Tom Hiddleston: “I’ve always thought of acting as kind of a three-dimensional anthropology”

tom-hiddleston-lokiI’ve been a fan of comic books as long as I can remember (I pretty much learned how to read from Batman comics) and I can’t think of any actor — past or present — who could be any better as Thor’s brother/nemesis Loki as Tom Hiddleston.  He’s just so damn good in the role that I’m a little disappointed that he won’t be the big bad in Avengers 2.  However, I’m just as excited to see Hiddleston take on other roles… especially if they’re villainous. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hiddleston explains what is about him as actor that connects so well with bad guys.

Hiddleston starts by pointing out, “I think villains, really great villains, are always the most complex.  Because in their heart, there is always some kind of deeply complicated psychology that you need to unpack and un-knit and understand.”

As it turns out, Hiddleston will be doing the voice for an even more famous villain, Captain James Hook, in the upcoming Disney animated Tinker Bell movie The Pirate Fairy.  The film will explore Hook’s origins, and Hiddleston explains that he sees Hook’s transformation from cabin boy to commander as an example of that deep psychological transformation, saying,  “I’ve always thought of acting as kind of a three-dimensional anthropology. It is the study of human nature in some regard. Like psychologists will give lectures and people will write books, but actors do the same sort of digging around when they’re allowed to and they present their findings in their characters, and each character is different, but it seems to me that ‘villains’ — and I put that word in inverted commas — they are just the most complex. They have the most complicated motivations. They have, quite often, quite broken personalities. The fun is digging around in why.”

Of course, Loki and Captain Hook aside, let’s not pretend Hiddleston has only played villains.  He points to his memorable role in Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris as an example, noting, “I’ve played a few heroes as well — well, not heroes, but like … good guys. I don’t think F. Scott Fitzgerald had any world-destroying ambitions.”  Then again, or did he? 

Leave a Reply
Matthew McConaughey Reveals How He Came Up With His Catchphrase, ‘Alright, alright, alright!’
"My character, David Wooderson, he has three lines in the entire film. Alright, but one of those lines is what I like to call a launch pad line." - Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Jason Leigh on ‘The Hateful Eight’, Quentin Tarantino and Playing People in “Extreme Circumstances”
Jennifer Jason Leigh: "I think that's an incredible thing that we can do as actors—to feel empathy toward someone that you may otherwise detest, you know?”
Ian McKellen on Working with Child Actors and How He Transitioned from a Stage Actor to a Screen Actor
"And I think when I decided to become professional, my only aim, really, was to get better as an actor." - Ian McKellen
New ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Star Tyler Lea on Taking Over from a Tony Award Winner
"I haven't done a whole lot. This is my first huge thing. This is my first bite. I was waiting it out and then I caught a really, really big fish." - Tyler Lea
Master of None’s Noël Wells Talks Positive Attitudes and Having Nothing To Lose
Noel Wells starring role alongside Aziz Ansari in his Netflix series, Master of None, has audiences in stitches
// BLOCK AD BLOCK SNIPPET Place this code snippet near the footer of your page before the close of the /body tag