"The one thing that I do every time is immersion. I completely immerse myself in the world of the play, the film, the story, the character and try and plaster the walls of my own imagination with extra knowledge and images and music and trivia. I have a little office in my house and it is an absolute pigsty but I know exactly where everything is and there are little things stuck all over the walls, and papers in in-trays and files I have saved on my computer and playlists I have made on my iTunes – things that take me to a place that I think is appropriate. For something like The Avengers, I’ll read a bunch of comics and listen to some crazy music. Each job requires a different kind of preparation."
– Tom Hiddleston
"She’s so fun, just a hoot. I’d be in the make-up chair every morning while she showed me stupid YouTube videos. She introduced me to Gangnam Style. Seriously, she was into K-pop long before anyone else. She threw a party for me. Tilda Swinton on the dance floor is a force of nature. She knows how to get down."
– Tom Hiddleston about Tilda Swinton

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"I am an optimist. I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can either choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better."
– Tom Hiddleston

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"Loki is just my photonegative, he’s the diametrical opposite of everything I am, that’s like a exploration into darkness itself."
– Tom Hiddleston

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"I’ve always thought of acting as playing chords and notes on a piano. Every human being is born with 88 keys and most people just play one set of chords, but when you play another character you’re experimenting with your ability to play other notes on the piano. The piano itself is the human condition, I suppose."
– Tom Hiddleston

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"We are all flawed heroes, or heroic villains."
– Tom Hiddleston
"You never get used to it. It’s really been amazing and only recently have I been able to have a bit of headspace to sort through the boxes of everything, to process it. It’s been more than I’d ever dreamed of."
– Tom Hiddleston on his current success.
"I did ten minutes of the entire film on one day, which was three of what I call the arias, because Shakespeare’s poetry is like music, and there are some bravura pieces, which are like operatic arias. When Henry speaks, it is some of the most heartbreaking warrior poetry that has ever been written in the English language. I have never shot so much of what the crew are calling ‘dialogue’ on one day. It’s not strictly dialogue, though, is it? It is monologues of breathtaking poetry. The poetry of war. The human race evolves, we invent aeroplanes, motorcars, iPads and yet these words are still so potent. Human nature hasn’t changed. And on film, there are moments you can be so quiet and simple with it."
– Tom Hiddleston

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"When we were walking down towards the casket, Tony said, ‘Can I tell you something, Tom?’ I said, ‘Absolutely!,’ and I sat up straight and said, ‘Tell me anything.’ And he said, ‘You’re doing this very strange thing with your wrists.’ I said, ‘Oh, my god, what am I doing?!’ He said, ‘Well, maybe you could butch it up a bit. It’s a bit effeminate.’"
– Tom Hiddleston
"You know how tennis players raise each other’s game, how Nadal plays his best tennis when he’s up against Federer? Well, acting with Robert Downey Jr is like playing Agassi. You never know what he’s going to do next. Unless, of course, you happen to be throwing him out of a window and he’s shouting, ‘Throw me harder, baby. Let’s make it real.’"
– Tom Hiddleston

(Source: Daily Mail)