Tom Hiddleston has an end of the year interview with GQ UK, in which he talks about Thor 2, his style inspirations, and his friend Benedict Cumberbatch.
When talking about Thor 2 and the increases pressure he feels after the Avengers, he says, “It's mostly self-applied pressure actually. I remember Chris [Hemsworth] and I saying over the summer when Avengers came out, where do we go now? Going into this one we were - very flatteringly - involved in big creative conversations about tone, and story. Thor and Loki are these two characters that people know and love and understand - so we have to take this in the right direction. You want to do something new - you don't want to re-heat the same recipe in the microwave, you want to cook up something different and exciting - but you don't want to lose the things that worked the first time. So we're our own slave drivers, in a way. Complacency is the enemy. But that's exciting and it's going well. I have never seen a group of actors or a crew work harder.”
He also talks about his style and his favorite item of clothing, saying, “I'm very partial to a leather jacket. There's a particular Armani leather jacket, which it fits me so well and is itself such an elegant piece of tailoring, that the combination of the two is just great. It's somehow perfect in every weather, so I can wear it in the summer and it's not too hot, and I can wear it in the winter and it keeps me warm. It just feels great. However, I'm very partial to a suit - and Giorgio Armani made me a three-piece suit for for the release of War Horse. I was going to wear it to the premiere, then I found out it was black tie because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending! So I ended up wearing it another time. But on the inside pocket it's inscribed to Captain Nicholls, my character from War Horse. I think it's really special.”
He also talks about his friend Benedict Cumberbatch, saying, “Benedict and his braces! Actually Benedict is a friend of mine and I know he's talked about it, but I do think it's a really creative industry. Maybe both of us a little bit later in life are starting to understand style. I think it comes hand in hand with having a visual imagination. When you work in film, you begin to understand that how people construct themselves is fascinating, and can often tell you a lot about who the person is. Benedict talked about working on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the tailoring of that particular time [being an inspiration] but it's also simply that if you work with great filmmakers and cinematographers and costume designers, you start to understand there is a delight in the beauty of a beautiful shot or a beautiful picture. If people look good in the picture then it helps!”