You Wouldn’t Call This Email ‘Low-Key’
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.