Now that he’s locked into play the villain in Kenneth Branagh’s crack at Marvel’s Thor, Tom Hiddleston is preparing to shoot the movie in January.
Chatting with the Mail’s Baz Bamingboye, Hiddleston revealed how he and the director see the character and what he’s doing to get ready.
No surprises for guessing the theatre types are going the Bard route… “Loki's like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier,' says the actor.
“Loki's skilled in black magic and sorcery. He's a shape-shifter and has all sorts of super powers from the dark arts. He can turn clouds into dragons, things like that.” Which should help him in plotting against the beefed up superhero that, despite no official confirmation, looks set to be played by Star Trek’s Chris Hemsworth.
Loki, however, won’t be as buff as some of his comic book portrayals (below).
“Ken wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can't be imposing as Thor.”
Also talking up the film was the movie’s co-writer, Ashley Miller, who blabbed about the tone the film will take.
“Thor is a comic book film in that it's based on the Marvel conception of the character as super-hero. But there are definitely some big fantasy elements working behind that.
“He is the God of Thunder, after all. It's hard to approach the character without both of those things informing the work.”
Plus there’s the issue of fitting him into the more realistic universe (well, as much as possible as you can get in comic books) that Marvel is aiming for with its other films.
“Thor’s powers are godly, yes. And his zip code is a little different. But at the end of the day, he's a man. In the comics, Odin sends him to Earth because he's not perfect. He's brash, arrogant. Even over-confident. We all know that guy - some of us have even been that guy.
“As for realism, I have to ask: what does that mean? If the standard is, does he throw his back out if he hurls the hammer a little too hard... probably not. He's a god.
“He's incredibly strong. He can fly. He tosses lightning bolts. There's nothing realistic about any of that. But he also bleeds. He struggles. Life kicks him where it hurts the most. Dramatically speaking, the powers and Asgard are gravy. The meat - and what makes it a Marvel movie - is the character.”
He’s talking the talk – let’s see if the script can walk…
[Source: Mail Online/CineFools]
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