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Tom Hiddleston Talks to USA Today About ‘Kong Skull Island’ & Playing Loki

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Tom Hiddleston, Kong Skull Island

“I cannot play Loki forever, it’s not possible,” says Hiddleston, who turned 36 last month. “Loki is immortal and I’m deeply mortal.”

“Regeneration, at some point, will be required, I’m not quite sure when,” he says.

Hiddleston was able to craft his James Conrad character with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, changing Conrad from an American military man to a mysterious former British special forces soldier-turned-mercenary. Vogt-Roberts was impressed with both the jungle skills and dashing appeal of his adventure star.

“Tom anchors the movie and does it in a way that’s both throwback adventure hero and also a modern leading man,” says Vogt-Roberts. “That’s a huge feat.”

The adventure hero swashbuckling meant that Hiddleston was up at 4 a.m. daily to work with a former Navy SEAL trainer before hitting the set at 7.

“I lost sleep, blood, sweat and tears,” says Hiddleston. “My trainer had me lifting, pushing, squatting, pulling and all manner of things. And then I would get on set and run around more.”

The training helped effectively pull off the Kong action as Hiddleston’s Conrad is hired to track down the movie monster on a mysterious island. It also ensured Hiddleston fit perfectly into the snug T-shirt that Conrad sports.

Still, Hiddleston never considered seeking the true action-star reward for all his training: the gratuitous shirtless shot. It’s just not his thing. “No one needs to see that,” the actor says. “No, never.”

Hiddleston also enhanced his weapon skills (Loki’s specialty is throwing knives) by incorporating samurai sword training for Kong. He practiced with rubber tubes to perfect his standout sword screen moment, involving a Japanese weapon left on the island. Hiddleston doubts the new weapon will carry over to Thor: Ragnarok in November: “I’ll probably stick to throwing knives and Loki’s mercurial wit.”


“I haven’t played the part in a film properly since The Dark World, which we made in 2012. So it was a long time ago,” Hiddleston says. “It’s still a source of constant surprise that he’s so appreciated. And it’s fun to get back in the saddle again.”

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Tom Hiddleston Talks to USA Today About Surviving a Bar Fight

Tom Hiddleston, Kong Skull IslandOn the advice he received from former members of Britain’s Special Air Service and a retired Navy SEAL about bar fights on the set of Kong: Skull Island: “If you get into a bar fight, the best thing to do is to pretend you don’t know what you’re doing and run, get the hell out of there. That’s what he said. You don’t want to get yourself in trouble.”

On what he would say if someone cut in front of him at a bar: “I’d say very politely, ‘Excuse me, I’ve been waiting X amount of time,’ Usually people are pretty good about that. That’s kind of social protocol. You don’t break that rule. People are like, ‘Okay, you go ahead.'”

On being in an action film as the hero: “Action has always been a part of me. In the Marvel films, it’s hidden in the playfulness and mischief of that character. But actually, there’s several one-to-ones with Captain America and Thor where the action requires choreography. But (Kong) puts all of that center stage.

On his character, James Conrad: “It’s like, this is the guy you want on the ground in a jungle. It’s lovely to be a hero.”

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Jessica Chastain Talks to USA Today

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After a contentious election, Miss Sloane arrives rife with lessons on cloudy American politics.

In the new political thriller, Jessica Chastain takes the reins as the ferociously intelligent (fictional) Republican lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane, who ditches a high-profile job to push a bill restricting firearm sales through Congress.

“It’s not interested in lecturing anyone,” says the actress, curling up on a couch at the Four Seasons. She says Miss Sloane, which reveals the sausage-making on (and off) Capitol Hill, could just as easily have used an issue such as climate change or immigration to make its point.

“It just uses that to show an inner world of the American political system and the fundraising — what it takes to get a bill passed and how corrupt the system can be when it’s led by money,” she says.

Chastain, 39, spent pre-production Googling top female lobbyists, and walked away from a trip to Washington with a decidedly different take on Sloane, a character she presumed would wear little makeup and rotate the same wardrobe day in and out.

“It was almost naïve of me to think that, because there’s something about the way Elizabeth Sloane dresses and about some of the women that I met in D.C. where they intimidate before they even enter the room,” says the actress, whose character’s war paint is dark nail polish and crimson lipstick.

Critics are praising her performance in the movie, which has a 72% positive rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes. “Equally icy and savvy, Sloane has no patience for hippies, naïve Millennials or the old boys’ club, whose glass ceiling she’s pretty much pulverizing with a jackhammer any chance she gets,” wrote USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt.

Director John Madden says he initially met Chastain while directing her in 2011’s The Debt, when the actress was virtually unknown. Today, “she’s become a spokesperson for women in the industry — roles that are serious and not defined by the clichés of mother, lover or girlfriend,” he says.

The misogyny lobbed at Hillary Clinton in the presidential election is top of mind for the actress, particularly when discussing words used to describe women like Elizabeth Sloane and the Democratic nominee.

During the debates, “the criticism against Hillary was that she was overprepared. I never heard in my entire life that a man was overprepared for anything. I am overprepared in my life,” she says. “What’s wrong with being ambitious, being overprepared, being one step ahead?”

Offscreen, Chastain seems ready to recalibrate her fame. The private star has even started sharing a small slice of her personal life via Instagram, selectively posting occasional shots with her longtime boyfriend, fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. “Gian Luca and I have been together for such a long time, we’re in it for the long haul,” she says.

She’s also switching gears after working relentlessly, having just wrapped the Sitting Bull drama Woman Walks Ahead before beginning the Aaron Sorkin-directed Molly’s Game in Toronto.

“I’m at an interesting point in my life and in my career. A few years ago, I started to examine where I was in the world and what I was contributing to society,” says Chastain, adding that she’s ready to direct and share the spotlight.

“It becomes like you’re eating cake every day. You just want to share the cake!”

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