My blockbuster movie season started with a bang when I saw The Avengers back in May. I walked into the theater primarily excited to see Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. and walked out thinking, “who is this Tom Hiddleston guy and where has he been all my life?” As luck would have it, I had seen Tom before as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I actually couldn’t believe it was the same actor. Tom Hiddleston can be charming, sinister, and vulnerable all at the same time and I think that’s what makes him so special.
It’s no secret that The Avengers has an abundance of man candy in its cast. When all the actors share a scene, it’s a little overwhelming and actually somewhat absurd to see so many attractive people in one film. And while I adore Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and my beloved Jeremy Renner, the one who really stole the show for me was Tom Hiddleston.
I first saw Tom as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and after seeing his performance in The Avengers, I was blown away by the man’s range and how phenomenal he was in such contrasting roles. I heard Tom say in an interview that he was worried about getting the all black dye out of his hair from playing Loki in Thor before he was scheduled to start filming Midnight in Paris. I would say he achieved that goal and then some. Not many actors could pull off back-to-back roles as a sinister mythological supervillain and one of the most famous literary figures in American history. Man candy can go a long way, but that little something extra can turn a good film into a great one.