10:08 am - 09/11/2012

Avengers Assemble: Tom Hiddleston Interview + Tom Hiddleston App

With the Blu-ray and DVD of Avengers Assemble set to be released next Monday (17 September), we chat with actor Tom Hiddleston – who plays Loki in the movie – to find out more…

What do you like about your character in Marvel’s The Avengers?
“Loki is such a great, larger-than-life character. He has so many dimensions. He is motivated by jealousy, ambition, pride, vanity, arrogance and greed – and yet he gets to have a lot of fun because of his predisposition towards mischief. On one level, he is this grandiose agent of chaos. He’s a cackling villain standing on rooftops, laughing at the sky. But on another level, he’s a lost child and a brother who was always the second string because he grew up in the shadow of Thor. He’s a rejected, abandoned son who has no place in the universe, so all his destructive anger is motivated by a lack of self-esteem. I don’t think he even knows it, but he’s desperately trying to give himself a purpose.”

At what stage did you discover that Loki would be part of Marvel’s The Avengers?

“[Marvel’s The Avengers producer] Kevin Feige suggested Loki would be part of the Avengers storyline when I got cast in Thor, but I was so busy trying to build the character that I couldn’t think about it. I knew perfectly well that if I was rubbish in Thor, I wouldn’t get anywhere near The Avengers. That’s when I thought I’d just take everything one step at a time.”

When did the reality of Loki’s role in Marvel’s The Avengers hit you?

“Towards the end of the Thor shoot, Joss Whedon came into Marvel for a script meeting and he asked [Thor director] Kenneth Branagh to see a rough cut of Thor. Joss wanted to see what he could do with Chris Hemsworth and where to take the character of Thor, as well as Loki. Joss loved it so much that we went for a cup of tea and we had a long, fantastic conversation where we swapped loads of ideas. Joss said to me, ‘There’s been some talk of multiple villains in this movie, but I think you can do it on your own,’ which was the most incredible compliment. I had a mountain to climb after that.”

What’s it like to work with Joss Whedon?

“What impressed me the most about Joss initially was the incredible screenplay we had to work with onMarvel’s The Avengers. Directing this film was a feat in itself, but his screenplay was phenomenal. I’m sure none of us really knew what to expect, but I take my hat off to Joss for that. He was incredibly open and that’s what you want as an actor: you want to collaborate. Everyone has a certain level of ownership of their character and Joss was very respectful of that possession. He would constantly ask us, ‘Does this feel right for your character? Does this feel true to you? Is this in your voice?’”

How did it feel to work on a set that featured so many A-list actors?

“If I’m completely honest, I felt very much like the junior boy on The Avengers. I was in the company of a group of actors that I grew up watching and respecting. Samuel L Jackson and Robert Downey Jr are cinematic legends. I remember watching Robert in Chaplin while I was training at RADA thinking it was one of the most extraordinary pieces of acting I’d ever seen. In addition to that, Scarlett Johansson had already done Lost In Translation when I was at university, so I just felt incredibly lucky and privileged to be working with these actors and to be in these scenes with them. It was amazing.”

How did it feel to play the villain of the movie?

“It was a huge undertaking because it was an amazing challenge and an amazing privilege to play the bad guy. It was a challenge to dial up the menace and I was exhausted when I finished filming. It’s funny how negative energy is so exhausting, and it was certainly a challenge to cultivate Loki’s hatefulness every day. I had to get inside his reservoirs of pain and make that feel real. Hating is exhausting; it’s much more exhausting than loving, and that’s what took it out of me – as well as some of the physical challenges that we all undertook.”

Was the stunt work challenging as well?

“I love doing the stunts and flying around on wires. At the very beginning, the first thing I had to do was jump off a platform, do a 30-foot leap and spear somebody in the chest. Joss wanted me to fly beyond the horizontal, so they attached a harness to me under my costume, which enabled me to dive headfirst towards the camera. I felt like I was part of a circus trapeze act! It was fantastic.”

How much training did you undertake for the role?

“I started training about two months ahead of the film shoot, but that continued while we were filming, too. I couldn’t bulk up, but it was important to me that Loki had a lean flexibility, so I ran and I ran. I’m a runner anyway and I’m used to getting up in the morning. I would be called for hair and makeup at 5am, so I’d get up at 3.30am, run for 45 minutes, do circuit training and then do a whole day shooting before going to bed, getting up, and doing it all again.”

What time did you have to go to bed?

“Hopefully by 8pm, but sometimes it was later than that. It was fine. To be honest, it was great to be part of the project.”

Did you find yourself taking Loki home with you at night?

