‘The Avengers’: Joss Whedon’s evil giggles and hard falls

Oct. 26, 2011 | 3:32 p.m.
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Tom Hiddleston as Loki, left, and Chris Hemsworth as the title character in "Thor." Both actors will reprise the roles in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Joss Whedon has assembled a world-class team of superheroes for “The Avengers,” but on the New Mexico set the writer-director was more in touch with his inner supervillain, according to Tom Hiddleston, who plays the evil Loki in the film.

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Joss Whedon photographed in 2007. (Los Angeles Times)

“The brain power is astonishing and he’s always giggling about something,” the British actor said of Whedon. “He has this intermittently generous and supportive side as a director but I also think as an artist he has a really dark sense of humor. He kept telling me how much fun he had writing Loki. He steps inside the villains in a way that he doesn’t with the heroes. ”

Hiddleston has just worked with Woody Allen on “Midnight in Paris” and with Steven Spielberg on the upcoming “Warhorse” and he said there was no risk of confusing those graybeard auteurs with the ginger-haired Whedon, who is the sort of director who does his own stunts on set.

“Joss gets really excited, I love hearing him giggle from behind the monitor,” Hiddleston said. “It’s almost like he’s hiding behind his own giggles. He’s lost a lot of weight during this film. There was one scene where Robert Downey Jr. has to fall to floor and we were trying to work out how to do the film and trying to work out how extreme it should be and Joss came over and said, ‘I think it should be like this,’ and he just hurled himself at the floor headfirst. I was like, ‘Buddy, are you OK? We could pad you up before you do that!’ But he went up in my estimation after that.”

— Geoff Boucher


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14 Responses to ‘The Avengers’: Joss Whedon’s evil giggles and hard falls

  1. mcbrion says:

    I have to say, I wasn't knocked out by Loki in "Thor." At least, not considering Loki's character in classic Norse mythology, and even in Marvel Comics. He's quite evil. I suppose this has to be attributed to the actor, who conveyed none of Loki's deep dark soul in the movie, but more someone who has father issues.
    I hope that Whedon writes more like he did in Buffy, where he never made her take a false step. She was right on it all the time, in contrast to Thor, where everyone's reflexes seemed less like that of warriors and more like slow-witted guns-for-hire (excluding Heimdall, who conveyed Heimdall's nobility and power extremely well, matching the comic book character of Heimdall).
    Thor was a bit 16-year-old, "Yeah!" and "Awesome" without and gravity — or gravy.

    • Scott says:

      I wouldn't blame Tom Hiddleston. Loki in "Thor" was written as someone with father issues. Also, Branagh directed Hiddleston to show an incredible amount of vulnerability in his performance. Hiddleston, as far as portraying the character he was given, hit it out of the park.

    • jprioletti says:

      According to Norse mythology, Loki was often goaded by Odin to commit his "evil" acts, as in the case of Iduna's apples. And, according to legend, Odin had the power of foresight, seeing even to Ragnarok, and the fall of Asgard and the burning of Yggdrasil, so why didn't he stop him? What about how Loki was treated? Odin banished one of his children to the sea, one to the bowels of the earth, and one to Hell. Then they held Loki down, turned another of his children into a wolf so it could bite another of his children's head off and was then slaughtered, and his child's entrails were used to bind him to the rock beneath the snake that dripped venom. Loki SHOULD be portrayed sympathetically…

    • brettghampton says:

      I, for one, hope that Whedon's script is NOTHING like his writing on "Buffy." Many times throughout the series the character "took false steps," and the dialogue of quasi-teenspeak overcame the scripts. The tendency of his characters to get snarky also railroaded "Serenity."

  2. Luna says:

    Loki. <3

    That is all.

  3. SeekerOfPatterns says:

    The point of Loki in Thor was his journey to *being* evil, not that he started out evil. Tom Hiddleston played that transition perfectly — from someone who was breaking quietly at the beginning and completely broken and wrong at the end. He did exactly what the script and director called for and did it perfectly. Don't confuse the movie with the mythology — you might as well blame Tom for being Thor's brother instead of Odin's blood brother if you're going to complain about inaccuracies with the myth. And all comics movies depart from their source material, thus we get to watch Loki's descent into being the bad guy instead of him just being the mustache-twirling villain from the beginning.

  4. Loki doesn't start out evil in Norse mythology; he starts out as a mischievous trickster and only gradually becomes a brooding figure of malice and resentment.

  5. Mad_Twinkie says:

    I disagree, I like a villain with a background and a motive rather than the lust for power and that's it cliche. In Thor we get to see the background for Loki's choices, it's a very good start. Maybe in Thor 2, we get to see him become darker and darker and achieve the Loki qualities you desire to see. Who knows.

  6. Wookie says:

    What a bunch of Norse mythology nerds. Who cares! Loki was amazing and Tom Hiddlestone stole the show – as @Scott says, a tremendous amount of vulnerability. On the other hand, what was Natalie Portman's character doing sleepwalking around these amazing gods. Her character could have been better written.

  7. Guest says:

    You have to respect Brannaugh's style. He made Thor into shakespeare. He made it a story about two brothers and their father, and wanted to truly capture the drive based on the familial tragedies he suffered in the movie. His crisis of self was completely understandable because he made the gods into characters with very human emotions, and his fall from grace was captured within the story, but in the end, it was about the two brothers and their father. Shakespeare.

  8. alan says:

    I liked loki in thor, not thrilled that he's the main villan for avengers. I actualy liked thor alot more than i expected, captain america and thor both being suprise likes for me. I was expecting something cooler though like maybe a giant galacticus instead of emo loki lol. ehe i'll wait for avengers to come out to judge the movie, joss whedon deserves a comeback. im tired of dark depressing snotty emo hero movies *cough batman begins cough*, at least marvel is on the right track with dry humor, joss is a master at dry sarcasm humor with buffy and angel. that joss is involved makes it a watch for me.

  9. Alonzo_Golden says:

    Tom Hiddleston's casting and remarkable performance as Loki was a stroke of genius! Even though I'd not heard very much about Mr. Hiddleston's work prior to this film, I most certainly am looking forward to all his future projects, Marvel and otherwise! He's a truly phenomenal talent who's definitely on his way to major super stardom! I've noticed that for the most part, Tom's also perhaps the most utilized spokesperson in regards to the 'Avengers' film; Being that he's a fairly eloquent speaker, I suppose we as fans shouldn't need to wonder why! Way to go, Tom! Keep up the great work!

  10. Wookie2 says:

    I fell in love with Tom Hiddleston during Thor! What a talented and devastatingly handsome actor! xxx

  11. Cynthia says:

    Tom Hiddleston was and is amazing as Loki. I loved Thor but in the Avengers he really took off. His range was spectacular. Playing a Loki under the effects of the Infinity Stone was compelling and it was pulled off in a marvelous way by Hiddleston. No pun intended. There is no one else, I think, who could of played Loki so well and true in either film. As a fan, I hope and pray they continue to bring Loki to the big screen without killing him as so many directors try to do to Villains but letting his villainy live on so that he might cause more chaos in the future. There is also talk of Whedon doing a Marvel television show. I for one HOPE that Tom Hiddleston is Loki in it, and that it plays for many years. It would be fun to see all the Thor and Loki shenanigans.

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