McDreamy Is Back! Patrick Dempsey Reunites with Grey’s Anatomy Costar Kate Walsh — for an Amazing Cause | People
Dr. Derek Shepherd is alive, well, and as McDreamy as ever.
At least, in Cigna‘s new TV Doctors of America ad campaign promoting preventative care and yearly check-ups to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index.
Patrick Dempsey spoofs his character alongside other famous, fictional M.D.s Neil Patrick Harris (Dougie Howser), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and — surprise! — his Grey’s Anatomy ex-wife Kate Walsh.
“Kate’s fun, and her comic timing is amazing,” Dempsey, who left Grey’s fans heartbroken when his charismatic neurosurgeon died in a car crash in season 11, tells PEOPLE of reuniting with the actress. “We were always playful on set anyway, and then we would get serious, but this was fun just to be playful and to make each other laugh.”
Despite the spot’s cheeky tone, it conveys an important message about taking control of your own health, something Dempsey passionately advocates.
In 2008, the actor opened the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Maine, offering a holistic approach to cancer education and support for those battling the disease and their families.
The center is dedicated to his mother, Amanda, who died in 2014 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Every year, he organizes the Dempsey Challenge, a cycling, running and walking fundraising event. (The 2017 iteration takes place in Lewiston, Maine, from Oct. 7-8.)
“We’re closing in on 10 years soon,” Dempsey says. “It’s a very special experience I think for everyone who participates. Some people are doing it because they themselves have been diagnosed or a family member, they’ve lost someone. There’s an atmosphere and a feeling that is hard to put into words, where everyone is pulling together. There’s an openness, there’s a loving community, and we’re all rolling along on bikes. We have these wonderful moments with people that are very special, and I think so many people have been touched by cancer and how it affects them. It’s such a devastating disease.”
“When we set out to start this, we had no idea that it would be as successful as it is,” he adds, “and that allows us to make sure that all of our services are free to the people who come through the door and we can give them the best quality of life and empower them and make them feel strong in whatever way we can.”
Dempsey is also returning to the small screen in EPIX’s 10-episode adaptation of Joël Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
Two months into shooting, he’s acting out of his rom-com leading man comfort zone — and couldn’t be more thrilled, calling the set “sublime.”
“Jean-Jacques Annaud is just one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with in my life, and the experience has been challenging and enjoyable,” Dempsey says. “The cast is extraordinary, and it’s a different character. It’s a much darker piece. It’s very much a romantic thriller, and it’s an opportunity to do something a little bit darker, a little bit edgier, and at the same time have romantic qualities to it that I think people that enjoyed Grey’s will hopefully enjoy. But it certainly will challenge the audience.”
so my guidance counselor was extremely homophobic and racist and had been an ass to everyone at my school for YEARS. it’s a k-12 school so most of us have dealt with her since we were little. last year she put fliers up around the school that said, “i love my guidance counselor because ____” and there was room for everyone to write why we loved her right. well, one super sneaky kid decided to sneak into her office, put weed in her bag, then write on the sign “because she’s the best plug EVER.” the director of the school saw it and went through all the guidance counselor’s belongings just to make sure it was just a joke and the bitch ended up getting fired !
Prompt: Imagine your friend, Anthony Mackie, brings you with him to an event and introduces you to his friend, Sebastian, who’s blown away by you. He immediately starts flirting and acting silly because you make him nervous and he just wants to impress you
Warnings: flirting (adult style), language (always, with me, come on), and drama (later on in the fic)
Word Count: 1612
Notes: If anyone has kids or wives out of the celebrities mentioned, in this universe, they sort of don’t exist….Just for the sake of keeping it concise. Beta’d by @like-a-bag-of-potatoes (because shes perfectly amazing) and I could NOT, not, just not have done any of this at all without my amazing girl, @amarvelouswritings
After a few days of sorting out Seb’s pay, schedule, and lines, finally, he was working with you. It was a slow process because he didn’t have much time to prepare, so you gave him as much time and patience to work as you could grant him. He did everything splendidly though.
During filming, you found yourselves always having lunch together. Having Sebastian on set was like a god send, a way to get your mind off your asshole producer who was always on your ass. So lunch with Sebastian was something you looked forward to every day. You always had something to talk about from work to hobbies to funny things you saw online to interactions with the new Marvel cast you were becoming quick friends with. He always seemed to find ways to brighten your day in the tiniest ways too, from bringing you your favorite drink, taking you to a good restaurant nearby, surprising you with a little bag of chocolates.
What do you do when the
only place you had left to go was the last place you wanted to be? When you
were no longer comfortable in the place you called home? There had never been a
second, she thought she wouldn’t return. But, in that one night everything had
changed for Jae-eun. She wouldn’t walk the halls with confidence, she wouldn’t
wander around on quiet days with random thoughts and a song in her head. She
could no longer imagine a time when she wouldn’t be on edge, waiting for him to
turn a corner.
