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.