Tom Hiddleston on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. These photos have probably been around for a while but it’s fun to see them all together. Bonus black-and-white pics, duck-face and sticking-tongue poses very nice.
Tom Hiddleston on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. These photos have probably been around for a while but it’s fun to see them all together. Bonus black-and-white pics, duck-face and sticking-tongue poses very nice.
Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, in Brisbane, Australia, 22nd August 2016.
credit to TomHiddleston.us
The acclaimed star of the upcoming Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light dishes on that big miniseries moment, whether Loki is hanging up his helmet, and his huge King Kong flick
Tom Hiddleston on His Bond Moment in ‘The Night Manager’ Finale and Loki’s Future
The acclaimed star of the upcoming Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light dishes on that big miniseries moment, whether Loki is hanging up his helmet, and his huge King Kong flick.
Tom Hiddleston is a busy, busy man—so busy, in fact, that he’s barely able to squeeze in a proper meal. You see, the talented British actor is promoting a trio of projects: the upcoming John le Carré-adapted miniseries The Night Manager, Ben Wheatley’s gleefully anarchic head trip High-Rise, and the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. We’ve convened at The Smith, a cozy restaurant in Lower Manhattan, primarily to discuss the latter film (our full interview will run later this week).
Interestingly enough, the eatery is around the corner from Webster Hall, a concert venue set to play host to a hotly anticipated reunion show by LCD Soundsystem. And at said LCD show later that evening, Hiddleston’s best mate, Benedict Cumberbatch, could be seen dancing his heart out like no one was watching. When I mention the night’s festivities, Hiddleston’s face lights up.
“Oh, I love them!” he says of LCD Soundsystem. The actor reveals there was, at one point, a trailer for High-Rise set to the band’s tune “Great Release” that they were fiddling around with, and that Hiddleston marveled over.
While New Yorkers are going batty over the LCD shows, those across the pond were glued to their couches taking in the season finale of The Night Manager, which aired on the BBC in the U.K. and debuts April 19 on AMC stateside. And the Internet took a fascination with one scene in particular during the finale, wherein Hiddleston, dressed to the nines in a bespoke suit, gestures to the bartender and utters, “Excuse me, sir. Could I have a vodka martini, please?”
The reason it caught fans’ attention is that Hiddleston’s emerged as a top contender for the role of James Bond/Agent 007, and fed the flames by recently voicing his interest to The Sunday Times: “I simply love the theme tune, the tropes, and the mythology,” he said. “I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity.”
When I mention the Bond-inspired Night Manager sequence to Hiddleston, he chuckles. “Oh, right! Yeah! Honestly, I didn’t think about it as I said it,” he says. “I can’t remember if it was in the script or I improvised it. I’m pretty sure I improvised it though because, actually, [co-star] Hugh Laurie really loves a vodka martini. So I was just in that mode.”
Meanwhile, Hiddleston’s Thor co-star, Idris Elba, is the prohibitive frontrunner to succeed Daniel Craig as Bond. In late 2014, The Daily Beast unearthed an email from the Sony hack via then-studio head Amy Pascal that read, “Idris should be the next bond.”
So, do Tom and Idris joke about the Bond rumor-mill insanity?
“I know, right? We should,” jokes Hiddleston, mimicking the would-be call. “What the hell is going on?” He laughs. “Honestly, I have no control over it.”
In The Night Manager, a globe-trotting espionage-thriller, Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, an ex-British soldier who’s recruited by an intelligence operative to investigate a potential conspiracy involving U.S. and U.K. government involvement in the global arms trade. Pine must cozy up to international arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and his fetching girlfriend, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).
“Hugh Laurie used to say that John le Carré’s writing is like Harris Tweed, which is to say it’s so finely stitched that it doesn’t look like anything else, and it holds together. It’s not cheap,” says Hiddleston, beaming with pride over the show. “It’s pretty great that in the age of box sets and Netflix, to still have it be [a TV event]. I’m so happy to hear that people have set their watches and rushed back early to tune in.”
While Hiddleston grew up consuming miniseries like Prime Suspect, Poirot, and Inspector Morse, one of his early career breaks came when he starred opposite Kenneth Branagh in the show Wallander. Eventually, Branagh would cast Hiddleston as the villain Loki in the Marvel superhero epic Thor, changing his life forever. The third (and final?) film in the franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, is due in theaters on Nov. 3, 2017, and will begin filming in June.
“Thor 3 will be cool because I’ve not done it for four years,” says Hiddleston. “I love working with Chris [Hemsworth]. This will be my last time out of the gate.”
Wait… So you’re not going to pop up in Avengers: Infinity War?
“I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know,” he says with a shrug. “They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along.”
