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Tom Hiddleton Sent An Awesome Email To Joss Whedon After Reading The Avengers Script

August 7, 2014 Joss Whedon, Tom Hiddleston

The Avengers has made more than $1.5 billion at the box office, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

But the film wasn’t always destined to be a hit. It took several drafts and a joint effort by Joss Whedon, cast memebers, Marvel Studio’s team and other Marvel franchise directors to get the script approved from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the franchise, wrote a heartfelt email to Whedon after reading Whedon’s draft for the first time. The email and Whedon’s reply has been published in “Joss Whedon: The Biography”, which hit the stores on 1st August.

Here’s the letter that Tom Hiddleston sent Whedon:


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 first-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don’t do. It’s epic.”

Whedonwrote back saying:

“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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