[Movies] Tom Hiddleston Says Loki Is Damaged in Thor: The Dark World Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.19.2013
He may not be able to get past his destructive urges...
Tom Hiddleson recently spoke with IGN about Loki's arc in Thor: The Dark World and more. Check out the highlights:
On whether Loki can ever get past the desire for the crown: "Loki? I don't know. I think the thing is, where we find him now in the development of the character and the films, he and Hal [from Henry IV and Henry V] diverged long ago. Hal decided to take responsibility, and Loki decided not to. But it's almost like he could have become a responsible soul and a responsible prince -- but he doesn't. It's funny, because I actually think in Kenneth Branagh's Thor film, I think both Thor and Loki are Prince Hal at one point. They are two princes who are wrestling with an authoritarian father who is a king, who happens to be King of the Universe, not the King of England. Both characters in their own way rebel against his authority, and then they both have different responses to him. But Loki now, I feel like he's tried to sever his connection from even caring in the end. Of course, like any psychologist will tell you, that's just a symptom of the deepest, deepest damage and hurt...we actually talked about this a lot with Alan Taylor, Chris and I talked about it. Chris had seen a documentary on some of the most dangerous criminals in the world and the psychology of how you get to that. It's just that the damage has been buried so deep, and the misanthropy and the desire to destroy has just taken over. There is no safety catch anymore. Whatever it was that was holding your brain together to keep it civilized has snapped, and he's embraced a kind of wildness."
On whether the footage at Comic-Con which reveals Loki's motivations was too much: "I couldn't possibly tell you. But I would say be very careful with your suppositions. People are so quick to jump. That's what I love about playing the character. People are so quick to draw conclusions about who he is. The whole thing about Loki is that he's dancing on this liminal line between redemption and destruction. Just be very careful about drawing conclusions based on what you see."