I veckan släpps "Joss Whedon: The Biography", boken som lär bli ett måste för alla som diggar mannen bakom "Buffy", "Firefly" och "The Avengers". Bland annat kan vi läsa om det första manusutkastet som Whedon helt enkelt vägrade att filma. Men också om ett fantastiskt mail han fick från Tom Hiddleston (Loki) efter att själv ha skrivit om superhjältefilmen.
Nu har mailet i sin helhet publicerats på nätet där det hyllas av filmnördar. Som om vi inte redan älskade Tom Hiddleston tillräckligt?
Vi låter det vara oöversatt:
Joss, I am so excited I can hardly speak.
The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn't know where to start. Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: "real menace"; "field of obeisance"; "discontented, nothing is enough"; "his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull"; "Puny god".
... Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason... It's high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the "real menace" and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It's grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I've ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy.
I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandizement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence.... That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.
... But really I'm just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don't do. It's epic.
Joss Whedon skickade en fistbump tillbaka med de här orden:
Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn't be more pleased at your reaction, but I'll also tell you I'm still working on it ... Thank you again. I'm so glad you're pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.
Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.
Marvels "The Avengers" blev en av tidernas allra mest framgångsrika filmer med över 1,5 miljarder dollar i intäkter. Nästa år kommer uppföljaren, dessvärre verkar den få klara sig utan Tom Hiddlestons Loki. Men händelserna i slutet av "Thor: The Dark World" lämnar fortfarande några frågor obesvarade, så vi har nog inte sett det sista av denne "Hans Gruber med superkrafter", eller vad tror ni?