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Tom Hiddleston is fond of saying “badass”, treatment but only in an American accent.
Here’s his impression of how American film producers and directors speak. (Starts at 34:30.)
“The Americans have this word which I think is untranslatable, sales which is BADASS…” –Tom Hiddleston
Coming from a linguistics background, pharm I am going to take a stab at why Tom keeps insisting on saying “badass” in an American accent.
First there’s Hiddleston’s argument from, “it just doesn’t sound right”. Perfectly valid. Native speakers of languages make these decisions all the time.
For instance, in the American Midwest and Appalachian dialects, “that needs done” is a completely cromulent construction, whereas in the dialects of the Eastern seaboard, you would always say, “that needs to be done.” (I’m from Philadelphia and I had never heard “that needs done”, not even once, until moving across the country.)
In France, a word already existed for the period of time at the end of a week after work days were over — “fin du semaine” — and yet the Americanism “le weekend” ended up becoming the more popular expression for the French to use to define Friday night through Sunday night. Why? Because their “fin du semaine” didn’t have the semantic attachment to “the free time in which I am likely to pursue fun and hobbies.”
I have more ideas about why Tom Hiddleston insists that “badass” can’t be said in a British accent, but I think I’ll flesh them out in future posts.
Really well done and adorable re-envisioning of the Thor film as some kind of romantic comedy.
These fan vids are a lot of fun.
Interesting that the video he mentions, of himself as a velociraptor, doesn’t seem to be available, which means Hiddleston is keeping it to himself. Too bad, as Tom’s physique and wicked smile would seem to be well matched for the role.
I sometimes wonder what goes through this man’s head when he considers what to “release” to his fan base. Or whether he gives it much thought at all. I hope, for the sake of his brain, it’s the latter.
Let’s face it: Tom Hiddleston wouldn’t win a Mr Universe the way Chris Hemsworth easily could, advice and he doesn’t have the boyish but rugged handsomeness of Chris Evans. And he’s got nothing on Robert Downey, medicine Jr, ask the Ur-playboy. But he does something to some of us, doesn’t he…
The classic response for someone who adores performing and who craves adulation, but who doesn’t believe he is handsome (or beautiful), is to learn to be attractive in ways that can be created from whole cloth.
So instead of banking on natural good looks, Tom Hiddleston probably cultivated his charm, his sense of style, and his acting craft to a far greater degree than any of his peers (with the exception of RDJ) ever be motivated to do. Whether conscious or unconscious of this effort, he certainly succeeded.
There’s an interview out there (I’ll have to find it again) where he says — totally paraphrasing here — that he had to really shore himself up in confidence and spirit, to make himself believe that anything was possible, because he realized that the only thing limiting his career was his lack of belief in himself.
So I do believe that he is honestly incredulous at being called “the hottest guy in [The Avengers]”, and very honestly needs to comes to term with a very new form of adulation.
“Are you sure about that? …Okay? Okay. Okay…”
Elle named him “Man of the Week” back in December 2012. Here are their astute observations on why he lays claim to an army of rabid fangirls:
Muscles might look good but they’re not going to recite you a poem and talk about the meaning of the universe, so if that’s more your thing then Tom Hiddleston is most definitely your guy.
RADA trained and holding a double first from Cambridge, the 31 year-old actor is best know for playing baddie Loki in Marvel comic film Thor and has also appeared in War Horse and Midnight in Paris playing F. Scott Fitzgerald.
And if all that’s not enough, he’s also posh, dimpled and curly-haired: quite the winning combo.
Face: Best. Smile. Ever.
Body: More into honing his craft than his glutes
Eyes: Full of wisdom
Personality: So very nice to his super-fans (who call themselves Hiddles’ Army, worryingly)
Attainability: Unknown. So there’s hope!
This interview happened right after the movie Thor, ask and before Tom Hiddleston knew for sure he was going to be in The Avengers. Adorable and really nice quality audio.
- How to pronounce “Loki” (and an imitation of Anthony Hopkins saying “Loki”).
- The “talisman” given by a friend to Tom for the movie Thor.
- Tom’s theory on how “the steel balaclava” is why Loki is so angry all the time.
- What kind of deity Tom himself would like to be.
I’d never heard this song before, illness and now I find myself wanting to hear it all the time…
Tom Hiddleston posts his “song of the day” to his Twitter account every once in a while. There are now something like 230 such songs.
This Tumblr blog has been doing a great job of collecting every Song of the Day here:
So for now, viagra until I find the time to scrape his Twitter account (easy) and get all of those music files assembled (hard), just go there!
Here is the interview that got me so interested in Tom Hiddleston as an actor, ampoule in his voyage from British theater actor playing Shakespeare to supervillain in two Hollywood blockbusters.
The segment of interest starts at about 6:00 when he talks about “chasing challenges”, help and describes how 2011 was such an outlandishly successful year, sale that if one went back in time and told Tom Hiddleston “5 years ago” what would happen in 2011, “he wouldn’t believe either you or me.”
The shifts have happened in me before Thor, and I know that sounds odd, but I started to conceive — I suddenly realized that I placed a glass ceiling on my expectations, imposed only by me.
It wasn’t as if anyone else said, “Tom, you’re not going to be able to do these things, by the way.” It’s as if I had said to myself, “by the way, you’ll never do those things.” –Tom Hiddleston
Everybody loves Tom Hiddleston’s impression of Owen Wilson, cheap which was part of a larger interview for tribute.ca during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), cialis and it’s not hard to see why…
The more interesting thing to me about this video is that story that encapsulates the impression isn’t very interesting at all.
In fact the way that Tom ends the story on such a sputter gives me the impression that Tom was banking on this Owen Wilson impersonation to steal the focus away from the boring story.
Tom knows he’s going to win the interview with this performance, but he doesn’t preface the impression by saying, “hey do you want to hear my Owen Wilson impression?” Instead he couches it in a rather pointless story and follows it up with a rather calculatedly bashful fingers-through-the-hair, as if he didn’t know that the interviewer would absolutely adore him at that point.
I think I’m in love.
Yeah, I see through the nonsense, but it only just makes me admire him as a performer all the more.
Here’s the full interview that this clip comes from:
And here’s him doing the same story and impression in another interview:
The jig is up, Tom!!! haha.