Before I even begin explaining this entire story, I must say this:
I mean, this dude busted out the word “self-aggrandisement”.
I can feel the entirety of my education becoming worthless by that one word alone.
But back to the story at hand, even though it has been over two years since The Avengers shocked and surprised us into our seats and changed the superhero genre forever, excitement for this movie (and its related franchise) continues to grow.
That being said, it would be unfair to overlook the fact that many a people knew beforehand that when this movie was coming out, it was going to be awesome.
And apparently, Tom Hiddleston was one of those people.
Recently, Business Insider revealed the complete email correspondence between Tom Hiddleston and director/overlord/His Majesty Joss Whedon and I gotta say, the overall exchange is phenomenal and you can feel the excitement in their words…especially Hiddleston.
You can (and SHOULD) check out his letter below (it contains various references. I died at the mention of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka):
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.
And this is Whedon’s brief, but witty 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.
After reading that letter, not only do I have a helluva lot MORE respect for Hiddleston, but I now I feel as I need to go lock myself in a room with several thousand books for no apparent reason…as I feel the amount of intelligence in my being does not even begin to come up halfway in comparison to Hiddleston.
This letter has changed my life.
What did you think of Hiddleston’s spectacular letter? Let me know in the comments below.
Source: Business Insider, Screen Crush
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