tom hiddleston the avengers 'The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston: Loki is 'quite a Shakespearean villain'Tom Hiddleston took to the 2013 TCA press tour stage to talk about “The Hollow Crown,” an upcoming miniseries airing on PBS that meshes Shakespeare’s “Richard II, “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2 and “Henry V,” with Hiddleston appearing in all four in various iterations.

But in speaking about the differences going from a blockbuster like “The Avengers,” in which Hiddleston plays the villainous Loki, he says that there isn’t as much difference as you think.

“The major difference is in terms of time,” says Hiddleston. “We shot ‘The Avengers’ in 19 weeks and shot ‘Henry V’ in four, so there’s a degree of preparation and momentum with these films and plays that was required.”

But he goes on to say that when he was imagining Loki with “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh, who himself is no stranger to Shakespeare, they saw Loki as quite Shakespearean in his own right.

“When I was building Loki as a character, with Kenneth Branagh, our references were Shakespearean anyway,” says Hiddleston. “I was borrowing from ‘Julius Caesar,’ I was stealing from Iago. … My inspirations for building Loki were from Shakespeare’s plays anyway. I think he’s quite a Shakespearean villain.”

Look for Hiddleston to reprise the role of Loki in “Thor: The Dark World,” due out Nov. 8, 2013.

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