A Cringe Worthy Audition
Tom Hiddleston, who is currently starring in Broadway's Betrayal stopped by The Tonight Show to talk to Jimmy Fallon and to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the upcoming Disney+ show starring Hiddleston as the beloved trickster, Loki.
While he was in the chair, Hiddleston opened up about how he originally auditioned to play Thor. And there's footage. Hiddleston explained that he was originally hoping to play the God of Thunder.
"Basically, at the time, they were looking for sort of less well established actors so that the audience didn’t have an association. They just wanted people to see these new characters, these new actors. And the ream it was, if you’re over six foot and you’ve got blonde hair, you can come and have a pop at it. So, I never auditioned for Loki. I only ever auditioned for Thor, which is nuts."
It All Worked Out In The End
The video is... more than a little cringe, and Hiddleston knows it. After the footage rolled, he offered up a humble "Thank you very much. You really are too kind. I think we can all agree that they cast the right actor." It's hard to argue with Chris Hemsworth's perfection as Asgard's mightiest.
There are few actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe quite as rabidly beloved as Tom Hiddleston is by the fans, and his Loki is widely viewed as one of the great modern villains.
What To Expect From The Show
Although Loki won't hit Disney+ until 2021, Hiddleston isn't shy about hyping the series up. Sure, he can't reveal anything substantial, but he isn't above a vague tease. He explained in a recent interview,
"I knew [about Loki] about six weeks before the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War, which meant I had to go and do press for Avengers: Infinity War going, ‘Yup, that’s it, guys.' But I didn’t know what the pitch, the story was.
Now, fortunately, there’s a lot more that he can spill. “I can share this with you that working with them on what it’s going to be, what the content’s going to be. What the meat and potatoes of the story’s going to be. The tone, the context, the different challenges. It’s so exciting."
He Loves Playing Loki
Hiddleston has been playing Loki for the better part of a decade now, and honestly, even he's a little surprised that the role has had such a long life.
"It is a source of constant surprise to me that I'm still here. I never expected that when I started playing him. I feel a huge responsibility to deliver the character people know, even though it's been four years since I last played him, and also to try to take him in new directions. I've spent six or seven years of my life trying to get to the bottom of what exactly it is that he wants. When he seems to get close to what he wants - power, acceptance, belonging - he changes direction. I think that is the thing that keeps him interesting in a way. He's cunning and transformative and changeable, and will do everything he can to survive. He's the trickster. He's the God of mischief."
Will you be checking out Loki when it hits Disney+?