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Wise GuyTom Hiddleston on fame, regret and Spandex

Words by Rob Chilton

The actor from War Horse, Avengers and Kong: Skull Island ponders life’s big questions.

 

On daily life: “I live such a boring life. I just potter about, read books I’ve meant to read but haven’t had time, go for coffee, read the paper and hang out with my mum and dad.”

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On heroes: “I spent my childhood running around my parents’ living room pretending to be Harrison Ford on a horse, wearing a hat, with the Indiana Jones theme tune playing in the background.”

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Hiddleston’s hero: Indiana Jones

On fame: “You can’t prepare yourself for loss of anonymity until it happens, so there’s no question that initially it’s confusing. But, I hasten to add, there’s nothing more boring than listening to actors whingeing about fame.”

 

On his Avengers co-stars: “The first day of filming on The Avengers was one of the great moments of my life. A bunch of stonking great movie stars, all pointing and laughing at each other. ‘Look at you in your Spandex!’ ‘Well, look at you in your Spandex!’”

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Larking about with Chris Hemsworth

On exercise: “If I start the day with a run, I feel like I’m ahead of the day. It’s something to do with just being in the world and getting out of my own head.”

 

On his Avengers character: “Loki’s a character who doesn’t just stick his finger in the electrical plug socket, he burns the house down.”

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Rubbing shoulders with Michael Kors and Kate Moss

On values: “I believe in kindness, bravery and courage, in being true to your word – very unfashionable, I know.”

 

On regrets: “I fear looking back and wishing I had done things I hadn’t.”

 

 

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