“Thankfully, I wasn’t taking him home at the end of the day. I could leave Loki behind, which was great because I could relax and unwind away from the set. We had a really amazing atmosphere during the film shoot.”

What was the makeup process like for Loki?

“I had to go through two hours of hair and make-up every morning, which was a little testing at times. I had dyed my hair black and it was a certain length, but it wasn’t as long as it needed to be. It took an hour to put on the wig and add in the extensions, and then the costume itself took about 45 minutes to get on. I needed assistance with it because there were so many belts, buckles and bootstraps.”

How did you feel when the process was completed each day?

“I thought it looked amazing. It’s one of those things where the external silhouette of the character does so much of the job for me. The costume that Loki wears, the way he looks, the fact that he’s pale and has these sunken eyes and long black hair… He looks menacing. My eyes are naturally green and blue because I’m fair skinned and blond – but when I’ve got black hair and pale skin, suddenly my eyes look really creepy. When you’re breathing life into a very different kind of character it’s helpful to know that you look very different. But the costume was also great, especially when you’re fighting in it. It was so heavy and hot that it felt like I was fighting in a diving bell! It was intense, but great and it looked amazing, so it was all worth it.”

Do you think you came off worst when it comes to your costume?

“Everyone in the cast had their own challenges with the costumes, but if you sign up to play a superhero, you know you’re going to have a specific outfit and you know it’s going to be a challenge at some point. Alex Byrne is a brilliant costume designer. Everyone looks iconic in the movie, and Alex was so open to making the costumes work for the actors. She wanted to ensure that you could fight in it, breathe in it and also take it off at lunchtime. There’s a high risk that superheroes can look ridiculous, but Alex made us all look amazing.”

Were you into superheroes when you were growing up?

“As a kid, I loved Superman. For me, Christopher Reeve as Superman was the first superhero. I sat smack-bang in the middle of the audience for that movie. I was the right age at the right time, and I spent a lot of my childhood playing Superman games in the playground.”

So what superhero power would you most like to have in real life?

“I would love to have invisibility. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to be able to walk around and not be seen? You could listen into everything and look around. It would be a huge freedom to not be seen.”

Where would you go with your invisibility?

“I would go and find out the truth about things I don’t know about. I would want to go and sit in 10 Downing Street and the White House to listen to what they really say and what they really know. And then I would want to go around and play jokes on people that I know. That would be fantastic!”



1883 are launching the Tom Hiddleston app. 47 pages of Tom Hiddleston exclusives. Including the editorial and interview from issue 4, never seen before images, backstage photos, 4 videos, as well as 3 new covers.

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letitrainblue 11th-Sep-2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
And then I would want to go around and play jokes on people that I know. That would be fantastic

winegums 11th-Sep-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
just lends support to my theory that he's actually Loki pretending to be Tom Hiddleston tbh
wikkibird 11th-Sep-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
^ Agreed!
theemosthappiee 11th-Sep-2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
I lol'd at that quote, ofc he would :P
anime_fanatic19 12th-Sep-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
that video is perfection!
halfslytherin 11th-Sep-2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
He is so wonderful it actually hurts. I read this interview earlier <3
it_has_been 11th-Sep-2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
his stans on Tumblr scare the ever loving shit out of me

i_have_no_style 11th-Sep-2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
oh you're being too dramatic.

tundrabeast 11th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
superchocobear 11th-Sep-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ngl, he does seem to have trouble keeping his legs shut when he sits. He probably has a great one.
corduroyskirt 11th-Sep-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
wow, there's a tumblr for everything.
deargirl 11th-Sep-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
i cant go in his tag anymore tbh. if i do i always regret it
walker_sarah 11th-Sep-2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
I like you Tom but still not a big fan of Loki
thaumos 11th-Sep-2012 12:24 pm (UTC)

pansylove 11th-Sep-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
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pilotesse 11th-Sep-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
oh my damn
ladyjj 11th-Sep-2012 12:25 pm (UTC)

moonbunnii 11th-Sep-2012 12:26 pm (UTC)

Best way to spend two months of my life.
winegums 11th-Sep-2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
psst: they're still going on, check ontdassemble for which one the current post is.

the party never stops ;)
moonbunnii 11th-Sep-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I was hoping someone would tell me this.
chaquitalicia04 11th-Sep-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I may have done not so great on my Finals, but it was fun times.
verschreibsel 11th-Sep-2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I finally found his flaw!
He liked DC.

