These days, it isn’t uncommon to ask a superhero to return for a second or third installment of a film franchise. But a supervillain? Now that’s another story. After playing Chris Hemsworth’s brother-turned-bad-guy in Thor, Tom Hiddleston was asked to reprise his role of Loki, God of mischief, for The Avengers. Myspace caught up with Hiddleston to talk about Loki’s evolution between movies, his favorite Avenger to fight, and more.
MYSPACE: For those may not have seen Thor could you talk about what happened at the end of the movie and where your character has been in between the end of Thor and the beginning of the Avengers? .
TOM HIDDLESTON: Okay. So what’s established in Thor is that Loki is Thor’s younger brother. And he was brought up to be the second son and has always lived in Thor’s shadow. Both of them are brought up to believe in their entitlement as future kings and princes. And half way through the movie, Loki finds out that he’s actually not Thor’s brother. That he was the abandoned, neglected bastard child of their mortal enemies on a frozen planet called Jotunheim. He was adopted into the fold of the family and he was lied to and betrayed. .
And he finds this out at a very late stage in his life and feels enormously upset and sad and angry about his, the truth of his lineage. You know, finding out that you’re kind of, you’re the rejected castaway, son of someone despicable, is never gonna be easy. And then, and then what he does with that sort of pain is he mismanages it in a, in a really kind of cataclysmic way. And he ends up turning against his family, his adoptive family, and tries to destroy his brother and tries to make sure he never comes back. .
And what happens is he ends up, Loki falls through a worm hole in space and time. And people assume that he’s dead. But actually what happens is he just disappears into the kind of recesses of space and makes a very shady deal with a race of aliens. And they use the tesseract, otherwise known as the cosmic cube, which is, people see it in Captain America. That’s what Rhett Scarlett’s trying to use to enhance the power of the Nazi party. He is gonna use the tesseract to subjugate the earth and refashion the planet to be his own personal kingdom. .
And the Avengers have to stop them. There you go. That’s a pretty concise summary. .
. If I’m not mistaken you fight every single one of the Avengers in the movie? .
I do, yeah. . Was there a specific character or fight scene that you enjoyed filming the most or was there one that presented the most challenges or… .
I loved fighting both Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth because there was this sort of huge fun to the Captain America fight, because Loki is so much stronger. Loki is a God. And Captain America the super soldier that he may be is still a man. None of Captain America’s punches are landing, and all of Loki’s are, which made it really funny. It made it like a really fun kind of choreographic dynamic. . ‘Cause you got to beat up Chris Evans? .
Basically. He took it well. He took it like a man. And then of course I get the sh*t kicked out of me by Chris Hemsworth. And then part of what’s fun about that is there’s a brotherly dynamic. It’s not a hero fighting a villain. It’s two brothers fighting. So there’s this emotional investment in the fight that’s absent from some of the other ones. . Well, then would you say because they’re brothers that Thor out of the Avengers poses the biggest threat to Loki or… .
I guess, yeah. I guess so. But then, you know, they all do in an individual ways. Actually, Loki runs rings around everybody until the end, you know? I mean, they all do. I think the one that he’s the most surprised by I think is the Hulk. I think he expects, I don’t think he sees that coming. But, yeah, Thor is the biggest threat because Thor is the only Avenger who actually means anything to Loki. Like it’s personal for him, you know? .
Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, they’re not personal for Loki. He doesn’t really care. He’s indifferent to them. And somebody very wise once said the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. And Loki is indifferent to most of the Avengers. But he hates Thor. And to hate someone it means somewhere underneath it you have to still love them. .
. In one of the scenes that’s been released, you see Loki and Tony Stark kind of matching wits. Which character do you think has the bigger ego? .
Loki. It’s tough call. It’s a dead heat. It’s photo finish. But Loki by a hair’s breath just because, you know, at least Tony has managed to control his ego and try and use his enormous talent for the greater good. Loki is just, he’s arrogant. He lends himself to a level of quite dizzying pomposity. And he believes he’s superior to just about every other being in the universe. . You’ve gotten to work with a lot of very accomplished directors (Hiddleston has also worked with Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg). What is it about Joss Whedon that makes him unique and kind of makes him special? .
He’s the most gifted writer that I’ve ever worked with who’s also a director. And so that just makes, that is something I admire. More than anything, his ability to write and direct a movie like this is astonishing. His collaborative spirit was amazing. To be able to lead from the front, but also to work with people and work with actors and play to their strengths. And also his sense of humor. His sense of humors is entirely unique. . Yeah, and that was one of the biggest things I was taken aback by when I saw the movie, was how much humor there was. .
Just so funny, right? Yeah. Brilliant. And that’s not easy in a film like this, ’cause you have to deliver action and spectacle and drama. And to make it as fun as it is, it makes it such a thrill ride. And I think it makes it a really good summer movie. . What kind of music are you into? .
Oh, man good question. All kinds actually. I love, at the moment I’m listening to lots of kind of retro, like retro pop. Like I love that song from the Drive soundtrack, ‘A Real Hero’ by College featuring Electric Youth. I love M83. I love U2. I love Bon Iver. I love getting really into my Folk. I’ve been listening to lots of Hank Williams and, you know, those kinds of guys. .
. What’s your biggest kind of guilty pleasure? .
What’s my guilty pleasure? The thing is I never feel guilty about pleasures. I guess my guilty pleasure is like 90s House, which is really cheesy, early 90s House. So I’m talking the kind of DJs that were around in the bleed over between House and Trance. Like cheesy summer Ibiza anthems. Like Eric Prydz’ Call on Me. . The Avengers opens May 4th, 2012. .
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