admin / November 9th, 2013

There’s a lot of bastards out there.

Villains, tyrants, and troublemakers have become so critical to big-budget films that they’re beginning to upstage the heroes — in some cases seizing the title roles, as in next year’s Sleeping Beauty remake Maleficent, and the upcoming Marvel films Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among others.

Thor: The Dark World, which opens today, could easily be subtitled Loki Strikes Back.

In his third round as the God of Mischief, Tom Hiddleston not only steals Thor sequel, but practically sets it on fire and collects all the insurance money. Hiddleston spoke with EW about the state of cinematic villainy — why we love bad guys, why these villains are bigger than ever, and whether he believes himself to be evil at heart…

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Simple question: why do we love characters we hate?
TOM HIDDLESTON Well, that is the eternal question. There is this old phrase that “the devil plays all the best tunes.” There is a kind of freedom to being bad, an embracing of one’s most rebellious instincts. The idea that essentially order and chaos exist inside every human being and mostly – rightly — we behave ourselves. When you play a bad guy, you sort of cut loose from that sense of propriety.

Is it more interesting to play a noble character or a cruel one?
I think most actors see acting as a kind of 3-D psychology,  the study of people, the study of human nature. We find motivations and people’s emotional and psychological makeup to be fascinating, I know I do. Villains are challenging because they provide such fascinating case studies. You’re presented with a villain and the first question is – “What do they want? Why are they villainous?” So in Loki’s case, that answer is complex. He has a broken heart. He is grief stricken, bitter, lonely, sad, angry, ambitious, jealous and proud — and yet, he has a charm and a playfulness and a mischief. It’s a combination of factors I think. It’s that surface charm, that surface playfulness I think is appealing.

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The villains you have cited as influences – Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Jack Nicholson’s Joker in 1989’s Batman, James Mason’s spy Phillip Vandamm in North By Northwest – are all extremely intelligent and calculating. They may be monsters, but they’re not out of control.
The great thing is that they are in total control over the provocation of chaos. There’s a delight in that. And it’s worth mentioning that Thor has always been the God of Thunder and Loki has been the God of Mischief and in a way in this film, this is my most wholehearted acceptance of mischief as a shape. He is this great chess master, he has this straight poker face, but occasionally the audience is allowed to see a flicker of truth, emotional truth. I hope that’s an access point and again I hope it just deepens his sense of humanity.

“Mischief” makes him sound tame.
I remember I looked up mischief in the dictionary and the first entry is “an inclination to playfulness, a desire to tease.” And then actually further down the line, like entry No. 5 is “destruction and damage.” So you have this one word “mischief” which encompasses all these things and that’s the role I’m playing. So it’s my job to turn up on set and have a great time and I hope that’s something that’s appealing, you know Loki’s having a good time and so am I.

Which is a more realistic reflection of ourselves – the hero or the villain?
These big characters, these gods and monsters, the reason we invented them, the reason society has invented myth, the reason why Stan Lee and Jack Kirby started to make up superheroes is born out of some collective desire to explore our own humanity on a big scale. So the heroes are emblems of our strength. They do the right thing, they’re noble, they’re generous, they’re selfless and they save the world. And the bad guys are representation of our flaws, our failings, our vulnerabilities, our weakness.

There have been villains for as long as there have been stories, but action movies — and the Marvel films in particular — are focusing a lot on villains. Why do you think audiences are so taken with the power of bad guys right now?
In the cinematic landscape, I do think Heath Ledger’s performance [as The Joker in The Dark Knight] changed the game. He certainly changed it for me. I’ve never seen such an electrifying performance before or since. There was something incredibly compelling about that film because of his performance in it. The Joker is an anarchist and you don’t get a sense of motivation, you don’t even get a sense of a kind of a vulnerable person underneath that mask, it’s just a maniac for chaos. Loki is much more controlled and much more vulnerable and he’s much more of an intellect and this idea of the shapeshifter.

Your Thor co-star, Anthony Hopkins also won an Oscar for playing a monster who is simultaneously attractive and repellent. Did you ever talk about this phenomenon with him?
I had a fascinating conversation with Anthony Hopkins about this. He’s been doing this job for 50 years and has enjoyed every second of it. He’s had a high old time. He said he’s ‘played heroes and villains and kings and butlers and warriors. And when people ask me to talk about something, they want to talk about one man’ — which is Hannibal Lecter.

