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On Winning Total Film’s Sexiest Actor

Tom Hiddleston in a Tuxedo: old school good looks

On the heels of his honour as Glamour Magazine’s Man of the Year 2012, sovaldi sale  Tom Hiddleston beat out 9 other on-screen hunks to win a poll-based vote for “sexiest actor” on Total Film magazine’s website.

I’m going to copy-paste the whole writeup, because I don’t trust online magazines to keep their content safe even in the medium term:

We spoke to Hiddleston to find out what he made of being voted your Sexiest Actor Right Now…

What’s it like to beat the likes of Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt and George Clooney to the title of Total Film‘s Sexiest Actor?

“It’s insane. It basically doesn’t make any sense. When I was a teenager, my sister had a poster of Brad Pitt from Legends Of The Fall on her bedroom wall. I also thought it was generally accepted that George Clooney was some kind of gold standard? And doesn’t Robert Pattinson inspire mayhem and delirium wherever he goes?

“I suppose my question is: Are you sure? If you are sure, then I am very flattered. VERY. Thank you, ladies. You are women of impeccable taste and style. My god, you know how to make a man feel good.”

Could you have ever dreamt of inspiring so many hearts to flutter when you were growing up?

“Absolutely not. My sister used to say I had hair like a broom. She meant it in a nice way. In the nice way that sisters do. She was probably right. But sincerely, no.

“One of the great flaws that we all share is that we think everyone else is cooler, everyone else is sexier; everyone else has all the answers. That was me too.”

A dangerous edge is often equated with being sexy… which surely makes Loki super-hot! Do you think of him as devilishly attractive when you play him?

“No! I defer credit entirely to the hair and make-up department. I just play the character: his intellect; his lone wolf independence; his mischief. Mischief is danger, I suppose; mischief is edge.

“The strangely admirable thing about Loki is that he doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. I’ve always found that quality really sexy in women. Self-possession. Quiet confidence. An acceptance of difference. A certain… mischief. A sense that things could be a little “exciting”. I think I should stop there!”

I think Hiddleston has definitely hit upon something there — the mischief, the self-possession, the sense of the potential for exciting “things”.  🙂

But he’s also still selling himself short. Certainly Loki fired up a lot of new fans, but it’s Tom Hiddleston who won the poll, and the most cursory examination of Tumblr shows that he is well liked in all his incarnations.

Then again — and I’m going to dive into some heretical territory here — there’s something to the characteristics of Hiddleston’s fanbase that make him more likely to win an internet-based, “democratic” vote. Hiddleston most certainly has an army, and they were quick to mobilize.

(Insert countless Twitter screenshots here…)

Far from the first time that a somewhat “adorkable” fan favorite has won an online poll-based contest for attractiveness, John Linnell may have been the first to experience the power of an internet-savvy fan base — way back in 1998. He came in 9th place out of a cast of 1000 in a People Magazine poll for “Most Beautiful People”, and had the following to say about online voting in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, starting with “I’m a middle-aged accordion player…”

John Linnell middle aged accordion player

And Linnell STILL gets fan vids made of him.

Meanwhile, more traditionally handsome actors like (you know I am going to say) Brad Pitt get more of the big magazine time, but a lot less of the obsessive fangirling. Doing a YouTube search for “Brad Pitt fan vid” reveals more Angelina Jolie than anything else.  (I could be wrong though; this is all a very superficial examination. I want to dig deeper.)

I’m not saying Hiddleston ain’t all that. (I made a freaking Tom Hiddleston website, didn’t I?) But I am saying that there’s a peculiarity to his star power that has to do with the type of fans he has inspired.

I’ll certainly have more to say about this in the near future.