After reading the script for The Avengers, star Tom Hiddleston sent an awesome e-mail to Joss Whedon to declare his appreciation for the writer/director’s work when it came to Hiddleston’s Loki character.
The letter comes from Joss Whedon: The Biography, which hits store shelves on August 1st. Whedon also responded to Hiddleston’s e-mail with his own, and you can read both of them below.
First Hiddleston’s e-mail:
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 didnâ€™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: â€œreal menaceâ€; â€œfield of obeisanceâ€; â€œdiscontented, nothing is enoughâ€; â€œhis smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skullâ€; â€œPuny godâ€ â€¦
â€¦ Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason â€¦ Itâ€™s high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the â€œreal menaceâ€ and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. Itâ€™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 Iâ€™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 intelligenceâ€¦. 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.
â€¦ But really Iâ€™m just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably donâ€™t do. Itâ€™s epic.
And then Whedon’s response:
Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. Itâ€™s more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldnâ€™t be more pleased at your reaction, but Iâ€™ll also tell you Iâ€™m still working on it â€¦ Thank you again. Iâ€™m so glad youâ€™re pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.
Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.
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