The culture is facing hard times. Money is tight in a stagnant economy, unemployment is high — so is frustration. When people feel like the world is against them do we root more for those characters who want to destroy it?
It’s attached to this idea living on the edge, not playing by the rules. I think there’s always been something that’s sort of attractive about that. We all want our lives to be happy, I know I do. Life is good when it’s full of laughter and friendship and companionship and love and family all of those things. But there is something that happens when we go to a cinema on a Friday night and the lights go down, there is an absolute collective fascination with darkness, and that’s something that’s very cinematic. Some cathartic exploration of the darker aspects of our nature. We want to watch it on screen and we don’t want it in our lives.

Loki is a sexy villain, but that’s not part of his ambition, is it? He doesn’t seem to be interested in love or sex but he has this sexuality about him, maybe it’s his lust for power. What do you think of Loki as a sexy beast? 
[Laughs] That’s the first time anyone has ever used that phrase about Loki. It’s fascinating isn’t it? I don’t know because it’s not a part of the conscious construction. I take relish in playing him. I think there’s a physical self-possession about him, a self-acceptance. Of course I’ve been very exacting about his physicality. You know, I was born with very blonde, curly hair, and a mixture of Scottish and English genes, and my complexion is very ruddy and healthy. In making him with this raven black hair and blanching my face of all color, it changes my features. Suddenly my blue eyes look a lot bluer, which lends a severity to my face. And even my own smile has a distorted menace to it. Whatever comes through me naturally is distorted. It’s almost like a filter on a light.

So you are not an agent of chaos like your alter ego?
Alter ego is the right way of putting it! In so many ways, he is the photo negative of who I am. It’s very strange and unexpected to make such a connection with an audience as a character who is a reverse of myself.

What about as a boy – were you a good kid or a troublemaker?
I’ve got a sprinkling of mischief in my childhood, but I was at school with some people who were really, really like — they got into some misdemeanors. There were tricks and pranks and capery. And sure enough, all the prettiest girls in my class were drawn to those guys who seemed to lean into danger.

What would you say separates a villain like Loki from a villain like Malekith, the other antagonist of Thor: The Dark World?
Vulnerability, I think. [Loki] is insecure and in all three films he’s played a brilliant game and has ultimately been undone by his insecurities. I love that line that Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson has in The Avengers: “You’re gonna lose” and Loki says “Why? Your floating fortress falls from the sky. You’re heroes are scattered. Where is my disadvantage?” and Coulson’s response is, “You lack conviction.” [Laughs] Which I love.

Loki is kind of a bottomless pit of need. He doesn’t seem like the kind of individual who could ever be happy.
There’s another line in The Dark World, Thor and Loki are in an isolated space with all the time in the world and they get to the bottom of it. They talk about power and have this big argument and Thor says to Loki “Even if you win, would that satisfy you?” and Loki’s response is, “Satisfaction is not in my nature.” [Laughs] There’s an amazing comic [Loki, first published in 2004] that explores what happens when Loki ends up as king of Asgard, achieved all he’s ever wanted, and his life is empty and devoid of color and all life because there is nothing to fight for anymore.

I loved your Comic-Con presentation [see video above], where you came out in costume and in character, hurling insults and commands at the crowd. They loved it, too. I know you’ve gotten a lot of praise for that, but how did it feel playing him live?
In the words of Tony Stark in The Avengers, “Loki is a full-tilt diva.” So that aspect of him was just a fun, fun thing to do. That was one of those moments that I thought it might be enjoyable and entertaining. I didn’t know it was going to be that. I didn’t know that was going to happen. It was amazing.

It must feel good to call on that when you need it.
Yeah, [laughs] just wheel him out whenever.
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admin / November 8th, 2013

Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston chat about Thor & Loki bromances, brotherly love, why Loki is more popular than Thor, how they always act in opposition to each other, why Loki is such as amazing character to play & whether Loki is really evil.





admin / November 8th, 2013

Hiddleston and MTV News’ Josh Horowitz cuddle up and throw a slumber party – but a pillow fight quickly devolves into a bar fight in this week’s “After Hours.”



admin / November 6th, 2013

The British actor, who again plays Loki in the sequel ‘The Dark World,’ has found fans around the world — and at home.


