Loki has a lovely way with words. Tom Hiddleston was so taken aback after reading the first draft of The Avengers script that he wrote a charming email to the film's director, Joss Whedon. Business Insider published the full letter on Friday, July 25, along with a response from the screenwriter himself.
"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," Hiddleston, 33, wrote. "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."
The British actor has played anti-hero Loki in the Marvel franchise since Thor in 2011. He reprised his role one year later in The Avengers, and in Thor: The Dark World in 2013. His Avengers costars included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson.
"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," he continued with enthusiasm. "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."
Whedon, not surprisingly, was over the moon about Hiddleston's reaction. "Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script," the 50-year-old wrote back. "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."
The correspondence between the two will be published in Whedon's upcoming biography, Joss Whedon: The Biography. Read Hiddleston's full letter here.