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I don’t think I’ve yet run into a Tom Hiddleston interview where he isn’t some combination of humble and delightful. He recognizes that The Avengers is what has catapulted him into fame (and fandom’s hearts) and he never misses an opportunity to call out the greats. Like in this interview with SFX, where he discusses the experience of playing Loki.
It turns out that Loki wasn’t always the definitive choice for The Avengers‘ villain. Near the end of the Thor shoot, Joss Whedon visited the set and asked to see a rough cut of the film so he could determine if he wanted to have Chris Hemsworth play off his on-screen brother Tom in the upcoming epic superhero movie. Then he and Tom had tea (!) and Whedon told him, “There’s been some talk of multiple villains in this movie, but I think you can do it on your own.” Wow.
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Tom also acknowledges how intimidating it was to be on-set for this ensemble film, with these established actors who were known long before they put on their superhero costumes:
“If I’m completely honest, I felt very much like the junior boy on The Avengers. I was in the company of a group of actors that I grew up watching and respecting. Samuel L Jackson and Robert Downey Jr are cinematic legends. I remember watching Robert in Chaplin while I was training at RADA thinking it was one of the most extraordinary pieces of acting I’d ever seen. In addition to that, Scarlett Johansson had already done Lost In Translation when I was at university, so I just felt incredibly lucky and privileged to be working with these actors and to be in these scenes with them. It was amazing.”
I love what he says about ScarJo, who’s actually a few years younger than him. But she was 19 when she did Lost In Translation, which means that he was just finishing up his schooling and, while he’d done a few projects, was years away from any sort of notoriety. But all that has changed now! He and his character both have passionate fanbases — the Hiddlestoners and Loki’s Army – who post .gif after .gif of Hiddles being absolutely adorable. Like this one of him and RDJ bonding on-set!
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You’d think that he’d get tired of discussing the Loki costume and hair extensions and stunts, but Tom sounds just as engaged as his first interview when talking about his fight scenes:
“I love doing the stunts and flying around on wires. At the very beginning, the first thing I had to do was jump off a platform, do a 30-foot leap and spear somebody in the chest. Joss wanted me to fly beyond the horizontal, so they attached a harness to me under my costume, which enabled me to dive headfirst towards the camera. I felt like I was part of a circus trapeze act! It was fantastic.”
We imagine it looked something like this:
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