One mega-movie that’s definitely in the cards is Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it’s the second film in the Godzilla-King Kong shared universe (after Godzilla), and will be followed by the crossover Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. Hiddleston just wrapped filming on Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017. In it, he plays a swashbuckling hero opposite Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Toby Kebbell as mo-cap Kong. The film is reportedly set in 1970s Detroit.
“It’s cool, it’s gonna be new this time,” says Hiddleston. “Kong was a change, to play a heroic protagonist—having never really played that role before—in a massive movie. And Jordan’s vision for it is really unique: completely different time period, different story, and Kong like you’ve never seen him before. There is no young movie actress, there is no film director. It’s a re-imagining of it.”
“There’s a little extra social commentary, but it feels fresh,” he adds. “The myth behind it is more about the necessity of man’s humility in the face of nature. We keep thinking we can build a better world than nature. I’m not sure that we can.”
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is an upcoming action-adventure and fantasy film directed by Taika Waititi. The director teased that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk will play important roles in the new sequel.
According to Den of Geek, Waititi admitted that Tom Hiddleston’s prince of mischief will play a key role in the new film. He said that although Loki will have a big part, he wants to make sure that this does not compete from the actual god of thunder himself.
According to IGN, Waititi explained that Ruffalo’s re-appearance in the MCU will play an important part in the unfolding of events in his new film.
He said, “It’s interesting, because at the moment, there’s a big conversation that’s happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be [verbal/conscious… I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what’s going to come up in future movies. So I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer.”
Meanwhile, Ruffalo hinted that ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ will focus on Hulk’s relationship with Thor. According to Gamespot, Ruffalo described it to be a “buddy comedy” reminiscent of Robert De Niro’s 1988 film ‘Midnight Run’. He said, “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner. It’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”
Looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok? Us too. With Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo reuniting, Tom Hiddleston returning to the MCU and the terrific What We Do In The Shadows’ Taika Waititi overseeing it all, there’s a lot to get excited about. Even more, now Ruffalo has likened the third Thor outing to a classic odd-couple road movie. Only, you know, across the Nine Realms.
“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro,” Ruffalo told Empire. “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner.” So is it a road movie? “It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading,” he says, adding cryptically: “It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”
The actor, currently promoting his Oscar-nominated drama, Spotlight, stressed that he hasn’t yet read the script, “but this is what we’re talking about” in early discussions. The film, he revealed, will be shot in Sydney.
If it’s too much to hope for Thor and Hulk pulling the Litmus configuration in an Alfheim diner, Ruffalo, intriguingly, hinted that his on-screen chemistry with his co-star has helped steer Marvel towards a more comic direction for Thor 3. “I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it’s not an accident that we’ve been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off. The fact that we’re moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship.” And Banner will be heading to Asgard. “[Am I looking forward to that?] Hells, yeah.”
Stephany Folsom was hired back in December to work on a fresh draft of the script that previously had Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and Marvel exec Craig Kyle’s stamp. The movie is scheduled for a UK release on October 27, 2017.
After new Thor and Alien movies, King Kong is headed to Australia.
The Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures movie Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, will shoot partly in Queensland early next year, with pre-production starting this month.
The agency’s chief executive officer Tracey Vieira said the movie would also shoot in two other international territories.
It is the third Hollywood movie to be announced to shoot in Australia in the past week, with Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi to shoot in Queensland and Ridley Scott’s next Alien installment expected to shoot in Sydney.
“Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline including Thor: Ragnarok, [Australian director Kimble Rendall’s spider horror movie] The Nest 3D and [Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s shark thriller] The Shallows highlights that our filmmaking capabilities, spectacular and diverse locations, internationally-renowned crew and world-class facilities act as major draw cards,” Vieira said.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for the 2013 coming-of-age drama The Kings Of Summer and Funny Or Die Presents, Kong: Skull Island promises to “fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”
According to Deadline Hollywood, it is the King Kong origin story that Legendary recently moved from Universal to Warner Bros to launch a new franchise that will see the giant ape share the stage with Godzilla in a future installment.
Palaszczuk said the movie would spend more than $15 million in the state – the minimum required to secure the 16.5 per cent tax offset for international productions – and create 60 local jobs.
The cast also includes Brie Larson and John Goodman, with movie scheduled to open in 3D and IMAX 3D in March 2017.
As well as Kong, Hiddleston is also down to return as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.
Other filming on the movie is taking place in Hawaii, including Kualoa Ranch and Dillingham Ranch in Oahu.
King Kong has appeared regularly on screen since Fay Wray captivated “the eighth wonder of the world” in 1933.
Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges starred in a 1976 remake and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version starred Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.
In 1962, Japan’s Toho Studios made King Kong vs Godzilla, a forerunner to the Hollywood movie featuring the two giant creatures that is expected to reach cinemas in 2020.
