Avengers Assemble: Tom Hiddleston

Excitement has been building for The Avengers (which hits theatres on May 4, 2012) and I would like to say that there are none more eager to see it than me. To commemorate the gigantic blockbuster movie that is bound to set the new bar for superhero films, I’m going to be doing a weekly profile on the actors who will be filling (and have filled) the shoes of some of our favorite Marvel heroes… and villains.

PROFILE

Born in London, England, Hiddleston always seemed to know that he wanted to be an actor. This may have been in part with his older sister performing on stage or the fact that his mother was a stage manager and arts administrator. He attended Eton College, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In his second term at Cambridge, he was in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire and while still earning his education and performing in student plays, he had already begun his career in television (Nicholas Nickelby, The Gathering Storm).

After graduating, he won is first film role in Joanna Hogg’s Unrelated (2008) and took the leading role in her second film, Archipelago (2010). While his big screen performances were few and far between, he was always on stage, appearing in highly praised runs of The Changeling, Cymbeline, Shakesepeare’s Othello and Ivanov, where he first met Thor director, Kenneth Branagh. In addition to plays, he also had several reoccurring roles on television shows: Cranford, Suburban Shootout and most notably Wallander, where he played Magnus Martinsson, one of the members of the detective’s (also played by Branagh) team.

It was while he was filming Thor, that he got the call from Steven Spielberg to appear in his 2011 movie, The War Horse. The E.T. director wasn’t the first huge Hollywood name to come knocking on his door though. In the same year, he was cast as F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Oscar winning film, A Midnight in Paris.

We first see Tom take on the role of the God of Mischief in Thor (2011), but originally Hiddleston had auditioned for the lead part, even going so far as to be willing to gain fifty pounds to properly portray the God of Thunder. Despite his eagerness, director, Kenneth Branagh saw him better suited for the younger and more complicated brother. His incredible performance as the conniving and deceptive son of Odin earned him critical acclaim, including the Empire Best Male Newcomer award, not to mention the love and adoration of an army of fan girls.

Want to see more of what he’s capable? Below, I’ve included a couple of his films that I think everyone should see.

Oscar Nominated Film: Midnight in Paris
Best Known For: Thor
Must Watch: Archipalego, Deep Blue Sea

What’s Next? Henry V, Black Wing Has My Angel

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