Tom Hiddleston was at the TCA yesterday to promote The Hollow Crown. It’s a series of Shakespeare adaptations – Richard II, Henry IV Pt 1, Henry IV Pt 2, Henry V – that aired last year on the BBC and will air in North America on PBS. I can’t wait to see it. They’re calling it a massive scale production – in relation to the budgets they normally have to work with. It’s Shakespeare epic styles. All that beautiful language, the eternal theme of the irresistible, corruptible temptation of power …and done with money!

Anyway, Hiddleston is also featured in the New Hollywood issue of Entertainment Weekly confirming that Loki will NOT be in The Avengers 2.

“Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one. When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasn’t in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy. I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it’s a shame for me. And let’s face it, there’s seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen’s gonna be a busy place. But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever.”

I like this. I like that he’s not trying to make it last forever. I hope it means he won’t be showing up year after year at Comic-Con like Johnny Drama because he needs a hit of attention. Or… will he?

Recalled Hiddleston of a sighting recently:

”I was going through the security machines at Heathrow, and the guard’s eyes went wide, and he said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Loki! Then the whole line turned around. It turned into Comic-Con. But I always say, an actor cannot call himself an actor without an audience.”

Hiddleston also talked to Entertainment Weekly about his fangirls aren’t just limited to civilians. They’re celebrities too:

“I met David O. Russell for dinner when he was in London for Silver Linings Playbook. I just wanted to tell him how much I loved the film. And he basically spent an hour telling me why he thinks Midnight in Paris is the greatest film that’s been made in the last 20 years, and he insisted on taking a picture because he was such a fan of Fitzgerald. And I wanted to say, ‘David, can you please stop? I need to tell you how great your film is!’”

You know what that is?

That’s re-tweeting a compliment.

I wish Tom Hiddleston – so talented, such a wonderfully enigmatic actor – didn’t feel like he had to retweet compliments like… like… Kellan Lutz.