With the Blu-ray and DVD of Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ now on release we chat to actor Tom Hiddleston – who plays Loki in the movie – to find out more…
What was the most mischievous thing you did as a child?
Once, my cousin and I thought it would be fun to hide underneath our beds at bath time. We were four or five years old, and we were in the middle of a game, so we didn’t want to sit in the bath. We stayed there for hours, but we decided to come out when my aunt picked up the phone to call the police. I’m generally well behaved now, but that was 25 years ago. That’s the sort of thing you do when you’re five, right?
"Tom is wonderful," she says. "He plays Loki [the god of Mischief] and he’s just an incredible actor who finds so much humor in his evil. He’s also fun to be around, and he and Chris [Hemsworth] have a great rapport with each other. They’ve got sort of a brotherly thing. They really enjoy each other and annoy each other in a loving, joking way. It’s fun to be around.”
Portman has equally kind words to say about Chris, who plays epoymous hero Thor: “He’s really got the best energy. He is so enthusiastic about the work and so sweet to work with and so good.”
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Bruhl – “Rush” George Clooney – “Gravity” Benedict Cumberbatch – “Star Trek Into Darkness” Harrison Ford – “Ender’s Game” Tom Hiddleston – “Thor: The Dark World” Ben Kingsley – “Iron Man 3” Bill Nighy – “About Time”
At his current trajectory, there’s no doubt that Thomas William Hiddleston is on course for greatness, awards and probably medals from nations far and wide. He will probably go on to become a knight of the realm or a demigod to a tribe of discerning cineastes, and if he does, we certainly won’t begrudge him it. His wildly fun turn as Loki in Thor saw him mischief his way to prominence and earn him MVP status in Avengers, alongside franchise lodestar Robert Downey Jr.. But it’s not just his Marvel work or – sorry Tom! – his Empire Sexiest list prominence that’s notable about him. With Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive offering a walk on the wan side, here’s our pick of his other roles to date.
However, the question people are asking is: why does Tom Hiddleston have a plaster on his head? So here are some options
a) We beat Tom around the head with a sterling silver candlestick to make him say nice things about ELLE?
b) Sex game gone wrong?
c) Sex game gone right?
d) Having completed the Donmar theatre Coriolanus run – during which he was suspended upside down and has his throat slit – without suffering bodily harm, he was bending over to pick up his bag and someone opened a door on his head.
The answer: Sadly not c) Or even b) for that matter. It is d)
Tom Hiddleston stepped in to replace Michael Fassbender. What was it about Tom that appealed to you?
‘At first I was at a loss, because I love Michael, but I think there was a reason it became Tom. Michael has a visceral quality, but Tom was able to bring something more cerebral. I’d seen him in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, and I thought: No, that’s not my guy. But I had the chance to meet him in New York and it was incredible. He was so tall and graceful and physically elegant, and he got every reference I threw at him.
‘Over the years, every time this project fell apart I’d call Tilda and she’d say, “It’s good, it means we weren’t ready yet.” We had to wait until we had all the right parts, and Tom was one of them.