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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

T is for Tom Hiddleston - Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Thomas William Hiddleston - so the other day I spent three hours sorting out my Avengers photo folder (which consists mainly of Mr Hiddleston) so that I could pick photos for this post. I have so many that Win8 was refusing to index them so I could see which was which.

The piccie to the left is Tom playing Henry V in the BBC's Hollow Crown season.

So why do I think Tom Hiddleston is brilliant?

Let Me Be Shallow for a Moment

Let's start with the obvious: he's a bit of a dish :). Whether clean shaven, blond, brunette, curly haired or with it straightened, he's very nice to look at.


About the Man

Tom is intelligent, funny, caring and a complete gentlemen. He's not only a great actor, he's also a wonderful human being. I shall share some examples to illustrate my point.

Intelligent

Tom has a double first from Cambridge in classics; he got one of his first acting jobs because he could improvise in Ancient Greek. He speaks several different languages and has given interviews in Spanish. He also writes articles for various publications in which he is most eloquent.

Funny

This is a man who is not afraid to make an idiot of himself on TV and have a good laugh. He did an interview with MTV After Hours where he Loki'd Josh Horowitz. They gave him a false moustache which he named Wendy.

There is an article about it and the fan project it spawned here if you would like to know more.

Tom is also always smiling and laughing and even his laugh is rather unique. Here is a man who smiles with his whole face.

Caring

Tom recently went to Guinea for UNICEF UK to help publicise their work and see all the good they were doing with under privileged children. He also did the Live Below the Line challenge early to help publicise it and raise money for UNICEF UK.

He got a lot of stick for 'playing at being poor' by some naysayers which totally wasn't what he was doing - it boggled my mind, really it did.

Complete Gentleman

This is the man who, on the red carpet at the MTV Movie awards, realised that one of the interviewers was really, really cold, so took off his jacket and let her wear it while she was interviewing him. At a different awards he also brought another interviewer (male this time) soup, because of a conversation they had had on Twitter. Frankly, Tom's a sweetheart as far as I can tell.

His Acting Is Amazing

And now, onto what attracted me to him in the first place, his acting. He came to fame through playing Loki in Thor and The Avengers, but Tom has a much wider range than that. He studied at RADA and spent a long time on stage before appearing in several British TV shows, including Wallander with Kenneth Branagh (who became a kind of mentor and helped him get the role of Loki), Cranford, Suburban Shootout and many more.

I saw him on stage doing Stories Before Bedtime at the Criterion Theatre, where he read Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth and totally knocked my socks off. To the left is a piccie of him on stage at the event. If you would like to listen to it, the Criterion has a pod cast of it on this page. Just scoll down until you see the piccie of Tom to the right and that's the correct one. (It's the whole thing so you'll have to forward to get to Tom's bit).

He's also an experienced Shakespearean actor, having played Prince Hal in Henry IV and Henry V in the BBC's Hollow Crown series, as well as several other roles on stage.

Tom can carry off the role of an insane god (Loki in Thor), a British officer on the front line in World War 1 (War Horse), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Midnight in Paris), a Swedish detective (Magnus in Wallander), a historical gentleman (William Buxton in Cranford) and anything else he chooses. His back catalogue is varied and incredible to see.

I could literally go on about Tom all day. His fame is growing all the time and yet he remains humble, gentlemanly and lovely as well as a brilliant actor. I cannot recommend his work more and he also sets a great example as a human being.

Have you seen Tom's work? Did you like it? Who are your favourite actors?

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My twin and I are also doing the A to Z Challenge over at our fantasy erotica blog: http://fantasyboysxxx.blogspot.co.uk/

6 comments:

  1. To be honest I have never heard of him but not going to the movies I guess I miss out quite a bit. I must say he do look dishy and you wrote an excellent post about him.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, and I've been meaning to say, thank you so much for all your lovely comments, I really look forward to seeing what you think of a morning.

      I could rave about Tom all day; he is such a talent. It's his range that is amazing; he's such a chameleon.

      If you like action movies, The Avengers is superb, if you're more a romance movie person then Midnight in Paris is brilliant (I'd say that even if Tom wasn't in it :)).

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  2. I've got to get around to seeing 'Midnight in Paris.'

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    1. It's a great film, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, from the description I didn't think it was my sort of thing. Glad Tom was in it because it made me sit down and watch :).

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  3. I've heard a lot about him lately. He seems to be having his breakout moment, which I hear is a good thing, because I'm mainly hearing good things about him. But I'm not much of a moviegoer (anymore), so I haven't seen any of his films.

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    1. It is indeed a good thing. His breakout started with Thor, went supernova with The Avengers and is still going :). The only Tumblr seemed to be able to talk about yesterday was Loki's hair in the new Thor 2 teaser trailer ::g::.

      I wasn't much of a movie goer for years, but I seem to be going a lot lately, and not just for Tom :).

      Thank you for dropping by.

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