Friday, July 20, 2018

San Diego Comic Con: Loki Surprise (2013)

July 20-21, 2013: 

Tom Hiddleston had a treat for Hall H audience members when he made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic Con. The crowd went absolutely crazy when Tom stepped on stage and delivered a full speech as his alter-ego Loki. 

Humanity, look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the sweltering heat for hours, huddling together in the dark like beasts. I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose. (To Kevin Feige) Stand back you mewling quim. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for a place in this chamber, in this meager palace of Midgard, the arena they call Hall H. You should've let me rule you when you had the chance. Yet here you are. Your ears yearn for untold stories. Your eyes crave unseen sights. Your imaginations ache and hunger. Where are your Avengers now? Claim loyalty to me and I will give you what you need. Say my name. (Loki) Say my name. (Loki) Say my name! (Loki!!!!!!!) It seems, I have an army. Before leaving the stage he invites the crowd to feast your eyes on the new Thor: the Dark World footage that debuted at SDCC. 

Afterwards Tom talked to reporters about how they pulled it all off, embracing Loki, and sneaking into the airport wearing a Jango Fett costume. 

HC: Did it feel different for you to put on the costume and perform Loki in front of a live audience rather than play him on a film set?
TH: Entirely. I hope to high heaven that I never give a performance of that scale onscreen. It was big, shall we say. I’m used to working with directors who say less is more, whereas yesterday it was kind of a 21-gun salute. The size of the character. He has an epic dimension anyway. He’s a god and he believes he is a super being. He has contempt for the human race. There was a sort of electric charged atmosphere with the audience yesterday. As a live performer, I never forget that. It’s a very unique thing. You don’t get it onscreen with a camera. A camera is something you have to project that charge onto. It doesn’t come for free. It’s a mechanical, technological entity. Whereas with an audience, it’s a chemistry; you can feel something coming off them.
Stage actors talk about this a lot — the audience, whether they know about it are actually complicit in the standard of the show that night. If they’re in a good mood, if they’re leaning forward, they’re listening, the actors can sense that within seconds and the show is often better. The atmosphere yesterday was out of control. When I walked out onstage, I was confronted with a wall of sound and fury, to quote the bard. It was extraordinary. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t hear for the first five seconds.

The next day: Tom took part in a Thor: the Dark World autograph signing session with director Alan Taylor. 

We always knew that Tom was a superhero. 

Tom finished up his SDCC journey with a stop at NerdHQ's Conversations for a Cause. This event only raised $6,000 for Operation Smile. Here is the pre-interview, Tom does a dance off at the end. 

You need to watch the full NerdHQ conversation with Tom and Zachary Levi... or I will punch you in the dick! If you don't get the joke - you didn't watch it! Tom talks Shakespeare, Loki, gives his best advice "I gave myself permission to care... don't be afraid of your passion", his work with Unicef UK, hiddlestoners, does his best velociraptor impression, and more. 


Day 1 - Tom Hiddleston hits the stage wearing his Loki costume designed by Wendy Partridge. Here the costume is shown on display at the Arclight Cinema in Sherman Oaks, California. Tom then changed into his Armani David Line suit we previously saw in at the MTV Movie Awards and Wimbledon 2013. Day 2 - Tom was also dressed down in Armani along with his Nike+ Sportswatch



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