Read Tom Hiddleston's Thank You to Joss Whedon for 'The Avengers'
by Ethan Anderton
July 30, 2014
The main reason that most people know the name Tom Hiddleston is because of his turn as Loki, the mischievous brother who was introduced to moviegoers in Thor, and came to terrorize The Avengers in the unprecedented superhero assembly in 2012. The actor is well-aware of this fact, and has always been thankful and passionate when it comes to his role in the Marvel films. And if you really want to know just how thankful the British actor is for his role that director and writer Joss Whedon gave him, than you'll want to read the thank you letter he sent to the filmmaker after reading the first draft of The Avengers.
Here's the letter from Tom Hiddleston to Joss Whedon from the forthcoming Joss Whedon: The Biography:
I am so excited I can hardly speak.
The first time I read it 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 badass 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.
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.
It doesn't get much better than that. If you want to dive deeper into the nerdy filmmaker's life, passions and career, Joss Whedon: The Biography hits shelves later this week on August 1st - it sounds like it's worth picking up. As always, we'll keep you updated on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond. You can also follow Tom Hiddleston himself on Twitter at @twhiddleston for more updates straight from the actor.