Do you like him?

I do, yeah. And the thing about playing him is that you have to. You can’t sit in judgment. In my own mind, I’ve unpacked his suitcase of pain. I would stand up - I can easily stand up and defend him even though many of his actions are indefensible. I know why, I think. But what’s interesting is those answers are locked in some kind cabinet right at the bottom of him. And he’s in there and nobody has the key. Do you know what I'm saying? I do like him. I also was also enormously charming [laughs]. He’s sort of someone who’s really nasty, but really elegant with it. He’s someone who looks good doing really bad things.

It sounds cool or something, do you know what I mean? What I love about playing him is that there’s a delight, and now because of the way the character was developed by Joss Whedon in Avengers who kept encouraging me to enjoy myself - enjoy myself as an actor and enjoy like Loki’s having a good time destroying Manhattan. He’s having a good time teasing everybody and playing everyone else off each other like a chess master. And now I really feel like I'm the God of Mischief [laughs]. And playing that mischievous element in all its unpredictability is really, really fun.

In the comics Thor and Loki have a changing back and forth dynamic. Sometimes they’re best friends. Sometimes they hate each other. In this film are they closer to being friends at some point or is there like a unifying thing that brings them together? Do you know what I mean?

Yeah, absolutely. I’m just wondering it’s whether I can answer that question [laughs]. It’s consistently ambivalent in a way that’s true to the comics, and really fun for myself and Chris Hemsworth to play. What’s really exciting is that in Avengers Thor still really cared about Loki, and part of the reason he was there was almost to protect him. He was just like to try and find the good in him and take him home.

And we’ve been very careful not to repeat that moment. Thor’s attitude has to change. Therefore Loki’s attitude has to change and their relationship to each other – their need for each other, their antipathy, opposition to and from – is constantly changing. That’s what makes it fun to play, you know? These archetypal forces of dark and light. And, like I said, the lightness and the darkness is flickering between the two.

Is the Tesseract still a factor?

[Long pause] Can’t say.

Does Loki have any regret for any of his actions in the first two films?

Ummm… there is a whole scene dedicated to whether or not that happens. [laughs]

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