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Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 8:10PM

Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film like that.
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'The Deep Blue Sea'
'The Deep Blue Sea'

Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender"  crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film like that.

Cut to 2011 and Hiddleston not only starred as villain Loki in Marvel's "Thor," directed by mentor Branagh, but also played light-hearted F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen's surprise hit "Midnight in Paris" and the stalwart cavalry captain Nichols in Steven Spielberg's year-end Oscar contender "War Horse."

And that's not all: Hiddleston played Loki again in Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" (May 4, trailer below). This time Loki is so powerful that it takes Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor to rise up against him. "He's the agent of chaos, his power has increased 1000-fold," says Hiddleston in our wide-ranging interview below. "He has a few extraordinary tricks up his sleeve."
 
And the actor made passionate love--and war--with Rachel Weisz in British filmmaker Terence Davies' grim post-World War II relationship drama The Deep Blue Sea, an adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play. After the stylized two-hander debuted at Toronto, it was acquired by Music Box Films (March 23).
 
Next up: Hiddleston is playing Shakespeare's Henry V in the BBC teleplays of "Henry V" and "Henry IV," I and II. He may join Jim Jarmusch's ensemble on "Only Lovers Left Alive" later this year, and is attached to co-star with Anna Paquin and Elijah Wood in a pending film of the Elliott Chaze 1953 heist novel "Black Wings Has My Angel," about a thief and a call girl.
 
Now Hiddleston is getting his pick of parts. He says he chooses based on "instinct," and a wish list of directors. Way to go. Flipcam interviews below.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Franchises, Genres, Independents, Video, Interviews , Oscars, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Toronto, Period, Drama, Comics, Foreign


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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.