‘Thor: The Dark World’: Tom Hiddleston disguised in Asgard, on stage | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times
A graduate of both Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hiddleston belongs to an elite class of highly educated thespians who’ve garnered stateside acclaim as the heavies in commercial, genre-minded fare — his contemporaries include Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).
Hiddleston said he prefers to portray conflicted men.
“I think it’s truth,” he said. “I think most people have very complicated, tumultuous inner lives. That’s what fascinates me — everyone has so many contradictory layers. We are not consistent and we’re always striving to be something and running away from something else, unless you’re totally Zen and everything’s sorted out and you’re Jeff Bridges.”
When it comes to performance, Hiddleston is happy to assume other guises, to disappear into a role.
“I feel as though ultimately it’s my work that people know,” he said. “The other day I was on an airplane and halfway through the flight, the air hostess said, ‘I’m trying to work out what movie you were in. I just worked it out. It’s Loki. What else have you been in?’ I said, ‘Well, I was in “War Horse” and “Midnight in Paris.”’ She was like, ‘I loved those movies. Who’d you play?’
“What I love is that she remembered the characters, she didn’t particularly remember me,” Hiddleston said. “That means I’ve done my job.”