It’s hard to imagine “Thor” without Chris Hemsworth playing the titular character, but had things gone a little differently during the casting process, it could have as easily been baddie Tom Hiddleston carrying Mjölnir. Apparently the man better known as Loki had originally auditioned for the role of Thor in the film, but ended up being cast as the villain instead.
MTV News caught up with Hiddleston recently and asked him whether he had always been up for both of the roles. He said that he had, and admitted that he didn’t know which character he would end up playing until the final audition.
Since Hiddleston had to sign a contract before he had done his first screen test, he noticed that Marvel Studios had written in the small print that they had the right to cast him as either Thor or Loki. When he saw that, he realized that maybe he wouldn’t end up being the man to carry Thor’s hammer. He remembered thinking, “Hmm, even though my wig is blonde, I’m not sure it’s going to end up that way.”
Even if Hiddleston didn’t know which role he’d be playing until the very end, Marvel producer Kevin Feige apparently knew from the start. Hiddleston said that Feige maintains that he originally thought Hiddleston was trying out for Loki at his first audition, even though he was actually auditioning for Thor.
“He was like, ’This is the Loki audition, right?’ And then Ken Branagh went, ’No, this is a Thor audition,’ and he went, ’Oh, okay. I guess we could try it,'” Hiddleston recollected.
Fortunately, the Brit ended up being the main villain in two Marvel films: “Thor” and “The Avengers.” And there’s more in his future, of course, as Hiddleston is set to return as Loki in Patty Jenkins’ “Thor 2.”
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