Everyone loves Loki, the god of mischief played with delight by classically trained English actor Tom Hiddleston.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman
November 8, 2013
When Thor: The Dark World did last-minute reshoots it wasn’t to fix something that wasn’t working. It was to add more Loki. In it, Hiddleston returned as Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) cranky, adopted, scene-stealing brother.
We spoke with Hiddleston in Toronto when Thor: The Dark World was released.
Is Loki a villain or an antihero?
“Ha ha. Well, every villain is a hero in his own mind. The key thing about any character I play is I have to start from a place of compassion, my stepping into the silhouette comes from a place of attempting to understand his point of view, so even though he is and has been regarded as villain, antagonist, antihero, in my mind as I play him I have to fight in his corner…. Having said that, from an objective intellectual standpoint, he is a deeply mixed-up cat [laughs].”
How does the character of Loki evolve?
“I think in the first [Thor] film his arc is very tragic, and in Avengers he has a classical arc of a true villain, and in this film the hero is still Thor played by Chris Hemsworth and the villain is Malekith played by Christopher Eccleston, and I’m the wild card. I think it’s taken me a couple of films to truly inhabit the moniker of the god of mischief and I think in this film Loki is the most mischievous in nature.”
Some of Thor: The Dark World was shot in Iceland, tell me about that.
“Iceland is one of the few places on Earth that looks like another world because the landscape is so extraordinary. The dimensions are bigger, the proportions are bigger, a big hill is absolutely enormous and the colour of the water has a translucency that I’ve never seen before. The sky seems twice the size and some of it looks like a moonscape to me. I remember taking a helicopter ride through various canyons, crevices and waterfalls; it seems like a fantasy world and yet it is our Earth.”
And, of course, it’s the root of the Norse mythology on which these characters are based.
“You still walk down the street in Reykjavík and run into five people who are called Thor. To be on the land that invented this mythology was extraordinary.”
“I think it’s taken me a couple of films to truly inhabit the moniker of the god of mischief”
It must be tough to lose your colleagues every few months when a shoot wraps.
“Yeah, that’s really true. The thing is you get used to it, you have to, otherwise you’d just spend your life being heartbroken. But it never stops being sad because for that short time you become a family. You do, you see the same people every day for 16 hours a day, for months on end, and you’re so bound together by your common purpose, which is to make a great film... And then you have to say goodbye and go back to your lives and there is always a week where you go, ‘Oh man, I really miss those people.’”
Being able to see them again must be one of the perks of working on a franchise.
“Oh yeah, you come back and I do feel like, particularly with Chris, we’ve been on this amazing journey together and he’s the only person in the world who I know understands what it’s like, and he says the same thing.”
In trying to imagine a world post-Endgame, we’re not sure anyone could miss this brotherly duo more than we will.
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