Tom Hiddleston Talks Climbing Back Into Loki's Skin On The Set Of Thor: The Dark World

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-10-01 12:57:05discussion comments
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Do you like him?

I do, yeah. And the thing about playing him is that you have to. You canít sit in judgment. In my own mind, Iíve 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 whatís interesting is those answers are locked in some kind cabinet right at the bottom of him. And heís 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]. Heís sort of someone whoís really nasty, but really elegant with it. Heís 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 thereís 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 Lokiís having a good time destroying Manhattan. Heís 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 theyíre 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. Iím just wondering itís whether I can answer that question [laughs]. Itís consistently ambivalent in a way thatís true to the comics, and really fun for myself and Chris Hemsworth to play. Whatís 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 weíve been very careful not to repeat that moment. Thorís attitude has to change. Therefore Lokiís attitude has to change and their relationship to each other Ė their need for each other, their antipathy, opposition to and from Ė is constantly changing. Thatís 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] Canít say.

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

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