Have you ever wondered how actors keep their cool when working with Joss Whedon, the creative mastermind responsible for Marvel’s Avengers? Well, his new biography reveals just that, and the truth is more awesome than we could ever have imagined - they do exactly what we would!
A snippet of Whedon’s biography reveals that Tom Hiddleston, who gained a fan-base for the mischievious Loki so huge it even rivals Iron Man's, sent a heart-felt fan letter to Whedon after reading the superhero movie’s "epic" script for the first time.
And here we have it, Tom Hiddleston at his fanboy best, proving that he isn’t just a thespian looking to pay the bills, but a Joss Whedon fan who cares about the franchise as much as the rest of us. He starts his e-mail with:
I am so excited I can hardly speak.”
And from there, his fanboying only increases…
“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'..."
Hiddleston shows he's in tune with the rest of us again by predicting that the ‘Puny God’ scene would be everybody's favorite:
And that isn’t all! Like a child who just got an autograph from his idol, he continues to display his affections for Whedon’s ingenuity (not to mention his love for Die-Hard)…
"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. "
That’s right, juicy! It’s not exactly poetry, but it does paint the picture of Tom reading the screenplay and drooling over his most menacing scenes. He pulls himself together though, going into even more depth as to why he adores the script so much…
"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."
And rightly so, as he proves that he deserves the ‘coolest part’ with his final words…
"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."
Its hard to imagine MARVEL fans loving Tom Hiddleston any more than they already do for his performance, but this e-mail might just do increase the love a little more. Even Joss Whedon agrees, who replied with this…
"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.
No wonder he had us chanting his name at Comic-Con 2013... Loki! Loki! Loki!
Tom Hiddlestone’s e-mail (and other Whedonist gems) are available in full in Joss Whedon: The Biography from August 1st, 2014.