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'The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston on 'Thor 2' and Being the Bad Guy

PARADE Modified: May 4, 2012 at 9:16 am •  Published: May 3, 2012
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In 2011's Thor, Tom Hiddleston was a scene-stealer as Thor's bad apple brother Loki. With his bravado and gleaming sneer, his cunning wit proved formidable for his fellow demigod's brawn.


Meet 'The Avengers'


For The Avengers, Loki takes his scheming to new heights. Though his goal isn't the most original (i.e. world domination!), he does it with flair...and a great head of hair.

Hiddleston talks about Loki's future and why he wants Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow to give him a call.

Which Avenger Are You?

On Loki's Hair.
"In Thor, that was my own hair. I grew it out. But I have naturally curly, blonde hair, so I'll never look like that. By the time I got to The Avengers, I had come off two other films, which required me to have it very short. So I dyed it again and it was long enough to use a part of my hairline but the rest of it was a wig. It was kind of like extensions really so I couldn't have rocked it off-screen."

On Loki's sneer.
"It was an organic thing. Loki is arrogant, proud, vain, pompous and smug but underneath all of that are reservoirs of pain, lack of self-esteem, and emotional sadness. When people don't like themselves very much, they have to make up for it. The classic bully was actually a victim first. I never thought about Loki's swagger so it evolved from his vanity."

On the costume.
"When I first looked in the mirror I remember thinking how I looked so menacing. I looked terrifying. Mercifully that's not what greets me every morning. They make my eyes look sunken and they hollowed out the pits of my eyes. My jawline was more defined. With black hair and pale skin, my blue eyes suddenly look kind of creepy and alien almost. Just knowing that was the silhouette walking onto the set, it makes you feel different. Wearing 40 pounds of leather and metal makes you feel like a bad ass."

On Thor 2.
"He was a prince who loved his brother and I hope we get back to that since he started that way. I think that's the most fascinating aspect of him. He's constantly treading on this tightrope of redemption. In Avengers, he has really yielded to the dark side but hopefully down the line there is a possibility of redemption. The question is can he be forgiven by Thor? Can he accept that forgiveness? Can he forgive himself and does he want to? And even in the event of that reconciliation, is that the last of the god of mischief? The mythology of the character is that you can never quite trust him."

His funny bone.
"I am desperate to do a comedy now. If Judd Apatow wants to give me a call, I would love to. I love those movies. It's nice to flex the funny bone."









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