Tom spoke with EW about the state of cinematic villainy — why we love bad guys, why these villains are bigger than ever, and whether he believes himself to be evil at heart…
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Simple question: why do we love characters we hate?
TOM HIDDLESTON Well, that is the eternal question. There is this old phrase that “the devil plays all the best tunes.” There is a kind of freedom to being bad, an embracing of one’s most rebellious instincts. The idea that essentially order and chaos exist inside every human being and mostly – rightly — we behave ourselves. When you play a bad guy, you sort of cut loose from that sense of propriety.
Is it more interesting to play a noble character or a cruel one?
I think most actors see acting as a kind of 3-D psychology, the study of people, the study of human nature. We find motivations and people’s emotional and psychological makeup to be fascinating, I know I do. Villains are challenging because they provide such fascinating case studies. You’re presented with a villain and the first question is – “What do they want? Why are they villainous?” So in Loki’s case, that answer is complex. He has a broken heart. He is grief stricken, bitter, lonely, sad, angry, ambitious, jealous and proud — and yet, he has a charm and a playfulness and a mischief. It’s a combination of factors I think. It’s that surface charm, that surface playfulness I think is appealing.
Over the past couple of weeks, Tom has attended several premieres of Thor: The Dark World around the globe. We’ve updated our photo gallery with images of the events in London, Paris, Germany and Los Angeles. Thanks to Nicole for helping us out!
On November 1st, Tom appeared on the british show Chatty Man to promote his upcoming film, Thor: The Dark World. The following video includes dancing! Watch it below:
Tom made an appearance on Good Morning America last week to promote Thor: The Dark World, watch the video below:
Thor: The Dark World hits theaters this week, and now Comedy Central has made a video featuring our beloved Tom as Thor’s fraternal nemesis Loki. The short clip finds the trickster god having a frank exchange of ideas with some adorable children. The spot debuts tomorrow, but you can watch it in all its cute-kid-despising glory below:
Swinging by Chelsea Lately last night, Tom spilled to Chelsea Handler about how he was once in the running to play the titular hammer-wielding hero in 2011′s Thor before being tapped to play Thor’s adopted brother turned arch-enemy, Loki. Watch the video below:
I’ve updated the gallery with two new HQ stills from ‘Thor: The Dark World’. Enjoy!
The newest trailer for Thor: The Dark World has hit YouTube as a part of YouTube’s geek week. The second Thor film hit’s theaters this November. Check out the brand new trailer below:
Marvel recently unveiled new movie posters for ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Captain America’ ahead of this week’s San Diego Comic-Con with the the poster featuring concept art by Charlie Wen. With thanks to Digital Spy, I’ve added the poster for ‘Thor: The Dark World’ to the gallery. Tom can be seen on the right.