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If You Thought You Already Loved Tom Hiddleston Too Much, Wait Until You Read His 'Avengers' Fanboy Letter to Joss Whedon

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | July 30, 2014 | Comments ()


Joss Whedon’s biography hits the shelves August 1, and by some kind of magic, the first released snippet happens to involve Tom Hiddleston. And if you’re a Hiddleston fan (I’ve heard rumors there are those who can resist), before you read on, you may want to either plant yourself in front of the nearest air-cooling machinery. You see, back in the day when our boy Loki first read Whedon’s Avengers script, Tom was so overwhelmed, he sat right down and wrote the director a thank you letter, and let me tell you this: fanboy Hiddleston is damned delightful. So without further ado…


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.”

To which Whedon responded:

“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.”

(Whedon gave Business Insider permission to print the excerpt)

I don’t know about y’all, but Tom comparing himself to Charlie sealed the deal; that’s one of my favorite books of all time. Now go throw your panties in the wash and get that fresh pair.



Cindy Davis, (Twitter) may be eating a chocolate bar.

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  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Hans Gruber as played by James Mason? Well if I had known this a few weeks ago, SOMEONE would have earned a prime spot on my top five.

    Tom, your charm is almost overwhelming.


  • Now I just want to go watch him be Prince Hal/Henry V again. He is so charming.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    He was magnificent as Hal, childish, yet charming - totally gorgeous.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And just like that [finger snap] I am on Team Hiddleston.

  • Dulce et Banana

    Oh, I thought he wrote the letter BEFORE getting the part - which would lead one to think in terms of some sort of competition for the role, perhaps including a talent event, evening dress and, of course, a swimsuit competition.

    Well, I'll just leave you all in your bunks with that image, shall I?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Aww, he's such a sweet posho. God bless ya, Tom.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Aww Pajiba love for this guy? That's an automatic death kiss.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I really loved the comparison to Hans Gruber. Totally hit the nail on the head. Kudos to monsieur Hiddleston.

  • Kala

    Yes! The Charlie Bucket reference was adorable, but reading "…Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber" thrilled me.

  • general rhubarb

    Take all my undies!

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