The past few weeks, Tom Hiddleston has gone from Times Square in Seoul to Times Square in New York City, with people showering the star of Thor: The Dark World with gifts, chocolates, artwork and, yes, requests for dance moves.

He has a knack for playing a popular god of mischief on the big screen, but he’s not too bad at doing the Running Man dance, either.

“I never expected that Loki would be the opportunity I got to show off whatever small talents I have at organized flailing, but it’s been that moment,” Hiddleston, 32, says with a laugh. “Loki’s dancing his way around the world.”

After giving Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding title hero trouble in two Thor movies — including the Dark World sequel, out Friday — and chewing up scenery while invading Manhattan in last year’s The Avengers, Hiddleston has cemented his place as a rising star in Hollywood.

He continues his hot streak with appearances in Jim Jarmusch’s 2014 vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive; Guillermo del Toro’s creepy Crimson Peak for 2015; and next year’s Muppets Most Wanted, in which he plays the Great Escapo.

“I worked with the man himself, Kermit the Frog. I’ve peaked — it’s downhill from here,” Hiddleston says.
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The London-born, Shakespeare-trained actor originally auditioned to play the beefy Thor for the first movie, but instead, he impressed the Marvel Studios brain trust enough for them to cast him as Loki.

Part of his success is feeling very at home with a strong sense of theatricality, says The Dark World director Alan Taylor. “He can seem vulnerable and make you reach out to him, and then he can seem cold as ice.”

For the record, Hiddleston’s best role — at least according to his mother — was the goodhearted British cavalry officer Capt. Nicholls in 2011’s War Horse. He’s pretty much the opposite of Loki, the actor says, and when Hiddleston’s mom saw the movie with him, “she looked across and said, ‘That’s my boy.’ ”

His family really likes Loki, too, Hiddleston says, and they see in the trickster character his inherent playfulness.

“When Loki’s having a good time, my sisters recognize me being mischievous when I was a kid, and they find that very amusing,” he says. At the London premiere of The Dark World, “Mom rolled her eyes at my exhibitionism mostly, which I find really endearing.”

They’ve also enjoyed watching him gallivant around the globe as a showman with gusto and live large by showcasing some modern soft shoe at a crowded mall before 7,000 screaming South Koreans.

“They know that I’m like this,” Hiddleston says of his loved ones. “It was perhaps only a matter of time before I cracked open the box of dance moves from the ’90s disco attic.”
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admin / November 2nd, 2013

Tom has made a surprising appereance to Good Morning America. Enjoy the HQs I’ve collected and the video of his interview.

Gallery link:
Television Appereances > 2013 > November 01 | Good Morning America





admin / November 2nd, 2013

Tom made an amazing appereance on Chatty Man on November 1, enjoy the two pictures and the video interview.

Gallery link:
Television Appereances > 2013 > November 01 | Chatty Man





admin / October 26th, 2013

Marking his third big screen appearance as the character, Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki in the November 9 release of Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World. Following his capture at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers, the new sequel begins as he’s brought back to Asgard in chains to face the judgment of his adoptive father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins).

ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype caught up with the charismatic star at the London junket for the new film. Since he gave us such a funny response to the same question back before “Avengers,” we again asked him if he would give us some hints about the new film that, in true Loki fashion, are not true in the slightest. Or are they?

Hiddleston also discusses his epic live performance he gave as Loki at this year’s Comic-Con International and some of the elements of the character in actual Norse mythology that he studied before shooting.

Check out the video interview in the player below and, if you missed it, check out our conversation with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige by clicking here. Then, check back next week for more interviews with the cast of Thor: The Dark World.



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admin / October 19th, 2013

I’ve added all missing promotional stuff that came out for Thor: The Dark World, and thanks to the lovely Renee at katdennings.net, we also have the B-Roll and Interview screencaptures from the movie EPK.

Gallery links:
Movie Productions > Thor: The Dark World (2013) > Posters
Movie Productions > Thor: The Dark World (2013) > Movie Stills
Movie Productions > Thor: The Dark World (2013) > Extras: B-Roll
Movie Productions > Thor: The Dark World (2013) > Extras: Interview

And here below two videos from the Extras:

B-Roll > youtube.com
Interview > traileraddict.com



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