Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tom Hiddleston Quotes

1. I have two sisters - one older, one younger - and I love them very much. Unlike with Loki and Thor, I've never tried to kill them.

2. If you play it straight it's funny - the best comedy is always played straight down the middle. The adjustment is understanding from the screenplay that a moment is hilarious.

3. I'm terrified of sharks. Nature has designed the ultimate killing machine. I love swimming in the sea and don't think about sharks until I'm the furthest person out from the shoreline and then the John Williams Jaws theme starts in my head.

4. You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.

5. I never like to make plans. It's nice to just hang.

6. This generation has lost the true meaning of romance. There are so many songs that disrespect women. You can't treat the woman you love as a piece of meat. You should treat your love like a princess. Give her love songs, something with real meaning. Maybe I'm old fashioned but to respect the woman you love should be a priority.

7. If you are at a boys' school, especially, there is a level of bravado that you have to keep up otherwise you'll get picked on.

8. Never, ever, let anyone tell you what you can and can't do. Prove the cynics wrong. Pity them for they have no imagination. The sky's the limit. Your sky. Your limit. Now. Let's dance.

9. I don't think anyone, until their soul leaves their body, is past the point of no return.

10. Haters never win. I just think that's true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end.

11. Everything's a choice. Nobody's born good. Nobody's born evil. It's always a choice.

12. Actors can't call themselves actors without an audience to watch them, and the idea that you're all out there and believing in the work I do is a source of enormous pride.

13. Our job is to represent the truth of human nature, whether you're playing a tender love story that's set in a coffee shop or whether you're in "The Avengers," which is set in a Manhattan which is exploding.

14. I try not to make plans. God always laughs at your plans. I'm going to keep the door open, and keep the page blank, and see what gets painted upon it.

15. 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.

16. Within us there is the capacity of being anyone or anything.

17. Chris Hemsworth is like Christopher Reeve in that he can do two things: he can wear a big red cape without a shred of self-consciousness. But he's also funny as hell, and he's so sweet. So with all the fish-out-of-water stuff, he's so funny. So he does almost two jobs in a way.

18. Love your life. Because your life is what you have to give.

19. Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings - stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility.

20. Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming.

21. Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't.

22. The thing about playing gods, whether you're playing Thor and Loki or Greco Roman gods or Indian gods or characters in any mythology, the reason that gods were invented was because they were basically larger versions of ourselves.

23. I think cruelty is just loneliness disguised as bitterness.

24. Showing young children in these communities, that there are outlets for their feelings, that there is room in a space for their stories to be told, and that they will be applauded - and it's not about ego, it's about connection: that their pain is everybody else's pain.

25. People love escapism and there should be a place for it.

26. I've done my share of period stuff. I'm not sure why, but people say I have a period face. The bread and butter of British TV is Jane Austen adaptations and bridges and bonnets and boats and horses.

27. For myself, for a long time…maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn't worth hearing, and I think everyone's voice is worth hearing. So if you've got something to say, say it from the rooftops.

28. It was quite a European war until 1917, when the Americans joined up. They don't have the same sense of the loss of innocence and the cataclysmic loss of life. A whole generation was wiped out.

29. We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one.

30. You fall in love with a possibility - a film, a character, a project - there's no self persuasion. It's just: "I have to do that, and that's where I'm going".

31. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other's, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.

32. Somehow the past is a safe place to explore our collective cultural neuroses.

33. Joanna points her camera at a section of society unused to having cameras pointed at it. But I don't know about categorizing them in terms of class; I'm a bit wary of that. My dad is the son of a shipbuilder.

34. Make love, not war. Unless you're Loki, in which case: do what you want.

35. I belong where there are mountains and snow and clear, crisp blue skies.

36. Tony Stark in "Iron Man" helped wider audiences finally embrace the enormous talent of Robert Downey Jr.

37. I am an optimist…I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better.

38. Some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in "Batman"; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the "X-Men", who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

39. I've always been plagued by this question: "What is the best use of my time on this planet?"

40. I think everyone should pursue their dreams. Whether you want to play football, act, sing, become a writer or whatever you have burning inside you as you're growing up, you should pursue it.

41. What I can promise is that it's not the old recipe reheat in the microwave - we are cooking up something very new. 

42. When people don't like themselves very much, they have to make up for it. The classic bully was actually a victim first.

43. You have to absorb the feeling behind the words and perform the actions in between them.

44. I did a production of "Journey's End," an RC Sherriff play about World War I, at the Edinburgh Festival. I was 18 and it was the first time that people I knew and loved and respected came up to me after the show and said: "You know, you could really do this if you wanted to."

