On the subject of bulking up, after dropping 15kg for Rush, “At the moment, I'm big again because we're filming Thor 2. It's a lot of work to keep it on. I have to do an hour or 2 of workout every day & eat ridiculous amounts of protein. I'm pretty much carb-free at the moment. It's so boring. You start to feel like people think that's really you. I suppose it's fair enough if that's all they've seen of you.”
In relation to another aspect of the godly role that isn't exactly ‘him,’ Chris Hemsworth recalled having to affix a wig for the 2011 Thor movie. “We had to have it like that in Thor because that was just how the character looked. I wore a wig for the first [Thor movie and The Avengers] but never wanted to do that again because it was uncomfortable. For Snow White and the Huntsman I was growing it for the next Thor so we just dyed it dark. But I'd love to shave it off.”
Tom Hiddleston: It's mostly self-applied pressure actually. I remember Chris [Hemsworth] and I saying over the summer when Avengers came out, where do we go now? Going into this one we were - very flatteringly - involved in big creative conversations about tone, and story. Thor and Loki are these two characters that people know and love and understand - so we have to take this in the right direction. You want to do something new - you don't want to re-heat the same recipe in the microwave, you want to cook up something different and exciting - but you don't want to lose the things that worked the first time. So we're our own slave drivers, in a way. Complacency is the enemy. But that's exciting and it's going well. I have never seen a group of actors or a crew work harder.
GQ.com: How has Avengers influenced the rest of the Marvel franchises? Loki being Hulk smashed - you can't ignore that has happened.
Hiddleston: Yeah! [laughs] He's certainly eaten humble pie. The springboard for us in the second Thor film is at the end of Avengers you see Thor and Loki beamed up back to Asgard. The first question that we all asked was "what happens next? What does Odin have to say about the events of Avengers?" What's Jane Foster been up to while she wasn't involved?" It's really exciting, actually. We're literally half way through - we started at the start of August and we should be finished by Christmas. It's going beautifully.
It will be interesting, to say the least, to see where the story goes for Loki in Thor: The Dark World. Arguably, he's more important than any of the individual Avengers in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's gone toe-to-toe with Heimdall, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and of course the Hulk faring better against some moreso than others. Will he continue to be an important lynchpin going forward or will 'The Dark World' look to put Loki in the peripherals as we move forward to another maniacal threat for Avengers 2?
I am so happy to see Mallekith' fabulous haircape from behind, I was afraid his appearance would not be fancy like in the comics.
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