Sunny Suljic, the actor behind Atreus in God of War's Norse saga, has admitted that Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki in the MCU helped shape his own version of the character.
One of the big plot threads of God of War Ragnarok is Atreus coming to terms with who he is after the last game revealed that his true name is Loki. Although Loki has been around in Norse mythology for centuries, there's one portrayal of the character that everyone likely thinks of when they hear the name "Loki" – Tom Hiddleston in the MCU.
Suljic appeared on the latest episode of Teen Vogue's Character Study to talk about his performance as Atreus in God of War Ragnarok. During the interview, Suljic admits that his portrayal of Atreus was partially inspired by Loki in the MCU, noting that he took a "grain of salt" out of Tom Hiddleston's acting for his own take on the character.
Suljic said, "When I found out that I was Loki, it actually helped my performance a little bit. Because Loki is a known character, upon Norse mythology and essentially, he's a trickster. So, I started watching Loki on Disney Plus, and I fell in love with the show. It's actually a really good show that gave me a better reference of the character and it was just cool to see somebody else. When I did watch Tom Hiddleston's performance, I took a grain of salt out of it. I loved his performance, he did really well. But, I just wanted to make sure I didn't completely copy the character itself.”
Alongside taking some cues from Hiddelston's performance, Suljic also revealed that he dove into some Norse mythology himself to get a better understanding of Atreus, alongside reading the game's full script this time around, instead of just his own scenes.
“I actually dove into a lot of Norse mythology. I just got more information, and I fully read the script for Ragnarök. The last one, I read some portions of the full script. But, I didn't even understand what I was doing in the last one. But going into Ragnarök, it was just a whole different story. I had a lot more dialogue, a lot more action scenes and everything. It's so cool, being able to play yourself.”
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