UPDATE: Tom Hiddleston On Loki's Mischief In The Avengers And Much More!
Ultimately rehashing on elements of The Avengers, barely dodging a Skrulls question, among other things, make the jump for a recent video interview with Tom Hiddleston!
Scheduled to appear at this year's New York Comic Con tomorrow, ABC News got an early chat with 'Loki' actor Tom Hiddleston. Ultimately rehashing on the character's mischief in the Joss Whedon-directed flick, as well barely dodging a question about the speculated secondary villains, the Skrulls, among other things, watch the interview below.
UPDATE: In a separate interview with HitFix during a NYCC roundtable chat, Hiddleston discussed more about The Avengers, including words of enthusiasm from Joss Whedon, the dynamic with Chris Hemsworth's 'Thor,' and more. Thanks to Graphic City for the heads up.
On advise Joss Whedon offered...
"More feral and enjoy yourself," he said. "Loki's definitively more menacing [in 'The Avengers']. In 'Thor,' he was a lost prince and there was a degree of vulnerability and confusion about his identity. In 'The Avengers,' he knows exactly who he is and is fully self-possessed."
On how Kenneth Branagh differs from Joss Whedon...
"['Thor' director] Ken [Branagh] and Marvel already had a clear take on the world they wanted to make, but I borrowed from both [Marvel and Norse]. In the Marvel mythology, initial incarnations of Loki just have him cackling on the rooftops. He's very much a two-dimensional villain. It was only in the Norse myth that you see how psychologically complex Loki seemed to be."
"Joss is a huge Shakespeare buff and Ken's actually a closet comic book fanboy," Hiddelston says. "They both have a pan-literacy about storytelling, mythology and literature and comics and they understand the classic tropes and narrative arcs of storytelling. But Ken has a classical warmth about him and Thor is both warm and classical in turn. Joss is more interested in comedy in a sci-fi context."
On the dynamic with Chris Hemsworth's Thor...
"During our first scene together in "The Avengers," Joss was like, 'You really make each other better. That's a really amazing thing to watch,' Hiddleston says. "It's not an intellectual thing. It's like when you play tennis. You're just so evenly matched. I think Joss has a soft spot for Loki. He likes him as a character and felt he could take both Thor and Loki further down that path and make the sibling rivalry a really interesting element of the clash of egos in 'The Avengers'."
On retaining his inner child being on-set...
"There was one day where I managed to slightly mischievously steal Captain America's shield and Thor's hammer and I was parading around the subterranean tunnel," Hiddelston said. "One of the producers saw me and said, 'What are you doing with those?' But I've got quite a good weapon in this one."
On whether he can reveal any spoilerific plot details...
"I can sense the red dot forming on my forehead by a Marvel sniper," he replied to one specific plot question – but shared that, despite the action taking place around the world, Manhattan will become the film's focus point "partly because that's where Tony Stark lives." "It's not an easily functioning team," Hiddelston said of the superhero group. "A lot of the strength and uniqueness of the film comes in the fact that there's a lot of square peg/round hole fitting going on."
For more from Hiddleston on bonding with the cast in Albuquerque, Cleveland and New York, head over to HitFix for the full chat.
Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers will be released May 4, 2012.
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