Marvel Studios has found its director for the third Thor film, and it’s a bit of an unlikely choice. Per The Wrap, Flight of the Conchords director Taika Waititi is in negotiations to take the helm of Thor: Ragnarok. The filmmaker is a veteran of television, having directed episodes of the popular HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords as well as The Inbetweeners. Most recently, however, he helmed the vampire mockumentary feature What We Do in the Shadows, which has become a bit of a cult hit following its release earlier this year.
Plot details for Thor: Ragnarok are under wraps, but the subtitle refers to a world-ending event in the comic book, meaning stakes are about to be raised substantially when we return to Asgard. As Ragnarok is the final Marvel Studios movie before Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1, Waititi no doubt has a major responsibility in setting up the next Avengers sequel. Chris Hemsworth will reprise his title role of Thor, and Tom Hiddleston is confirmed to return as Loki. It’s unclear who’s writing the script, but Waititi is an experienced screenwriter and most recently penned Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana, so it’s possible he could lend a hand.So with a director set, Thor: Ragnarok is now on track to begin production sometime next year in anticipation of its November 2017 release date. For a refresher, peruse all of Marvel’s upcoming calendar below, or click here for our database of superhero movie release dates.
The screaming fans usually pressed up against barricades along the red carpets of the Toronto Film Festival have had a Benedict Cumberbatch–size hole to fill this year. Lucky for them, another dashing Brit, Tom Hiddleston, who happens to be Cumberbatch’s BFF, had two movies premiering here. (And he was announced as the star of King Kong: Skull Island the day after this interview.)
Up first was the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, in which Hiddleston tries on an Alabama accent and yodels and strums his way
through the honky-tonk singer’s greatest hits in such convincing fashion that the audience at my screening would often burst into applause at the end of songs. Then came the premiere of High-Rise, a gonzo adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 dystopian sci-fi novel from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), in which the residents of an ultramodern, luxury high-rise start ignoring societal rules and descend into orgiastic chaos. I am happy to report that both movies involve Hiddleston getting very naked and having very sexy sex (with Elizabeth Olsen in Light and Sienna Miller in High-Rise). We caught up with him amid the festival madness to talk orgies, whether he misses Marvel villainhood, and why it was important to show his butt in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.
So, High-Rise: Whoa. Had you seen it before watching at the premiere?
I’d seen it once finished, about three weeks ago. I mean, I knew it was going to deliver that kind of experience. I knew when I read the script, and again when we were shooting it, that it was going to have a playful, provocative element to it. What did you think?
It was batshit. I’m still trying to process. I loved how in the Q&A, director Ben Wheatley said whether you find the movie brilliant or appalling “depends on where you stand on orgies.”
What’s my stance on orgies? Listen, if it floats your boat, who am I to stand in judgment? I’ve never been in any real-life context like some of those. I think [author J.G.] Ballard was always, particularly with High-Rise, fascinated by extremity, and what happens to human beings in the most physically and psychologically extreme situations — that actually the mask of civilization is a thin veneer. We’re only one sort of neighborly argument away from all-out chaos and murder, and descent of sort of going back to the jungle. I really think he was just quite rigorous about always taking it to its end point. He never stopped at the boundaries of good taste.
I mean, the opening line of Ballard’s novel is, “Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the usual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” So you’ve got him eating a dog and immediately kind of pushing the sympathies of his readership, saying, “This is what you signed up for.”
What was that shoot like? Did it devolve into chaos, too?
Weirdly, it felt quite contained, but in the best way. It had to be. The way the film was structured, we all shot from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and it was quite rigorously controlled. We never went over because Ben needed to save the money for the visual-effects shots of the exterior of the building. So it was, for an actor, a strangely regular day job. We would turn up and go mad, and then pack up and go home.
And be covered and dirt and blood.
Yeah, to shoot it was enormous fun because there were so many parties where it was about lack of inhibition and dancing and being mischievous. It felt like a very mischievous set. And so any things we came up with on the hoof, you know? We knew Laing and Royal had to play squash. We didn’t quite know how we were going to shoot it until we spent a day in a squash court, and I love that scene. You never see that. You sort of never see that stage.
Did you party after the 6 p.m. end of day?
No. [Laughs.] We had very sedate dinners. We shot it in a town called Bangor in northern Ireland, which is by the sea, this very beautiful northern Irish seaside town where they do fish and chips and Scotch eggs, so we would wash off the blood and the paint and the soot and the dust, and go and have a quiet piece of fish and a glass of wine, and get to bed and get ready for the next round the next day.
Between High-Rise, I Saw the Light, and the Crimson Peak trailer, I’ve seen your butt three times in the last couple of days.
Wow. I apologize unreservedly.
Do you have any qualms about doing nudity?
