Check Out The Email Tom Hiddleston Sent To Joss Whedon After Reading THE AVENGERS

Check Out The Email Tom Hiddleston Sent To Joss Whedon After Reading THE AVENGERS

An excerpt from Joss Whedon: The Biography features a pretty fantastic exchange between Tom Hiddleston (who played Loki in the movie which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide) and the director after the British actor had read the script for The Avengers. Check it out!

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".
 
... 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.
 

That's the email (via Business Insider) Tom Hiddleston sent to The Avengers director Joss Whedon after reading the script for the movie for time. It's interesting to see that the actor made note of the "Puny God" scene as that quickly became perhaps the most memorable moment in the entire movie and resulted in laughter in every screening I attended. His love for the character of Loki is clear to see here, as his respect for Whedon as a writer and filmmaker. What was his response? A simple one, but equally as touching. 
 
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.
Posted By:
Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "Avengers" 7/30/2014 Source: Business Insider
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