Much Ado About Nothing Premiere - Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston

Do you love Tom Hiddleston in The Avengers? Well, it turns out Tom did too and he wrote an amazing letter about it.

The upcoming biography of Joss Whedon, aptly named Joss Whedon: The Biography, will hit stores tomorrow, and JoBlo got an exclusive excerpt from the book. It's a thank you e-mail from Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, thanking THE AVENGERS director and screenwriter for the role. It's touching, in a manly way, and perfectly captures what we love about his performance. I've added pictures to it.

I am so excited I can hardly speak.

The first time I read [the script] I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn't know where to start. 

Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: "real menace"; "field of obeisance"; "discontented, nothing is enough"; "his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull"; "Puny god" ...

... Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason ... It's high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the "real menace" and his closely guarded suitcase of pain.

It's grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and bad**s and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I've ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy. 

I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandisement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence.... That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.
 ... But really I'm just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don't do. It's epic.
Joss Whedon wrote an even more awesome email response

Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn't be more pleased at your reaction, but I'll also tell you I'm still working on it ... Thank you again. I'm so glad you're pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.
Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.

What do you think of the letter?

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Pat Dilloway said...

That was nice. Of course he ended up a lot better off than Hans Gruber.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Obviously he relished the role! Considering how popular Loki is as a character, Whedon hit that one on the head.


Great letters!
It's great that he loved the role. You can see it in his performance.

Tony Laplume said...

I'd have to go back and watch it again, but I know I loved Loki in the first Thor a lot. As to whether or not that appearance is better than the one in Avengers, I don't know. But it's odd to heap all the praise on Whedon. But, I guess, still a nice gesture.

jeremy [retro] said...

very nice... i am thrilled that the role fit the person or the person fit the role.


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