Welcome to the second edition of “That Guy Should Be In More Stuff” (or TGSBIMS). The first edition was on the amazing Aaron Ruell. But, more importantly, welcome the State-Lines first ever “Superhero Week”. I’m extremely excited about what we’re doing here at the little site that could, and am even more excited about our comic book give away (have you entered yet? Do it!)! But, what I’m most excited about is talking about the subject of today’s TGSBIMS – Tom Hiddleston. First, let us behold him.
This is Tom from his most famous role, Loki, from Thor, The Avengers, and the upcoming Thor Deuce. Now, let’s get a bit of house keeping out of the way. I feel like the purpose of this awesome series is to introduce you, the reader, to some lesser known actors who deserve some shine. I can hear you asking me “How does a guy who starred in the freakin Avengers qualify as lesser known?” Excellent point. Here’s the thing – Tom has been in his fair share of projects (check his IMDB page here) but in my opinion, he hasn’t had a chance to play some of the roles that he is deserving of. And, most importantly, he should totally be in more stuff! So now that is out of the way, let’s jump in.
Did you see Thor? If you’re on this site, you’re probably kind of a nerd, like me, so the answer is almost certainly yes. Now, full disclosure, I never really read Thor growing up. I read some really cool books like “The Infinity Gauntlet” that Thor played a minor part in, but that;s about it. Honestly…. I thought he was kind of lame. I got a bit older and learned about Norse mythology (and how awesome it is) but by that time, I wasn’t reading comics much. So I never had a chance to appreciate Thor in comic book form. When the movie was released, I felt kind of “meh” about it. I had just recently been mind blown by Iron Man, and was bummed they decided to follow it up with Thor. All that changed when I saw the movie. It has become my favorite superhero movie, and most of the credit goes to the movies villain, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. The rest of the credit goes to Kat Dennings, then a little credit to Natalie Portman, and the tiniest bit of credit to Chris Hemsworth. And oh yeah, Stellan Skarsgard was pretty awesome too. Let your eyes wander back towards the photo of Tom up top. And let your eyes meet his eyes. This snapshot is the perfect micrcosm of his performance. He stalked and skulked around like a brooding teenager. But that’s only after he sold me on his “I’m a loving supportive brother” act. I knew he was the villain, and I still feel for his charms in the first act of the movie. And then when he made his inevitable turn, I hated him. I hated him in a good way. In the way you hate Darth Vader. And that, my friends, is called range.
Speaking of range, check out this awesome video of Tom doing impressions. They…. “range” (see what I did there?) from amazing (Pacino, Owen Wilson) to awful (A horse, Yoda) but are all a blast to watch.
Look at that goofball! Loki, one of the most brooding baddies to hit the screen in the last few years was played by a lovable rascal. Just think of what he could do if he got his hands on some more varied roles (some meaty leading man parts as Tobias would say). I’d like to see him play someone like Bradley Cooper played in Silver Linings Playbook. A flawed guy with quirks who you want to win. I’d love to see him play a crazy person and just… go for it! I’d like to see him play an insane sidekick like Phillip Seymour Hoffman did in Along Came Polly. And you know what else I’d love to see? More of the soul scorching, brooding stares that made him famous in Thor. And luck would have it, he is in talks to star in a reboot of The Crow! Another really cool looking project that is in post production is a vampire flick starring Tilda Swinton, and, you guessed it, ya boy Tom!
So it seems that this edition of TGSBIMS has a happy ending. We’re destined to get a lot more Tom in our future, and that’s a good thing. I love that Hollywood may be giving out franchise type roles (like The Crow could be) to guys that have real acting chops. And if you’re still on the fence about this guy, simply click this.