In Empire's world exclusive cover interview, Tom Hiddleston explains why he took 'a moment of consideration' away from screen roles in the past few years: https://t.co/r8ckOqxCll pic.twitter.com/xbttabkp0I— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) April 12, 2021
ONTD's favorite punching bag Tom Hiddleston prepares to star in Disney+ Loki and the series adaptation of The Essex Serpent and (not really) explains why he retreated from screen work in recent years and why now's the time to come back.
• Says he needed to take “a moment of consideration":
"I’d been playing so many different people in so many different parts of the world, and it’s very important to distinguish what’s real in one’s own life, and look after those things. Because if you don’t look after them, they can be lost, or they can be marginalised, and then you come home one day and they’re not there anymore.”
• On the roles he got offered in the meantime: "A few things crossed my path and I thought carefully about them, but they didn’t feel quite right, so I didn’t do them."
• Quotes Tilda Swinton’s character Eve from Only Lovers Left Alive as someone he shares his viewpoint with:
“She says life is about surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship, and dancing. So perhaps, in the moment, I needed to come back and do it. I don’t know, to be honest, that I danced a lot. I should have danced more. But I’m sure there are some people who’d say I’ve danced far too much.”
Hiddleston doesn't want to spoil the show but suggests we look closely at the show's logo as it might be a hint.
“The font of how Loki is spelled out seems to keep changing shape. Loki is the quintessential shapeshifter. His mercurial nature is that you don’t know whether, across the MCU, he’s a hero or a villain or an anti-hero. You don’t know whether you can trust him. He literally and physically changes shape into an Asgardian guard, or into Captain America repeatedly. Thor talks about how he could change into a snake. I think that shapeshifting logo might give you an idea that Loki, the show, is about identity, and about integrating the disparate fragments of the many selves that he can be, and perhaps the many selves that we are. I thought it was very exciting because I’ve always found Loki a very complex construct. Who is this character who can wear so many masks, and changes shape, and seems to change his external feeling on a sixpence?”