Denis Villeneuve said to me that this movie is really about the fight between the individual and the institution, and that Detective Loki is a police officer, he’s the institution, and that Keller Dover, Hugh Jackman’s character, is the individual; he’s fighting for his individual rights. And that’s why he takes this on himself; he doesn’t believe in the institution.
There was one piece of information/backstory in Loki’s character that said that he’d been in a boys home. And so, from that, I inferred that he’d probably been through the juvenile detention system and that, in order to be a really good cop, you have to understand the criminal mind and also be fascinated with it, and maybe have been [a criminal] at one point of another. In his case, I think probably, as a kid, he was.
I think that he did some things that he might be a bit ashamed of, and the tattoos were a bit of that history that he wanted to cover up. So, we picked these tattoos, each having thematic meaning actually connected to the movie, that we would cover up. And that I’d have the ability to, if I were in a scene, cover up my tattoos on my fingers with my hands but another moment they came out and I’d have to be ashamed of them. Even though I was constantly questioning and I was constantly driving the narrative, I was also fighting my own demons in the middle of that. And it also just was the reason [the character] was so fascinated with finding out other people’s demons.
Jake Gyllenhaal interviewed about his character Detective Loki in Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners.
[sleeps for 70 years to avoid adulthood and become captain america]
i wish i was famous so i could blame my problems on the media and not take responsibility for my actions
"At Ease: The New Uniform For The Day" photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue US 1996