Thor Ragnarok - Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Director Taika Waititi likes a lot of improv. How’s that been for you?

TH: I love it. Taika is extraordinary in his invention. You guys have been on these big movie sets before. There’s so many machine parts, and his quickness and the speed of his invention is really inspiring. With the sort of the weight of this production, he’s able to keep the atmosphere light; to keep it feeling free and playful. Sometimes in the improvisation, you know what the scene’s about, and you just find moments that you could never conceive if they were written down. They have to happen in that moment, and I think they will be fantastic in the film. He can’t include them all, obviously, but you know, you have a go.

Loki failed Thanos. Is that something that becomes a factor in this movie?

TH: I don’t think he would see it that way. They’re called The Avengers for a reason. It’s interesting, in the time since I have played the part, the value and importance of the Infinity Stones has grown within the Marvel universe in a way I didn’t know when I first made that film. It’s been really interesting. While I’ve been off doing other things, whether it’s Crimson Peak or The Night Manager, I would go see the other movies and say, “They keep talking about Loki’s scepter.” Cool! It makes me feel included. It’s been really interesting to see the development of, “Oh, I see, so there’s all these Infinity Stones and da-da-da-da.” I don’t think Loki was ever in on that plan.

Have you had any conversations with Anthony & Joe Russo to know how it’s all gonna play out?

TH: I have. *laughter*

You actually haven’t been Loki in several years. How was it coming back to this defining role in your career after such a long absence? Because on one of my first set visits on the first Thor, no offense, but no one knew who the hell you were. You were this charming British guy, but now you’re Loki.

TH: I wasn’t sure how I was gonna feel until I arrived. There was a new costume design, as there always is. I met Mayes [C. Rubio], who’s amazing, the costume designer, and we put it on. They put the wig on and did a camera test. *laughter* And I just opened my mouth, and then the voice was there. Somehow he’s been part of my subconscious for so long. It’s interesting that he is a little different. Sometimes Taika and I will be looking at playback, and I’m just so much older than I was. *laughter* Not in a depressing way, I hope, but it’s interesting how things read differently, you know? I don’t think I’ll be able to tell, perhaps, until I see it.

Do you pay much attention to the fan reaction to Loki in the movies? Because obviously you did that thing where you essentially ruled Comic-Con…

TH: That may be the most fun I’ve ever had as the character, truthfully.

You’re a rock star.

TH: His grandstanding, theatrical, exuberant arrogance has often been in a space like this, surrounded by blue screen. To play it live for seven thousand people, all of whom started chanting Loki’s name, without me asking, by the way… *laughter* I don’t what that says about us, but it was so much fun. Of course I’ve been aware, I’ve been delighted, amazed, flattered and humbled by the reaction. It’s something I never expected.

Thor Ragnarok - Thor and Loki

Does it make it intimidating at all to come back?

TH: I feel a huge responsibility for it. I feel a huge sense that this a character people care about. It means a lot to me to deliver the character people know and love, but also to try my best to make sure I’m not just putting yesterday’s dinner in the microwave and reheating it; that I’m evolving the character, developing him and inventing new things for people to appreciate, or love to hate, or laugh at. I’m usually the butt of the joke. Let’s face it.

Is it a different kind of responsibility from when you played someone like Hank Williams versus this where it’s a fictional character but a global phenomenon?

TH: Yeah, good question. I suppose the difference is that I feel, at least pride of co-authorship of the movie version of Loki as something that came out of me. And playing Hank was areal sense of being true to the man, and his life, and his legacy, and the impact he made on music.

But at the same time, I have to find the truth of that character inside myself, be it Hank or Loki. Neither of them are mine. They’re not me, but they are me. It’s a roundabout complex answer but maybe there’s more freedom with Loki because he’s fictional. It’s a different kind of responsibility when you’re dealing with a real character who has a family, and grandchildren. There’s some extra responsibility there.

We were told that after spending time with Tony Stark on Earth that Thor has learned about sarcasm and irony, and he’s gotten funnier. Does it piss Loki off that Thor is no longer the meathead brother anymore?

TH: This is very funny.  I can talk about this because it’s already gone online. When we go down to Earth, of course Thor is dressed in a T-shirt and jeans. Loki is dressed in a beautiful black, single breasted suit, because he’s stylish. There’s a moment where they bump into two girls on the street, and they are big Avengers fans, and they wanna take a selfie. *laughter* Loki thinks this is all extremely childish and uninteresting and dull. He’s like, “Oh, great, I have to deal with my brother’s fans now.” Which I think his superiority is funny there.

Does anybody recognize him as the one who almost destroyed their family?

TH: Yeah, yeah. I’m trying to remember if there was a – I don’t know, perhaps it was because he wasn’t wearing the horns.

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That’s all from our set visit interview with Tom Hiddleston. Be sure to check out our full interviews with director Taika Waititi right here and another one with star Chris Hemsworth over here. Plus, if you want to know even more about Thor: Ragnarok, read our full set visit report.

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