Tom Hiddleston wanted to play Thor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 November 2013
Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston has confessed he initially auditioned for the part of Thor before being cast as villainous anti-hero Loki

Tom Hiddleston originally wanted to play Thor.

The actor was initially in the running to play the hammer-wielding hero in 'Thor' before being cast as his evil brother Loki in the superhero franchise.

He told US chat show host Chelsea Handler: "I auditioned and I swung the hammer but they were always looking for Loki as well, and I think the closer I got, they were like, 'You should play the bad guy'."

The 32-year-old star admitted he put in a huge amount of effort to land the role of Thor - which eventually went to Chris Hemsworth - working out like crazy to bulk up his body.

Hiddleston said: "I did less running and more lifting of things for a while. Some would say [it was] insane. But it was really fun, actually. And I've never done anything like that before.

"I basically went from 180 pounds to 198 pounds and I had something like seven percent body fat."

Hiddleston's portrayal of Thor's bitter nemesis Loki has proved immensely popular with viewers, leading to his return in 'Thor: The Dark World', but fans were left a little disappointed when Tom confirmed he won't be appearing in 'The Avengers' sequel.

However, when Handler asked if Loki may one day have his own stand-alone film, the audience cheered wildly and Hiddleston replied, "I hope so."

Thor: The Dark World

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Alan Taylor
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman
  • UK release: 30 October 2013

Thor (Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to find the peace threatened by the re-emergence of old enemies the Dark Elves, led by Malekith (Eccleston). Despite experienced director Taylor, it's less satisfying than Branagh's original; Thor has become one-dimensional and the greater emphasis on humour makes for a more uneven style.

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