Tom Hiddleston wanted to play Thor

2013-11-07 18:00
The Avengers Loki
Los Angeles - Tom Hiddleston originally wanted to play Thor.

The actor was initially in the running to play the hammer-wielding hero in Thor before being cast as his evil brother Loki in the superhero franchise.

He told US chat show host Chelsea Handler, "I auditioned and I swung the hammer but they were always looking for Loki as well, and I think the closer I got, they were like, 'You should play the bad guy'."

The 32-year-old star admitted he put in a huge amount of effort to land the role of Thor - which eventually went to Chris Hemsworth - working out like crazy to bulk up his body.

"I did less running and more lifting of things for a while. Some would say [it was] insane. But it was really fun, actually. And I've never done anything like that before."

"I basically went from 180 pounds to 198 pounds and I had something like seven percent body fat."

Hiddleston's portrayal of Thor's bitter nemesis Loki has proved immensely popular with viewers, leading to his return in Thor: The Dark World, but fans were left a little disappointed when Tom confirmed he won't be appearing in The Avengers sequel.

However, when Handler asked if Loki may one day have his own stand-alone film, the audience cheered wildly and Hiddleston replied, "I hope so."

We can all dream.

Check out Tom wielding the mighty Mjölnir below:

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