Some websites yesterday posted emails allegedly from British actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in “The Avengers” and both “Thor” movies) to Joss Whedon, writer/director of “The Avengers.” I don’t know if this email is for real, but I absolutely love it.
Hiddleston says, of the Loki character, “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 write villainous roles in my novels: Dennis in “Crashers,” Calendar in “Breaking Point,” Asher Sahar in “Ice Cold Kill” … Wait till you get a load of Viorica in “Gun Metal Heart.” And I think this might be the finest compliment any writer could ever get.
To top it off, Hiddleston also allegedly wrote, “Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason.”
Hans Gruber, of course, being the charming villain in 1988 film “Die Hard,” played to perfection by another British gent, Alan Rickman.
Daria Gibron, star of CRASHERS, BREAKING POINT and ICE COLD KILL, is back.
Daria, a freelance operative with a long and deadly history, has been hiding out in rural Italy, avoiding the enemies she’s made in the CIA, the Israeli government and Western law enforcement agencies. An old colleague tracks her down and seeks her help protecting an aerospace engineer from the White Scorpions, a Serbian mercenary group.
Soon Daria is in the thick of both fights, squaring off against enemies from all sides and facing the threat of stolen military technology that can lay waste to entire cities.
The chase takes her from Italy to the former Yugoslavia. With the help of John Broom, a congressional aide, Daria has to thwart her old foes, take on new ones, and face perhaps her greatest challenge yet: Veronica, a mercenary with whom she is so evenly matched, they might as well be opposite sides of the same coin.
With the odds against her, Daria is in the worst danger of her life. And she couldn’t be having more fun.
“A high-voltage, high-body-count thrill ride!” – Publishers Weekly
GUN METAL HEART