Tom Hiddleston says he has never been in a major bar brawl. That’s not surprising for the gentleman Brit.
In Kong, we meet Hiddleston’s rugged character James Conrad in a seedy bar, and Conrad quickly dispatches foes with deft use of a pool cue.
Hiddleston, who trained with former members of Britain’s Special Air Service and a retired Navy SEAL for the film, was told by a tough, British ex-paratrooper: “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,” says Hiddleston. “That’s what he said. You don’t want to get yourself in trouble.”
And how would Hiddleston handle himself in a situation where someone has cut in front of him at the bar? These kinds of things do happen in Britain and can escalate.
“I’d say very politely, ‘Excuse, I’ve been waiting X amount of time,’ ” says Hiddleston. “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.’”
Speaking to USA TODAY for an upcoming profile for the Kong: Skull Island (opening March 10), Hiddleston says he is loving the idea of stepping out front and truly flexing his action-star muscles next to the giant beast in the title.
Hiddleston, 36, has shown some chops as demigod Loki in the Marvel films, but for Kong, he’s going full-action.
“Action has always been a part of me. In the Marvel films, it’s hidden in the playfulness and mischief of that character,” says Hiddleston. “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.”
“It’s like, this is the guy you want on the ground in a jungle,” Hiddleston adds of his Conrad. “It’s lovely to be a hero.”