And I think it speaks of how much I like him that I actually read this whole interview instead of just the bolded parts. I don't do that for just anyone.
yurasama_love 11th-Sep-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Haha, but Superman is kind of a big deal to kids. He's Superman!
verschreibsel 11th-Sep-2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Not where I live. Comics aren't that popular. It's was more Sailor Moon.
And my role model was Mulan so I wouldn't know haha
vickileekx 11th-Sep-2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
oh my god, he got up at 3:30 to run?? holy shit tom
bohemianvixen 11th-Sep-2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Amazing discipline. I can barely get up for my 8:30 a.m. spinning class.

Edited at 2012-09-11 12:55 pm (UTC)
minyquai 11th-Sep-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
and he went to bed at 8pm omg this grandpa life
winegums 11th-Sep-2012 01:01 pm (UTC)

I think the last time I went to bed at 8.30 on a regular basis was when I was 8 years old. But then, he did have to get up at 3.30 to do the running, so...
tundrabeast 11th-Sep-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
So he gets 8.5 hours of sleep oh my god. THE ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS, THEY BURN.

Edited at 2012-09-11 01:35 pm (UTC)
kangofu 11th-Sep-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
He was probably exhausted.
superchocobear 11th-Sep-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
lol that's like when I go to sleep
bohemianvixen 11th-Sep-2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, I wasn’t taking him home at the end of the day.

Hiddle Me This tells me otherwise, Tom.
executivehpfan 11th-Sep-2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Just when I erased that travesty from my brain. GODDAMN IT.
bohemianvixen 11th-Sep-2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
I just discovered it so I need to drag someone down to join me in my misery!
winegums 11th-Sep-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)

de_throned 11th-Sep-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)

a truckload of eye and brain bleach will never clean my soul
shallowlove_x 11th-Sep-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
lol what is this Hiddle Me This you speak of?
tsarinakate1 11th-Sep-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Every time someone reads that, kittens die.

And yes, I read like four chapters before getting to the line where he tells her her vagina is his new favorite flavor.

Then I yelled "And I'm out" to my empty house.
milesaway 11th-Sep-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Lol oh my god that fic
I started and kept reading for the smut and then even that got fucked up after a while
I feel weird reading rpf though....
sweet_children9 11th-Sep-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Gonna read it to traumatize myself and learn to never go to his tag in any site ever besides ontd
sweet_children9 11th-Sep-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
"your cunt is like heaven" this line just killed me now.
tolaughandlove 12th-Sep-2012 01:49 am (UTC)


sereniti_ii 12th-Sep-2012 08:53 am (UTC)
Ahahaha I've not read this and thanks to you I never will.
awakejupiter 11th-Sep-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Tom stans, are the below gifs a real interview or has someone put fake quotes? I couldn't find it anywhere and it wouldn't be the first time someone on tumblr has made up shit for reblogs.

halfdressedliar 11th-Sep-2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
I looked around for it, and I couldn't find it anywhere. The girl who made it won't post up the video for it either. So I'm assuming it's fake.
de_throned 11th-Sep-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)

The girl who makes gifs often refuse to link to a source, so large amount of her gifs are fake, unfortunately people on tumblr are gullible and believe everything she posts

Edited at 2012-09-11 01:39 pm (UTC)
degele 11th-Sep-2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
idk but it wouldn't surprise me if he actually said that. there's a video of him (before he got famous) talking about compassion and what it means to him and him going on about how a woman's smile makes him happy or something.

he's so sweet it makes me want to throw up
de_throned 11th-Sep-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
It's fake

the fact that the OP often refuses to source her gifs, I've stopped believing the gifs she makes
executivehpfan 11th-Sep-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's real.

BUT it says something about Hiddleston that you have to pause and actually consider it. lol
sessile29 11th-Sep-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
lol i'm glad everyone's saying this quote is fake

i thought it was the most legit annoying thing i'd ever heard him say. the whole quote is a bit judgey and high-horsed - and also a bit hypocritical, considering how he actually seems to act around women. ;D
fourplusthree 11th-Sep-2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
“I would love to have invisibility. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to be able to walk around and not be seen? You could listen into everything and look around. It would be a huge freedom to not be seen.”
not surprised. his stans are insane.
tothechangmin 11th-Sep-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
flawless man ♥
klmnumbers 11th-Sep-2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hating is exhausting; it’s much more exhausting than loving

wikkibird 11th-Sep-2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Man is a Buddhist, I'm convinced of it...
lulubelle007 11th-Sep-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
aaaw, hate is exhausting. he just loves to love wveryone and everything.

i love you back, tom. You're my second favourite Tommy H.
ladybozi 11th-Sep-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
mmmm.... dem lips. <3
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