Tom Hiddleston: Second question first. I love playing all kinds of roles. I hope it doesn't sound too pretentious, but I always feel human nature is like a piano, and there are 88 keys, and there are some white keys and some black keys, and each character is a different chord on the piano. Basically, I hope that in the course of my life, I will have played all 88 keys. So, I'll have played heroes and villains and princes and kings and warriors and beggars and thieves and lovers and fathers and wizards and all of those things. That is why I'm an actor... I love studying people.
Loki's just a minor chord with a couple of black keys in there. But I loved playing him. I suppose to the first question, my answer to it is that Thor is the god of thunder and Loki is the god of mischief, and his mischief is the thing that I love playing so much — his playfulness combined with his sense of fun. The challenge, of course, is to make him real and vulnerable and complex.
TH: I think Loki's very angry with his father, still. Basically, you find him in the wake of what happened in The Avengers. He is back, and he is in prison, and he is not in a good way. He's been written out of history, condemned to be forgotten — unseen and unheard and haunted by his demons for eternity. He's keeping himself sharp by reading a lot and keeping his mind exercised. He's not great at the long game, but he's very good at improvising. So, he'll always manipulate every situation to his own advantage.
How has he changed? I think he's almost freer in one sense, spiritually. He's more mischievous, he's more fun [and] more provocative. But he's also more damaged, I think, like there is a kind of spiritual vulnerability which is really acute. I feel he hits rock bottom in this film. He is more alone, more lonely, more sad and even angrier.
TH: Working with Chris Hemsworth. There are a couple of scenes where I feel like the two brothers really have a particular chemistry. I also know that my friendship with Chris has infused that relationship. We became very firm and fast friends and now have this amazing adventure together. I think our friendship really infuses the Thor-and-Loki relationship in this film, and that's probably my greatest pride.
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