OK, I know. Who doesn’t love Tom Hiddleston nowadays? He’s tall, he’s gorgeous, he’s BRITISH. Which is pretty much always a trifecta of WIN.
But, I gotta say, as beautiful as he is, what I really love most about him is his talent. (No, that’s not a euphemism. Oy, get your mind out of the gutter. *stern face*)
See, even in the relatively cheese popcorn world of Marvel superhero movies (which I LOVE with reckless abandon, don’t get me wrong) I feel like Hiddleston is still always a scene stealer. As Loki (In Thor and The Avengers) he injects a lot of richness and depth, and I think in another actor’s hands Loki could have just another mustache twirling cardboard cutout of a villain. But Hiddleson makes the character nuanced, interesting and appealing.
Check out this scene below from Thor, and think about the different layers in Hiddleston’s performance. He’s angry, he’s hurt, he’s vulnerable. The man is going to toe to toe in a really emotional scene with Anthony freaking Hopkins and Hiddleston knocks it out of the park. How many other superheroes can do that? (OK, Thor, but we’ll talk Thunder gods some other time…)
But Hiddleston isn’t just about the superhero movies. He’s a classically trained actor, and a darn good one too. The other week I managed to get my hands on The Hollow Crown series, which is the BBC produced versions of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1&2 and Henry V. (Yes, I spent over eight hours of my life in one week watching Shakespeare adaptations, and I loved EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Wut?)
In the series, Hiddleston plays Prince Hal in Henry IV and Henry V. And he is magnificent. (The whole series is pretty excellent across the board and, btw, let’s have a small hottie shout-out to Joe Armstrong as Hotspur. OMG. HAWT.)
But, seriously, I think Hiddleston did two of the big “Henry” moments better than any other actor playing Hal that I’ve ever seen. When he gave the St. Crispen’s day speech I actually wept. And he is so adorable and charming when he woos the princess at the end of Henry V that it’s no wonder she’s ready to marry him and have his babies by the end of the scene. (Even though King Henry had just, you know, killed one of her brothers and also a fuckton of the nobility and basically subjugated her whole country for fun and profit.)
So, to recap, Tom Hiddleston can do Cheesy Popcorn Fun, he can do Shakespeare with such excellence as to make a person weep AND he’s easy on the eyes? How much more awesome can the man be?
Oh, I’m so glad you asked. ^_^
Because he also does really spot-on impressions…
Oh, be still my heart. Excuse me, I think I need to lay down a moment to recover from his awesomeness. Talk amongst yourselves.