Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston, who returned as the stubborn, arrogant, God of Mischief in Marvel's upcoming “Loki” series, recently expressed his love for India, specifically Shah Rukh Khan.
In a video shared by Disney+ Hotstar Premium Tom indulges in a word association game in which he said Shah Rukh Khan for India.
When asked for Bollywood, Hiddleston said, "Am I allowed to say Shah Rukh Khan again? Shah Rukh Khan again."
Word that comes to his mind when asked about an Indian city, Tom picked Chennai, stating “My akka lives there. She used to live there. And I have been there a few times. Chennai is great!”
Hiddleston says the "vulnerabilities" of his character Loki draws people towards the God of Mischief, who is finally stepping out of his brother Thor's shadow in the eponymous stand-alone Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series.
"Loki" centres on Hiddleston's witty master of magic, following the events of 2019's feature film "Avengers: Endgame".
While the movies have mainly touched upon Loki's mischievous side, the series aims to give an insight into what hides beneath the wickedness of the fan-favourite villain.
"I think over time I'm made aware of the different things he represents. Some people enjoy his playfulness, his spontaneity and that inherent sense of mischief he has. Some people enjoy his quality as an antagonist.
"There are some people who are drawn to his vulnerabilities, under all these layers of charm and charisma. There is something really relatable about vulnerability," Hiddleston said during a virtual global press conference ahead of the show's premiere.
The British star, who has played Loki in six MCU movies -- "Thor" (2011), "The Avengers" (2012), "Thor: The Dark World" (2013), "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017), "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018), and "Endgame" -- said he owes his success to all the writers who have contributed in creating the character.
"I owe it to the writers, everyone who has ever written this character. Starting from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Payne, to Michael (series writer Waldron) and his amazing team," he said.
The "Infinity War" saw Loki's character dying at the hands of Thanos, but the series begins by showing the character being stuck at Time Variance Authority (TVA), a fictional organisation that monitors timeline in the Marvel comics.
Loki's range as a character, makes his job even more exciting, said Hiddleston, adding that working on the series was a joyful experience as he got to team up with people who could resonate with his passion for the story.
The series is directed by "Sex Education" fame Kate Herron and executive produced by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige.
It also marks the MCU debut of Hiddleston's "Midnight In Paris" co-star Owen Wilson as well as "The Morning Show" star Gugu Mabtha-Raw.
The 40-year-old actor said Loki is a "character of huge range" and playing the role always feels like a new experience.
"I just love playing Loki. I feel so fortunate that I'm still here and there are just new aspects to the character every time that I learn about," he said.
With PTI inputs