I don’t, particularly. If it’s justified in the storytelling, I absolutely have no problem with it. That’s sort of my condition, if I can see where it fits into the story. In fact, in Crimson Peak, I really pitched for that scene because it’s about the twin energies of sexuality and violence, these polar opposites. Gothic romance is actually all about sex and death, and there’s always an undertone, whether it’s Northanger Abbey or Jane Eyre or The Castle of Otranto. The proximity of death and our fear of it, but also the fact that we’re impelled by our sexuality towards things and towards choices and people is actually what gothic romance is about. Guillermo and Mia and myself all agreed that that sex scene had to be quite powerfully realized.
The trailer is very steamy.
The movie is absolutely beautiful. It’s certainly the most beautiful film I’ve ever been in. It’s a gothic fairy-tale, so it has an extraordinary integrity in its design. It looks like a painting, and every single frame you disappear into in a way that perhaps only Guillermo del Toro can imagine. And it has an extraordinary sincerity, which is unique for our time, because there’s a lot of quite glib storytelling, and some of it’s very assured and successful, and some of it, you wish as though there was a little bit more heart and soul. I love that Guillermo has told this story very sincerely about a young woman who falls in love with somebody, a man, who has a mystery, and behind the veil of that mystery, actually a whole load of dark secrets, and she ends up having to save herself, and it’s kind of a fable, really, about survival and independence, and finding out who you really are.
You’re going to be back in the Marvel world as Loki with Thor 3, yes?
I don’t know that I am. I haven’t spoken to anybody at Marvel for two years. So I literally — there’s no side to it. I just don’t know.
Did you have villain envy watching Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Ha-ha. No. No. I was good.
You don’t miss it?
I enjoyed the film enormously. Of course I did, and it made me feel proud of all those guys. They’re all old friends now. But, no, I had really fulfilling, interesting year last year. I did Crimson Peak, High-Rise, and I Saw the Light in one straight year while they were shooting Age of Ultron, so I was happy. I was busy.
You sang beautifully in I Saw the Light. There were some moments when you were doing Hank Williams’s songs that, afterwards, the audience burst into applause.
I’m so glad to hear you say that. That was the most challenging, the most difficult, and the most joyful aspect of the film for me.
There’s been some blowback about you not being southern, or even American. How do you reconcile that?
Well, it’s in my makeup somehow that when people tell me I can’t do something, I want to prove them wrong. It always has been. But of course I kind of expected that before I signed on. The only way I can explain it is from my own perspective, which is, as an actor, I’ve always been most compelled by unknown territory. I like to think of myself as a correspondent sort of going off into foreign territory and scratching around and bringing back my findings. I hoped that the fact that I was not American and not from the South and there were so many things that I wasn’t born with actually made me more committed to honor Hank Williams, his family, his legacy, even more. It gave me kind of a deeper, more profound desire to get it right.
Have you met the family?
I’ve met Jett, Bobbie Jett’s daughter, and I’ve been in touch with Holly, his granddaughter, who’s a musician in her own right. She saw the film, and she wrote me one of those letters that you keep forever, which is really actually all I need. I mean, people know Hank Williams, but they only know some of his songs; they don’t know the circumstances of his life. But I can tell you — and I mean this really sincerely — it was such a pleasure to make that music. The thing that caught fire about Hank was his honesty and his authenticity, and the reason he became a star is because he wrote from his heart, and he sang from his heart, and he was singing about being in the doghouse or being so lonesome he could cry. Men and women in the wake of the Second World War, across the South, across America, were like, “That guy is the real deal. He has this brazen full voice, and he’s singing about me. That’s what my life is like.” That was just a really powerful inspiration as an artist. For someone to be so truthful and say, “This is who I am. I’m going to put this out there, and I hope you can relate to it.”
Are you still singing?
Yeah! I still have my Gibson J-45. Sometimes I even travel with it. I mean, it’s addictive.
Thor 3: Ragnarok is still approximately 2 years away from its release, but as early as now, various speculations surfaced as to the possible plot of the final installment of the Thor franchise. Also, Marvel is rumored to be eyeing on director Kenneth Branagh to helm the film.
The end of days is near for Asgard as Thor: Ragnarok is slowly approaching and despite that no official synopsis has been released for the film as of yet, many theories have emerged as to the possible direction the film might go.
The fire giant “Surtur” who causes destruction is said to likely appear in Thor 3: Ragnarok. Surtur will burn the Birfrost which will lead to the destruction of Asgard. In the mythology, the god Odin fights a giant wolf and dies. Thor also faces a giant snake and ends up dead. Loki comes face to face with Heimdall and later dies, however in the comics, Thor rips Loki’s head off due to his treachery.
Although Loki’s death may be possible, many speculate that it is also somewhat unlikely as Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, still has a multi-movie contract with Marvel.
Meanwhile, there are also reports that Thanos might make an appearance in Thor 3: Ragnarok, and that the god of thunder, Thor, might come into a battle against Thanos and Surtur.
**UPDATE: It’s reported that Thor director Kenneth Branaugh will NOT be directing Thor 3…