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Hiddleston Reads Shakespeare Love Sonnet; Be Still My Heart (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2013 at 5:23PM

Tom Hiddleston is playing Shakespeare this week on PBS, in "The Hollow Crown" (trailer here) and for your pleasure, below, he reads Shakespeare love sonnet 18. Beautifully.
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Tom Hiddleston as Loki at Comic-Con 2013
Tom Hiddleston as Loki at Comic-Con 2013
'Only Lovers Left Alive' at Cannes
'Only Lovers Left Alive' at Cannes

Back in the day I requested and got a flipcam interview with Tom Hiddleston at the Toronto Film Festival; it's one of my favorites because I'm catching him at a moment when he's giddy with his good fortune. He had done well in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" as F. Scott Fitzgerald; as Loki in "Thor"; opposite Kenneth Branagh in "Wallender"; and for the purposes of our interview, had held his own with Rachel Weisz in the Terence Davies drama "Deep Blue Sea." 

I was not wrong to call Hiddleston a rising star at the time, as has been proven since. How many Marvel villains are as popular as Loki? In Toronto at the annual Sony Pictures Classics TIFF party--brimming with talent as usual, from Ralph Fiennes ("The Invisible Woman") to Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Hall and Jack Huston ("Kill Your Darlings")-- I went toe to toe with the six foot-two Hiddleston again. Having not yet seen his latest, Jim Jarmusch's Cannes entry "Only Lovers Left Alive," I testified to the impact on the screaming women around me in Comic-Con's Hall H of his performance as Loki. (See video below.) The theater thespian admitted it was the biggest room he had ever played--and yes, he wrote the speech himself (more details here).

Hiddleston is playing Shakespeare this week on PBS, in "The Hollow Crown" (trailer here) and for your pleasure, below, he reads Shakespeare love sonnet 18. Beautifully. 

This article is related to: Thor: The Dark World, Tom Hiddleston, Comic-Con


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.