When Marvel was casting the part of the hammer-happy Avenger Thor, Tom Hiddleston had just arrived in LA and fancied his chances. In an exclusive interview with SciFiNow, he revealed how he almost got the part: “I had a connection to [Thor director] Kenneth Branagh as I had worked with him in the theatre, I’m 6’2” with naturally have blond hair, and Marvel were very keen on having an unknown actor to play Thor, so I knew I had a shot,” he says.
But Thor is a not-so-puny god, and Hiddleston was asked to bulk up for the audition. “I’ve never committed so much to an audition in my life,” he tells SciFiNow. “The guys at Marvel said, ‘Can you put on as much muscle as you can in six weeks?’ I went from 180lbs to 198lbs, and had only 7% body fat. I still have the pictures to prove it.”
At the time he had no idea about the part of Loki, but Marvel President Kevin Feige and director Kenneth Brannagh knew he’d be perfect for the God of Mischief and telephoned him personally to offer him the role. “They said, ‘You’re not going to play Thor, but we’d like to play Loki,'” he says. “Ken assured me at the time, ‘This is the role that I would want to play.’ And it was a gift. I have no regrets about it at all. I have never once thought, ‘I wish I was playing Thor.'”
It’s hard to imagine it any other way, now that he’s become a huge fan favourite, tumblr icon and the ultimate meme magnet. Thor: The Dark World will see Loki form an uneasy alliance with his brother after a new enemy, Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) strikes, attacking Thor (Chris Hemsworth)’s mortal girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
Hiddleston has confirmed that he won’t be appearing in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, so this could be the last we see of Loki for some time. However, the actor confirmed to SciFiNow that he has signed on for 6 movies: “The Dark World is number 3,” he tells SciFiNow, “I don’t know whether we’ll make more. It depends on Kevin [Feige]’s plans.”