Tom Hiddleston has long been associated with the role of Thor's archenemy and foster brother Loki, a character he has played for six films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will reprise for the character's upcoming series on Disney+. Now, Hiddleston has given the full details as to how he landed the role of the God of Mischief in the first place.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it was mentioned that a connection with actor, director, writer and producer Kenneth Branagh -- who directed 2011's Thor -- helped Hiddleston secure the part of Loki, and the actor explained how that came to be.
"It had a life-changing effect on me," he began. "It happened quite organically, almost by accident. He saw me in a Shakespeare production in a theater in London, then asked me to perform with him in the television series Wallander for the BBC. We then did a Chekhov play in the West End, and then he cast me as Loki in the first Thor film. So actually we ended up spending about 12 months working together in different media."
Hiddleston also discussed how he learned from Branagh.
"Just from being able to watch him, closely," he added. "Then he would prepare to shoot, to execute, to perform. He always treated me as an equal. At the end of that experience, I had learned so much from him. But then I realized that he used to look up to Derek Jacobi and Anthony Hopkins. And when I was playing Loki for the first time and Anthony Hopkins was playing my father, he told me he used to look up to Richard Burton. So I realized that the creative industries are in a constant feedback loop of re-inspiration and imagination."
Set to stream on Disney+, Loki currently has no announced release date.