45. There's a part of every actor who is basically still a five year-old child.

46. I'm an eternal realist and the success rate for being an actor is pretty low.

47. I can be pretty menacing. I can go there. I'm the prankster. I'm the god - of mischief.

48. I think we all see ourselves as the heroes in our own lives.

49. The funny thing about that cup is, uh, there is no gas in the engine. There's no caffeine in it. It's a decaf.

50. There's basically an app for everything, but there's no app for acting.

51. I took the caffeine out. I decaffed it. Decaffeinato. Decaffeinated.

52. Since my education, I've done quite untraditional things. There are very few Etonians who went to Rada. And far fewer Etonians - certainly when I was there - went to Cambridge. I don't know whether it's the same now. Most people I knew went to Oxford, because it seemed more of an easy bridge.

53. People think that Loki is a huge stretch for me, but, um, actually I'm quite like Loki. I like a good prank. I'm a bit of a prankster. 

54. It's like playing tennis, you play a different rally with different people. Every actor is different and the chemistry between actors is different.

55. Actors do tend to get pigeonholed. People want to know who you are so they can put you in a box. It's lovely to be known for such diametrically opposite roles.

56. Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight" quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.

57. I grew up watching "Superman." As a child, when I first learned to dive into a swimming pool, I wasn't diving, I was flying, like Superman. I used to dream of rescuing a girl I had a crush on from a playground bully.

58. I'd love to do a western too, which may seem unlikely, but once upon a time I wasn't a likely candidate for Loki either.

59. With any role, you're extending yourself and acting out things that never happened to you.

60. I'd love to see "The Avengers" with Robert Downey, Jr. playing Loki and Clark Gregg playing "Thor" and I play Captain America.

61. I'm really tickled by what happens between the Hulk and Loki at the end. It's really funny.

62. It sounds cliched, but superheroes can be lonely, vain, arrogant and proud. Often they overcome these human frailties for the greater good.

63. I'm sort of a sentimental old goat and I find myself cheering them all on. I think I deserve it.

64. I always found the extraordinary loss of life in the First World War very moving. I remember learning about it as a very young child, as an eight- or nine-year-old, asking my teachers what poppies were for. Every year the teachers would suddenly wear these red paper flowers in their lapels, and I would say: "What does that mean?"

65. If the Loki in "Thor" was about a spiritual confusion - "Who am I? How do I belong in this world?" - the Loki in "Avengers" is: "I know exactly who I am, and I'm going to make this world belong to me."

66. Working with Terence Davies was heaven. He has the wisdom of a sage and the innocence of a boy.

67. I love the acting community at Cambridge. It's really quite committed and serious, since the days of Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen right through to Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie.

68. You look at the greatest villains in human history, the fascists, the autocrats, they all wanted people to kneel before them because they don't love themselves enough.

69. I was informed yesterday that there's a Twitter account for my laugh. Very hard to get used to things like that. Pretty amazing.

70. The thing about human beings is they are constantly inconstant.

71. I thought theater people wouldn't see me if I hadn't trained. I didn't want to just be the Brideshead guy, to spend the rest of my life wearing waistcoats. I got the chance to try everything. Not just Romeos, but pimps and grandfathers and even one role as a woman in a Naomi Wallace play called "Slaughter City".

72. When I left the theatre, the humanity in those stories made me feel less alone.

73. My father and I used to tussle about me becoming an actor. He's from strong, Presbyterian Scottish working-class stock, and he used to sit me down and say: "You know, 99 percent of actors are out of work. You've been educated, so why do you want to spend your life pretending to be someone else when you could be your own man?"

74. Loki's eternal predilection is to dance on the fault lines of villainy and redemption. 

75. I was so lucky because what I did in "Thor" was I built the character from the ground up - the foundations of his spirit, really. He was someone who was born with an expectation that he would one day be a king, born with an entitlement.

76. (on horse-riding) It's like driving fast in a car, but the car is alive…It's a hell of an adrenaline rush.

77. In "Thor," that was my own hair. I grew it out. But I have naturally curly, blonde hair, so I'll never look like that. By the time I got to "The Avengers," I had come off two other films, which required me to have it very short. So I dyed it again and it was long enough to use a part of my hairline.

78. My favorite TV show of all time is an old British comedy called "Fawlty Towers".

79. Loki in "Thor" is the most incredible springboard into a sort of excavation of the darker aspects of human nature. So that was thrilling, coming back knowing that I'd built the boat and now I could set sail into choppier waters.

80. I am desperate to do a comedy now.

81. Maybe both of us a little bit later in life are starting to understand style. I think it comes hand in hand with having a visual imagination. When you work in film, you begin to understand that how people construct themselves is fascinating, and can often tell you a lot about who the person is.

82. (on his older sister) She's a journalist, and she lives in India, actually.

83. The dream is to keep surprising yourself, never mind the audience.

84. Lemon drizzle is my favorite! 

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