×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tom Hiddleston Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and Landing Loki

In a new Variety “Stagecraft” podcast, Tom Hiddleston discusses his recent staging of “Hamlet” under the direction of veteran Shakespeare adapter Kenneth Branagh. Branagh was also the director who gave Hiddleston perhaps his most well-known role to date as God of Mischief Loki in “Thor,” a role he reprised on-screen in “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening this week.

Hiddleston originally auditioned for the title role before being cast as Loki. In fact, the two were appearing in a stage production of “Ivanov” in London the night Branagh revealed he would be directing the movie and Hiddleston let his interest be known. “I ran up to his dressing room with a water cooler, pretending it was a hammer,” reveals Hiddleston. “A sincerely bad joke.”

But even then, Branagh saw potential in Loki. “He did say to me, ‘Well, you never know, but Loki’s the part. If I was an actor, the part I’d want to play is Loki.’”

Speaking before Monday night’s premiere, Hiddleston had yet to see the film — directors Anthony and Joe Russo planned to unspool it for the cast for the first time at the premiere. Asked jokingly for spoilers, Hiddleston said, “The best thing about it is I don’t know, I sincerely don’t know. I didn’t read a real script, I didn’t read a fake script, I didn’t see a script. I haven’t seen the film. All I know is the things that I did on set and I will keep my mouth buttoned. I’m so excited to watch the film. It feels kind of unprecedented. We’ll all see it at the same time.”

Listen to the full podcast below.

More Film

  • WGA West Logo

    WGA Plans March 25 Member Vote on Talent Agency Rules

    Leaders of the Writers Guild of America plan a March 25 vote for members to decide whether to implement tough new restrictions on how Hollywood talent agencies as operate as agents for writer clients. The vote comes as the guild is in the midst of pitched negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents to renew [...]

  • Netflix Buys Chinese Sci-fi Hit 'Wandering

    Netflix Buys Chinese Sci-fi Hit 'Wandering Earth'

    Global streaming giant, Netflix has bought rights to “The Wandering Earth,“ the smash hit film which is pitched as China’s first mainstream sci-fi movie. The film was the sleeper hit of Chinese New Year — it opened in fourth position on Feb. 5 — but climbed to the top spot and has not yet relinquished [...]

  • Michael B. JordanAFI Awards Luncheon, Los

    Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan's Hitman Drama 'Silver Bear' Gets Director

    In today’s film news roundup, Michael B. Jordan’s “The Silver Bear” finds a director, biopic “Running for My Life” is in the works, Fox is using new trailer compliance software and the 14-hour “La Flor” gets distribution. DIRECTOR ATTACHMENT Gerard McMurray, director of “The First Purge,” will write and direct Michael B. Jordan’s thriller “The [...]

  • Kevin Costner Diane Lane

    Kevin Costner, Diane Lane to Reunite in Suspense Thriller 'Let Him Go'

    Focus Features has tapped Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to star as a husband and wife in the suspense thriller “Let Him Go.” The two also collaborated on “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as the parents of Superman. Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) is set to direct his own screenplay, [...]

  • Chris Hemsworth Hulk Hogan

    Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic for Netflix

    Netflix is in the early stages of developing a Hulk Hogan biopic with Chris Hemsworth attached to star as the wrestling legend and produce. Netflix has obtained the exclusive life rights and consulting services from Terry Gene Bollea AKA Hulk Hogan. Todd Phillips, whose credits include “War Dogs” and “The Hangover” trilogy, is attached to [...]

  • Rooftop Films Announces Filmmakers Fund Grant

    Rooftop Films Announces Filmmakers Fund Grant Winners

    Swedish documentary filmmaker Anastasia Kirillova and “Negative Space” co-directors Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter are among the filmmakers who will receive grants from Rooftop Films to help complete their upcoming projects. Kirilova will be awarded $20,000 to finish her film, “In the Shadows of Love,” while collaborators Kuwahata and Porter will receive $10,000 for “Dandelion [...]

  • Jim Gianopulos

    Paramount Chief Jim Gianopulos Unveils Diversity Initiative

    Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has announced that all studio productions will be required to complete a plan to enhance diversity. Wednesday’s reveal follows Paramount’s commitment to participating in Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s 4% Challenge. The name is derived from women having directed only 4% of the country’s top grossing movies [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content