A look at the man who plays the part in front of the movie camera…..
Mr. Hiddleston, 32, is a classically trained British actor of the most classic kind, and the latest in a long line of British performers to move with remarkable dexterity between Serious Theater and mass-market cinematic fame. (He also makes a fine contribution to the noble tradition of evil, soft-voiced British villains.)
His résumé is impeccable: He attended Eton, Cambridge University, then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts — each on its own a notable producer of acting talent. He was a member of the celebrated Cheek by Jowl ensemble and recently portrayed both Prince Hal and Henry V in the BBC-PBS Shakespearean series “The Hollow Crown,” to much critical acclaim. He has played F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” had featured parts in projects as varied as Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” and the television series “Wallander,” and has starred in several small-scale movies.
But it wasn’t until he won the role of the nefarious (or is he?) god of mischief, Loki, in the Disney-Marvel Studios franchise that includes “Thor” and “The Avengers” that Mr. Hiddleston hit the A-list. Now he has fan clubs, a serious Twitter following and gossip column inches.
“The fame thing is so odd,” Mr. Hiddleston said in a recent interview at the Wolseley restaurant here, just a few minutes before a woman stopped by to congratulate him on his role in a coming Jim Jarmusch movie. He continued, speaking of Loki, “It’s interesting that I’ve had that wide impact in a role that is so unlike me.”
It’s true that the real-life Mr. Hiddleston doesn’t much resemble Loki, with his vampiric pallor, long black hair and impassive, mocking stare. In person, he is unobtrusively handsome, with light brown curly hair, an open, friendly manner and the physical elegance of a (very tall) dancer. He is also articulate, thoughtful and given to poetic turns of phrase…