Avengers Assemble: Tom Hiddleston Interview

How much training did you undertake for the role?

“I started training about two months ahead of the film shoot, but that continued while we were filming, too. I couldn’t bulk up, but it was important to me that Loki had a lean flexibility, so I ran and I ran. I’m a runner anyway and I’m used to getting up in the morning. I would be called for hair and makeup at 5am, so I’d get up at 3.30am, run for 45 minutes, do circuit training and then do a whole day shooting before going to bed, getting up, and doing it all again.”

What time did you have to go to bed?

“Hopefully by 8pm, but sometimes it was later than that. It was fine. To be honest, it was great to be part of the project.”

Did you find yourself taking Loki home with you at night?

“Thankfully, I wasn’t taking him home at the end of the day. I could leave Loki behind, which was great because I could relax and unwind away from the set. We had a really amazing atmosphere during the film shoot.”

What was the makeup process like for Loki?

“I had to go through two hours of hair and make-up every morning, which was a little testing at times. I had dyed my hair black and it was a certain length, but it wasn’t as long as it needed to be. It took an hour to put on the wig and add in the extensions, and then the costume itself took about 45 minutes to get on. I needed assistance with it because there were so many belts, buckles and bootstraps.”

How did you feel when the process was completed each day?

“I thought it looked amazing. It’s one of those things where the external silhouette of the character does so much of the job for me. The costume that Loki wears, the way he looks, the fact that he’s pale and has these sunken eyes and long black hair… He looks menacing. My eyes are naturally green and blue because I’m fair skinned and blond – but when I’ve got black hair and pale skin, suddenly my eyes look really creepy. When you’re breathing life into a very different kind of character it’s helpful to know that you look very different. But the costume was also great, especially when you’re fighting in it. It was so heavy and hot that it felt like I was fighting in a diving bell! It was intense, but great and it looked amazing, so it was all worth it.”

Do you think you came off worst when it comes to your costume?

“Everyone in the cast had their own challenges with the costumes, but if you sign up to play a superhero, you know you’re going to have a specific outfit and you know it’s going to be a challenge at some point. Alex Byrne is a brilliant costume designer. Everyone looks iconic in the movie, and Alex was so open to making the costumes work for the actors. She wanted to ensure that you could fight in it, breathe in it and also take it off at lunchtime. There’s a high risk that superheroes can look ridiculous, but Alex made us all look amazing.”

Were you into superheroes when you were growing up?

“As a kid, I loved Superman. For me, Christopher Reeve as Superman was the first superhero. I sat smack-bang in the middle of the audience for that movie. I was the right age at the right time, and I spent a lot of my childhood playing Superman games in the playground.”

So what superhero power would you most like to have in real life?

“I would love to have invisibility. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to be able to walk around and not be seen? You could listen into everything and look around. It would be a huge freedom to not be seen.”

Where would you go with your invisibility?

“I would go and find out the truth about things I don’t know about. I would want to go and sit in 10 Downing Street and the White House to listen to what they really say and what they really know. And then I would want to go around and play jokes on people that I know. That would be fantastic!”