So…Tom Hiddleston is apparently pretty awesome.
He wrote an essay for The Guardian last week, in which he outs himself as a fanboy and defends superhero films as worthy art. After hearing an anecdote about Christopher Reeve being mocked by his Julliard classmates for accepting the role of Superman, Hiddleston laments the second-class status given by some to superhero movies.
Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility…superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored. In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out…It’s the everyday stuff of every man’s life, and we love it.
Read the entire article here. As both an actor and superhero fan, I found it pretty inspiring. Thanks Tom!