Hiddleston's thank you mail to Joss
Joss Whedon has included a thank you email Tom Hiddleston sent him for the role of Loki in his new book, Joss Whedon: The Autobiography.
Tom played Loki in both Thor films as well as in Avengers Assemble, and his email to writer and director Joss shows he knew the villain role was a great opportunity as soon as he saw it.
He wrote to Joss: " 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' ..."
He went on to compare Loki to the Die Hard villain played by Alan Rickman: "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."
Tom finished: "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 replied: "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."