about the promotional tour for Thor. Says he wasn’t prepared for how big this would be.
- 2:01 Talks about playing the villain in the film, and how Loki was a three-dimensional character as opposed to a prototypical/underdeveloped villain role.
- 4:50 Playing Loki in multiple films. What’s it like to play the character in Thor and then The Avengers, and presumably in a sequel to Thor further down the road. He sat down with Joss Whedon right after filming Thor to talk about the character and “swap stories” while Whedon was working on the Avengers script.
- 6:20 Talks working with Steven Spielberg on War Horse. Says watching the speed of his creative execution is “brilliant.” Constantly thinks about the audience.
- 7:10 Talks working with Woody Allen in Midnight in Paris. Says Woody writes a very finely tuned script and only sent Hiddleston the pages of the script that involved his character.
NOTE: At the beginning of the interview the sound drops out. This is on purpose. I said something that is embargoed for now…had to edit it out.