I never thought I would fall for a villain. But then again, none have been played by Tom Hiddleston before.
That lady clearly knew what I was about to find out first hand.
When I was told we were to interview Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, the main villain in the upcoming The Avengers, I thought oh cool- Loki is a great villain- and I expected that it would make for some great character conversation. What I didn’t expect was for this beautiful, charming, witty 6’2 classically trained actor to walk in the doors.
Lemme tell ya, it takes some super power to make 25 married mommy bloggers fall for a bad guy. But then again, he almost wasn’t the bad guy. As it turns out, Tom had actually auditioned for the role of Thor during the casting process of “Thor”, but ultimately the role of Loki was given to him (and Thor was played by Chris Hemsworth). However, during the casting process he went online to check out fan reactions about the possibility of being cast as Thor and saw “what people thought of the idea. And they were like, immensely passionate and relating their opinions about what they thought of my appropriateness of the part. I think it was like, “This guy sucks ass! He’s so weedy and British. No fucking way!” and then a picture of like, boobs, y’know. But then when I got cast as Loki, people were like, “Okay. He can do that. He’s got like this British weasel look.” So at least they approved of the Loki decision. I had six months to build. To really just immerse myself in the comics and read them all and build it.It was such a thrill when they loved it.And they did, they were actually very,very, very kind about it.”
During the interview Tom referenced his training in theater in London a couple times. When asked where did he get his research- his inspiration behind Loki (ahem- my question… ahem), Tom said “Shakespeare is always a really easy paradigm for me, because he wrote such amazing characters. He’s (Loki) more like, uh, he’s more like Iago now and less like Edmond in King Lear.” He went deeper into the meaning behind comparing Loki to Iago by stating, “Uh, Iago is a psychopath…he basically brings down an entire culture…and you don’t ever find out really why. At the end, someone — someone asks him, “Why did you do this?” He quite calmly responds with, “What you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak word.” It’s one of the great questions.. why would he do it, is there a reason or is he just…an arsehole.”
You can kinda see by now why he was so charming. Each question he replied to with complete detail and attention- and the killer was he looked right at you with those amazing baby blues. Plus he just oozed personality. Like when asked what his reaction was when he realized how big Loki was in the film, he exclaimed “I did a little happy dance…literally. Joss told me — Joss Whedon told me I was going to be the only villain, but I really couldn’t believe the scale and size of the part, and the quality of his writing (…) it’s the most precise, dramatic, violent, and hilarious screenplay that I’ve ever read.He really nailed it. Joss Whedon. We believe in you.”
After seeing the film, I agree- I believe in Joss Whedon too…but I am so much more of a fan of Loki now. Even if he is a bit crazy. As long as it’s those baby blues wrecking havoc on the world (and you know, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Capt. America, Black Widow and Hawkeye are there to make it all chill), I think I can say, go Team Loki.
Disclosure: I received an all expense trip as media for Disney/Marvel for this event. All opinions are my own (only coaxed by that accent at times).