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October 18, 2013:Tom Hiddleston, Alan Taylor, and Kevin Feige visited the Apple Store on Regent's Street in London for a Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session. Meet the Filmmaker is an Apple podcast that brings you insights from stars, writers, directors,and producers. The event was hosted by Empire's Chris Hewitt.
As always, I highlighted some of the best quotes.
(3:00) Do you see Loki as a bad guy: I see Loki as an anti-hero. The great joy of playing him is inhabiting mischief as a shape or mood, to be so perpetually playful and to enjoy teasing. He's a character who leans into danger. He exists for chaos, to provoke it, to respond to it. But also it comes from a very broken heart. The two things are really fun to play.
(9:40) Tom talking about the differences between Loki in Thor: The Dark World vs the other films: He's broken, entirely. There is a scene in the middle of the first film where a young man is informed that the narrative of his entire life is lie. That to me is a cornerstone of the entire characterization. It's the scene between Odin and Loki where he finds out he doesn't belong in that family. It's very emotional and it's the beginning of his isolation. From that moment all the way through to this moment he is a solitary figure existing entirely on his own metal, for his own ends. All of his villainy comes from a sense of having been betrayed, a jealousy, a pride and anger, a vengefulness... To me it was just so important to break him in a way, to take him all the way down. Because otherwise he would continue on the same trajectory.
(15:00) Tom talks about auditioning to play Thor: I can't imagine that universe anymore (with his as Thor)... I was only ever Thor for a very short period of time and that was even before the character was clearly written on the page. I auditioned for Thor in an American accent. I put on twenty pounds (of muscle)... The truth is I just can't imagine it. Chris is the only Thor now. He's absolutely definitive. And I love playing Loki, I love it. I've never had an experience like it in my life. He's such a complex character. He's so fun to play. It's a stretch in a different direction.
(22:40) Could you ever imagine that Loki would be more popular than Thor? No, it's all be completely beyond my wildest expectations. Truly. I still feel so grateful to people that find the character interesting.
(26:30) What's a moment that's defined your life or changed it? Life is so random and it's only in retrospect that you can spot the moments that changed it. Life is a random sequence of events and you can only trace a linear meaning through it when you look back. You make the best choices you can in the moment... My sister was reading a book this morning which she texted me about, about the formation of the brain. It seems random but basically she was saying that the part of your brain which regulates emotion and learns discipline and basically locks down immaturity is at it's most active between 18 and 23. So she was saying is at that point most people are at University or College therefore University is neurologically formative. So I would say that getting into Cambridge University has changed my life.
(28:14) A fan asks Tom to multiply 240 x 6. He actually manages it pretty well.
(28:50) Which part of mythology is your Loki closest to? I was in Australia recently with the film and somebody wanted me to sign their copy of the Prose Edda in Icelandic, the very first of Loki's occurrence in popular consciousness. It something like Loki was the first deceiver, the shapeshifter, and the worst of all gods.
Some bts pictures posted by Marvel UK.
There's a fun moment where a fan gives Tom Thor Bear and Tom reads a pocket Othello novel to it.
Tom Hiddleston was wearing his charcoal, speckled suit first scene at the PBS TCA event.