Tom Hiddleston recalls how he took inspiration from Alan Rickman, James Mason to play Loki

Apr16,2024


Tom Hiddleston in a scene from 'Loki';  in 2015

Tom Hiddleston in a scene from 'Loki'; File photo of actor Alan Rickman at the premiere of “A Little Chaos” in 2015; And James Mason as Philip Vandam in a scene from 'North by Northwest' Photo Credit: Disney and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP and MGM

More than a decade later, Tom Hiddleston rose to fame playing Loki in the 2011 film thorThe actor has recalled that to portray Marvel's mischievous deity, he had to turn to strange film personalities for inspiration.

Hiddleston discussed how he prepared to play the legendary role, which included researching Alan Rickman's famous performance as Hans Gruber in the 1988 film. die Hard, He says he also investigated Philip Vandam, James Mason's lead detective in the classic 1959 thriller. North by Northwest,

Hiddleston said, “Those characters are all about control and revenge.” He added, “I probably would have loved those shows as a kid. …I was so attracted to those shows because I thought they were having such a good time playing these adversaries. And that fascination He was so charismatic, even though he wasn't at the center of those movies,” Hiddleston said. People,

While Loki was not a major character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thor Or the Avengers movies, when their spin-off show began the spotlight shifted to the clever trickster bottle gourdPremieres on Disney+ in June 2021.

The antihero's epic journey through space and time over two seasons, played effectively by Hiddleston, helped popularize and even endear Loki to many fans.

In Season 2, which starred Ke Hui Kwan, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sophia Di Martino, Loki becomes a living temporal loom to preserve different timelines. His decision marks the end of a surprising transformation for Loki, from selfish and self-absorbed to someone willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe.

“That was the basis of the season that I started writing, and seeing everything culminate in that and Tom, just bringing every last bit of emotion into it, it made everything [worthwhile]” said executive producer and writer Eric Martin.

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