Read Tom Hiddleston’s Thank You Letter to Joss Whedon for THE AVENGERS

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When you hit a certain level of fame, land a key role in the Marvel universe and are busy booking parts in some of the most highly anticipated movies the industry’s got to offer, it’s easy to start looking at that person as a big name star and losing sight of the humble, passionate and very thankful human being they really are.  Tom Hiddleston’s always been outspoken about his love of the Marvel films and given 100% when it comes to sharing the excitement with fans, but in case you need a reminder, you can find it in Joss Whedon: The Biography.

The book includes a letter Hiddleston wrote to Joss Whedon after reading Whedon’s draft of The Avengers for the very first time.  It’s funny, thoughtful, genuine, and will undoubtedly make you love the guy even more than you probably already do.  Hit the jump to read the letter in full.

tom-hiddleston-thank-you-letterJoss Whedon: The Biography doesn’t arrive until August 1st, but Business Insider (via JoBlo) got permission to share Hiddleston’s letter as well as Whedon’s response.  Check them out below.


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.

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.


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  • Kyle Chandler

    I definitely feel like the excitement from the cast and crew of the Avengers was translated perfectly to the screen. Pretty much everyone felt like they were IN IT, and I feel lucky that they found people as enthusiastic about the material as us fans are.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I think Marvel also does a good job of weeding out the people who aren’t team playees like Terrence Howard and Edward Norton. And bringing up people who really love what they do and are happy to be there even if they aren’t real classic characters like Colson and the Secret Hydra agent who I don’t think even exist in the comics.

      It really comes out in the performances of those who love the role and those who just want a paycheck. But admittedly it is probably pretty easy to be a team player when you get back end earnings on guaranteed blockbusters.

      • banana

        Your thoughts are right on point. I’m so tired of people who say Marvel is an evil corporate machine. They’re pretty transparent how they run the show. From the looks of it now, most actors want to join Marvel for the fun and experience.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Absolutely. And I think it plays into their larger plans, as well. If you’re hiring people for 6-8 movies, they really have to buy into the characters and be willing to get excited about it (otherwise, no actor in his right mind would sign a contract like that).

        Does marvel’s success help lubricate some potential kinks? No doubt. But they are clearly building a “family” type atmosphere where people will want to work.

  • appolox

    And Tim Hiddleston is officially the nicest guy in the film business.

    • Kyle Chandler

      And certainly one of the most genuine!

    • Guest

      Know any guy’s in the film business?

      • bmg314

        Define “film business.”

    • DoigtDuPeuple

      Tom.. Not Tim… ;)

    • Wes Blackwood

      Cool. I was wondering where to go to order some 35mm slide film.

      “Come to, order a ton!”

  • YodaRocks

    Great gesture on part of Tom Hiddleston. He makes me believe that gentleman-liness might still be present in British men.

  • VicManMan

    *nerd tears*

  • Dedpool

    Classic and classy!!!

  • Person

    Give Loki a solo movie NOW!

    • Guest

      If you fund it.

  • Verbal Kent

    This guy’s still acting?

    • banana

      yep, three movies coming out next year

      • Verbal Kent

        Can’t Wait………

  • Ted

    Nice letter. Avengers is overrated.

    • Gary

      No you’re a nice letter…I mean…you’re overrated! Dammit.

    • Guest

      Same can said for every marvel movie.

  • Django9000

    So perfect. Also gives loads of insight into how to write a truly great villain, that an actor can really chomp on. :)

  • JudgeMethos

    Loki is one of the more likeable villains because you kinda get where he’s coming from. He’s Marvel’s Joker. The villain that’s an ass but very cool and entertaining. Tom Hiddleston owns this role!

    • theseeker7

      actually, oddly enough I was just thinking about this earlier today. With the whole “you kinda get where he’s coming from”… well yea but, not as much as you might think on the surface. His whole mantra in The Avengers, “I was the rightful king of Asgard!!” errm… no you weren’t. There doesn’t seem to me to be a clean argument of that fact to be made. Even though he’s realized he doesn’t even want it (which, at that point, he hadn’t even yet) Thor will always be the rightful one ahead of Loki. It kind of reminds me of the Barratheons in GOT. As much as you may have liked Renly as a character, more than the ‘boring’ Stannis, Renly’s got no case at the end of the day. Stannis is ahead of him in succession, same thing between Thor and Loki.

      Mind you, having said all that, I absolutely loooooooove Hiddleston as a villain and character overall. He’s really knocked it out of the park with this role.

      • JudgeMethos

        I didn’t mean him being a King of Asgard. In Avengers, he wanted to rule earth and knowing how he came to be Odin’s son, you kinda feel for him. He knows he’ll never be a king on Asgard or on Jotunheim where he was actually born.That’s what I meant. Sucks he was a prince on his planet but nothing anywhere else is all.

      • theseeker7

        gotcha. Although, the lineage thing was what I felt was one of the weaker spots of Thor, I can only assume things are better explained in the comics. Just because, he didn’t seem to be a straight up frost giant, either (who was then just happened to be taken as a baby to be raised as an Asgardian). Unless there was some kind of ‘magic’ or whatever bestowed upon him by Odin in his infancy to make him more human and less blue as he got older… but again, perhaps it’s clearer back in the old funny books…

      • Wes Blackwood

        I hear you. Thor was a warrior but not a hero before he came to Earth. Loki grew up with this unthinking, arrogant fratboy and resents how he’s so popular in Asgard in spite of (or maybe even more so, Because Of) it. The emotional damage Loki hides for not meriting the same rewards from his adoptive parents, in spite of his intelligence and accomplishment in his own field, has driven him to be unhinged. The tragic aspects are what make his character so interesting. You want to pull for him, if he could just understand where he’s gone wrong, and get back to having fun playing less deadly tricks…

        Btw Methos=Highlander reference?

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    • Guest

      Ladyboy Loki is no Joker…. And Jokers insane. You get where he’s coming from?

      • JudgeMethos

        He’s the villain people wanna see is what I mean. When people think of DC villains, Joker is usually who most people think of. When people think of Marvel NOW… I would say Loki is who they think of. I NEVER said he was like Joker. That’s you not comprehending what I’m saying.

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  • DoigtDuPeuple

    Seems like he is one of those actors who genuinely loves what is going on in his life right now. And he’s having fun with it making appearances, signing autographs, taking pics ect.. Some actors used to refuse these kinds of roles as they would be “typecast” forever as being that character.

    Sometimes, you need that anchor, that role you know so well. And if you embrace it instead of denying that it ever gave you something worth while, you’ll find yourself in the shoes of Tom Hiddleston and smile.

    Great Loki! Truly an example of perfect casting choices..

  • Andrew Arnold

    I got to admit that I didn’t care for Hiddleston’s Loki in “Thor”, but I’ll also admit that between “The Avengers” and “Dark World”, he’s definitely grown on me…

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