Loki's reveal of Loki variants played by different actors was one of the most surprising of Season 1, made all the better when iconic actor Richard E. Grant played one of them. Grant captivated audiences with his unique representation of Classic Loki, and while he absolutely crushed the role with his awesome performance, that didn't mean he didn't have some reservations about the part.
Richard E. Grant spoke to CinemaBlend's Nick Venable about all things Loki, including the advice Tom Hiddleston gave him as he prepared to play the iconic Marvel villain. When Grant had reservations about how his character would look physically, Hiddleston was there to give his co-star confidence.
Richard E. Grant is happy with the response his Loki has gotten, so he's grateful for Tom Hiddleston's reassurance. Classic Loki didn't need to be super buff because he looked super strong with his powers of conjuring, and that's all the audience cared about in the end.
With all that being said, Richard E. Grant would've certainly loved to still have muscles in the suit. Grant lamented that despite the praise, he still felt uncomfortable in the suit:
Few people probably want to be compared to a Muppet, so I can understand Richard E. Grant's perspective there. Still, I don't think his Classic Loki look is quite that bad, even if he doesn't look quite as physically imposing in his suit compared to Tom Hiddleston's.
Tom Hiddleston was correct that Loki is not about physicality, of course, and Richard E. Grant knew that. The actor talked about how the character represents outcasts across all forms and represents them in a unique way.
It's not explicitly clear whether or not Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki will return for Season 2, though there is reason to be optimistic. After all, it's in a Loki's nature to survive, and his Loki was able to escape a sure death from Thanos. There are certainly several people who would love to see him return, so let's just hope the decision-makers at Marvel notice and make it so.
Loki Season 1 is currently available to stream on Disney+. Those that have finished the series still have plenty of reading to do as we wait for Season 2, so be sure to read up on what we know about Kang The Conqueror, and his alter egos that will likely wreak havoc across the timeline.
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