You Must Read Tom Hiddleston’s Adorable Email To Joss Whedon About The Avengers
Everyone knows Tom Hiddleston is just about the most adoracharmilightful (that's adorable, charming and delightful) celebrity we have right now, and you're about to be reminded of that when you read this email he sent to Joss Whedon. It's all about how much he loved what Joss did with his character Loki for the draft of the Avengers script, and it's full of cute analogies and insightful character analysis and just general excitement. The letter appears in Joss Whedon: The Biography, which is in stores tomorrow, but Business Insider has published it in full.
You're going to want to read it if you're at all interested in lovely, smile-inducing things:
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.
His enthusiasm and love for the character and appreciation for what he gets to do as an actor is absolutely contagious. Look at how eloquently he sums up his opinions and expresses his admiration. The Willy Wonka reference? Be still my heart. The fist-bump thing? I cannot handle this man.
I have not, in fact, seen The Avengers, or most superhero movies in general for that matter, but I can tell just from the bits and pieces I have seen, as well as how Tom talks about Loki offscreen, that he really loves playing that character and has an actual interest in the projects he stars in, as well as an appreciation for the fans. It's not just another paycheck to him.
Joss sent Tom a shorter response in return, and you can read that too:
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.
Isn't it nice to see actors and directors getting along and being nice to each other and talking about their project like adults for a change? Sorry, I'm just so used to reading about onset actor/director feuds that this is a strange interaction to witness.