Time for a quick little story. I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve never had one of “those” moments at a Blog Event. You know those moments you wish you could take back because they were beyond embarrassing. They were mortifying. Well this trip I had one.
While interviewing Mr. Tom Hiddleston we were lounging on Sofa’s in the Penthouse Suit at the Trump Soho. Very Casual right. Well the way I was sitting my foot fell asleep. After the interview we stood to have a group picture taken. Well in my head I stood up. Then my ankle gave out. In heels….I began to fall. It was like slow motion. You know when your falling like that you throw your arms out to catch yourself. When I looked up who was catching me? Tom Hiddleston. Yep cue the Ohhhhhhhhh Nooooooooo! All I could say was “I’m SO Sorry sir.” Then I fell AGAIN. Yep. TWICE. He caught me again and in the most elegant voice said, “Darling are you ok?” I kept apologizing then spurting something about my feel fell asleep. Yep I’m pretty sure I said fee in front of Loki. Thank goodness he was such a gentleman! I’m sure he mentioned to someone that some crazy mom kept falling all over him, but Mr. Hiddleston kept me from breaking my ankle. I just sprained it instead. So THANK YOU Mr. Tom Hiddleston for being a true gentleman. Now if I can get Gabriel to quit telling all his friends, “My mom fell for Loki” I think I’ll live.
Now onto the interview!
WOMAN: So, tell us how much you like playing such an evil bad guy.
TOM HIDDLESTON: Well, because I played him before, I kind of feel like I’ve got both my arms around him. And, uh, I understand underneath all of his like, evil and anger and madness and m — mania, there’s a sort of emotional heartbreak. But it was really fun to cut loose and just let his hair down, literally and metaphorically.
Joss — Joss Whedon — said that, uh, y’know, we had to make him more dangerous. We had to make him more menacing. Because — because these superhero films, when they really work, and I think this one does, purely because of Joss’s immaculate writing and direction, the — the sort of fist-pumping redemption-drama is, uh, is earned by the heroes having to overcome an obstacle.
And your fist is pumping for Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor and — and Captain America and all of those guys because I am that obstacle. So, someone’s got to do it, basically, and it was really fun. And it was like being a kid, too. There were days where I was — you know, I had a harness underneath my costume, and wires, just underneath it, and, um, attached to the sides, and I was just flying around, like a circus act, like a kid, basically.
WOMAN: I read your article in the Guardian that touched upon your love of superheroes, which I loved. When you signed on to be in “Thor” and “The Avengers,” did you actively want to be part of a superhero movie that could potentially inspire children today to grow up with a love of Superheroes?
TOM HIDDLESTON: Yeah. Absolutely. And I don’t think it was something that I really remembered until I had gone through a period of like, um, exploring other things, expanding my tastes in other directions.
Like, as a kid, I loved superhero films. “Superman.” “Indiana Jones.” Tim Burton’s “Batman.” Um. You know. And then as a teenager, I sort of went off into more kind of, um, refined like, just sort of refined things, like I discovered foreign language cinema and adult films and foreign language stuff and, you know, Shakespeare. And your taste is just more refined. And then I kind of remembered actually why I signed up in the first place.
It’s because of Christopher Reeve and — and — you know, I just thought, “Wouldn’t that be amazing?” Before I’d even conceived of acting as a job, before I knew you could make a living being an actor, I wanted to be Superman. And, I think, there’s so — if you get this kind of a film right, you can enter a child’s imagination in the most extraordinary way.
WOMAN: How do you find reactions from fans or kids to Loki’s character?
TOM HIDDLESTON: Mark. Mark Ruffalo’s son. I like — I kind of dedicate my performance to his son, his ten-year old, because he was on set a lot. And, um, and like, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige, the producer, they were enormously supportive on set. They were very complimentary when they liked something that I was doing. I would do a take, and they would say, “Awesome. You got it. Let’s — ” And Kevin Feige would be like, “God, that was great. Let’s move on.” And you get on with the day. The days that Mark’s son was there, he was like, “Awesome job, Tom.
We got it. Let’s move on.” Kevin would say the same thing, and then Mark’s son would say, “Oh, my God! Tom! That was incredible! That was the most awesome thing I have ever seen!” And I’m like, “I am doing this for you.” And, you know, there were days when Mark would come in with — just to watch, because he wanted to watch. He’d be like, “I’m sorry. We’re here again. He just loves you.” And then you realize that that’s the power that these films can have.
It’s such a beautiful thing. It’s a really amazing privilege.
WOMAN: In bringing this character to life, it’s a huge thing, because you know they already have their stories established and things like that. So were there any particular details and nuances you tried to add to the character the audience should really look for?
TOM HIDDLESTON: I hope that anyone who has seen “Thor” can recognize him, and I have — there is still this spiritual damage at the heart of him, underneath his anarchy and his chaos and his anger and destructiveness.
That there is still a vulnerability there. Um. Um…and I hope that people kind of — he’s kind of — stylish. You know.
WOMAN: Despite his hair?
TOM HIDDLESTON: [LAUGHS] Um. He’s just like, even though he’s like, terrifyingand hateful, there’s a sort of a — a strange, um, I don’t know, a strange elegance or something that he has.
I hope — I just hope that people love to hate him or hate to love him.
WOMAN: So is Loki really a villain or is he just jealous of his big brother?
TOM HIDDLESTON: I always think of him as an antagonist as opposed to a villain, but only because every villain is a hero in his own mind. Uh, and all of us in the world, we, as we move forward with our lives, we make choices, and we like to think that they’re the right choices.
And Loki is making all the wrong choices. So he’s tragically deluded, and borderline insane, but he still thinks, in the narrative of his life, he’s a hero. So, I guess, let’s just say I believe in flawed heroes and heroic villains, and I think he, Loki, is a kind of a heroic villain, in a way.
WOMAN: So, what would you say that Loki’s chasing in his efforts? We haven’t seen the film, but I know he’s trying to basically take down the human race or take down —
TOM HIDDLESTON: He’s chasing power. But the reason he’s chasing power is because, really, he’s chasing self-esteem. Anyone — I think anyone who, um, anyone who feels powerful has no need to reach for it.
And those — those in the world who feel they aren’t powerful, they seem to have no self-love, no self-esteem, are constantly trying to get the power.
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***Disclosure: I’m attending #TheAvengersEvent . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney. Images credit: Disney All opinions are 100% mine.***