How Thor: The Dark World Did That Amazing Cameo Scene
Thor: The Dark World landed in theaters this weekend, delivering solid Box Office numbers and some positive buzz from those of us who left the theater satisfied. In addition to a story that worked and some great action, there was also that amazing little cameo. Itís at this point that Iím going to state loudly: SPOILER WARNING, if you havenít seen Thor: The Dark World yet, and you havenít heard about the cameo ó and Iím not referring to Stan Leeís expected drop-in ó read no further. Itís better to be surprised on this one!
SPOILERS beyond this point!
The cameo Iím referring to is that glorious little moment when Captain America dropped in. Well, it wasnít really Captain America. Lokiís gift with illusion allows him to present himself however he wants, and during the scene where he and Thor were on their way out of Asgard, Loki had a little fun with this ability, at one point presenting himself as Captain America. Enter Chris Evans, doing an impersonation of Loki doing an impersonation of Captain America, striding purposefully, he says, "Oh, this is much better! The costumeís a bit much. So tight!" He goes on about how he can "feel the righteousness surging," and then offers his brother the opportunity to have a righteous discussion about truth, honor and patriotism." Because, you know, thatís the kind of thing Captain America would be into, right?
MTV spoke with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston about the cameo and they shared some interesting behind-the-scenes details about how that scene was shot.
As Hiddleston puts it, "I did an impression of Loki in the Captain America costume, and did the whole performance, and then they showed Chris [Evans] my performance on tape. Itís him doing an impression of me doing an impression of him, and itís brilliant. Brilliant. I think itís great."
Brilliant is a great word for it. And the fact that they did it that way explains how thereís so much Loki in Evansí performance. Itís enough to make us want to see Loki impersonate all of the other Avengers. As heroic as they all are, it's all a matter of perspective, and from Loki's vantage point, those quirky little personality traits might be well worth poking fun at. How great would it be to watch Loki show off the smarmier side of Tony Stark, or mock the Hulkís rage ó letís face it, Loki has good reason to despise the HulkÖ
And how would he present Hawkeye or Black Widow? They're both such serious characters, which I think would play really well exaggerated. Iíd also love to see a Nick Fury impression, if only to see how Samuel L. Jackson takes on his own character through Lokiís eyes.
Impressions are something Tom Hiddlestonís actually pretty great at. Whether itís Alan Rickman, Owen Wilson or a velociraptor, heís got it covered. Check out this compilation of impressions he's done during interviews.
The swear-filled Chris Evans impression is my favorite in that one.
Want more? This next video includes evidence that HIddleston is very familiar with Will Smithís "Miami," as well as more Chris Evans, some Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johannson, and at one point, a little kid with an American accentÖ
Speaking Greek, Russian and French. I donít think Iíve le-sighíed like that since I watched that Bradley Cooper interview where he speaks French.
Going back to Loki, heís certainly a scene-stealer, thanks in large part to Hiddlestonís brilliant performance. Beyond the Cap impression, that moment when we see Lokiís reaction to Friggaís death was one of the best in the film, I thought. Just one burst of rage to betray Lokiís otherwise usual cool demeanor. Loki is arguably the best villain among Marvelís recent films. Youíd think thatís a good thing but read Kateyís argument on why it isnít here.
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