She’d stayed the night in
Chanyeol’s bed, while he lay in a sleeping bag on the floor beside her, holding
the hand she hung off the edge of the bed as she cried herself to sleep. He
told her about Mi-sun. How they met in college her first year, Kyungsoo’s second.
How they were friends for three years before he finally confessed. Mi-sun lead
him believe they would be together when she was out of college and back home.
someone try to convince me phil wouldn't be the best movie director ever try ! me!
(i thought this said bee movie director but thats besides the point) i actually think dan would be quite good as a director considering he’s a control freak, which we could see clearly in the making of tabinof video where they were filming the trailer for their book. on the other hand i think phil would be great at writing scripts, post-production, and visual effects since he got his MA degree in those categories. basically phil would be the brains and dan would be the execution
King: Okay, what the hell is wrong with Hamlet? Guildencrantz: No, fucking idea. He is weird, but we don’t know why. King: Okay, new plan. Ophelia, you will stay here and “accidently” walk into Hamlet and we’ll watch you. Ophelia: Okay. Gertrude: Good luck! Really hope my son is madly in love with you! *pinches her cheek*
Everyone but Ophelia leaves and Hamlet comes in.
Hamlet: To be or not to be. If I kill myself, is death like sleep? And if I already feel bad now, do I get nightmares when I’m dead? Everything is so awful and my life is such a burden. Oh god. I just want to die. The more I think about it, the more I’m afraid of it. Woe is me. – Oh, Ophelia is here. Ophelia *waving the book that her dad made her read, so that she looks “intelligent and not just hot”*: HI! *shit was that weird? Do I look natural? Act natural! This is not a set-up. Our dads are not hiding behind that curtain. Shit, the socks of my dad are really ugly!* Hamlet: Hey, hey, hey! Either you’re hot and a slut, or honest and ugly. What is it? Ophelia: *shocked* What? Hamlet: I never loved you. So fuck off! Ophelia: I thought you loved me? How could I be such a fool. *stay calm Ophelia. Don’t cry in front of him. He doesn’t deserve to treat you like shit. You are worth so much more than him. Only one more moment and you can cry all you want* Hamlet: *shrugs* Your problem. I’m mad. MAD! *wents away* Ophelia: *still stunned* He totally lost it and that breaks my heart. (Seriously. Poor Ophelia. Her boyfriend could have simply have broken up with her. No, he needs to humiliate and hurt her. And still insists that she never should have anyone else. Hamlet is a super asshole.)
King and Polonius come back.
King: Well, he’s obviously not in love with her. That guy is mental. We have to get rid of him. Polonius: I’m still convinced that he got mad, because Ophelia rejected him! (Yay, you both win prizes for fathers of the year. Do you have any heart? Obviously not.)
Hamlet and the players
Hamlet: I’m the best director ever! (And Shakespeare is a show-off. No reason whatsoever for this, but his Gary Stue named Hamlet is good at everything and now teaches famous actors: speak normal, don’t scream, don’t wave your arms like a windmill, don’t exaggerate so much, less is more.)
*everyone prepares the play*
Hamlet: Horatio! Horatio: Here. Hamlet: You’re the only one I trust. I have this great plan. I will make everyone watch the play tonight that is exactly what the ghost told me, and you and I will watch my uncle and if he flinches he is the murderer. (Yes, Shakespeare. We got it. No need to make this story a big monologue again! Oh, too late.)
*everyone comes back to watch the play*
Polonius: Did I ever tell you how I was this great actor in my youth? At university! (No, one is interested in your stories. No, one. So shut up! *me drags away Guildencrantz who try to kiss up to everyone*)
Hamlet tries to cuddle with Ophelia
Ophelia: *this is awkward* You seem fine now. Hamlet: Nah, I’m only joking. Or am I? Maybe I’m flirting. ;) Nah. Ophelia: *awkward* *don’t do anything to set him off again* (Poor Ophelia. Hamlet is the typical abusive boyfriend and now she doesn’t know what to do. RUN!)
*CUT* Here would be the whole play in play, that was already played once, the changes discussed, the reasons about it explained twice already. *I love Shakespeare, but I hate this scene. Another half hour in an already very long play. Explain it or show it. The audience isn’t dumb. *
*Claudius storms off*
Horatio and Hamlet: Claudius hates the play. He was the killer! (Really? Maybe you are just a bad director. And writer. And overall not as brilliant as you pretended. Nah. Okay. Just joking. ;D) Guildencrantz: What an end to the evening. Claudius and Gertrude are in their respective rooms and your mum wants to see you.
King to Guildencrantz: I hate that guy Hamlet. You go with him to England.
Guildencrantz leave and Claudius is alone
Claudius: Yeah, I killed my brother and I’m the villain. Now I’m king and married my sister-in-law. But sorry? I mean it is two months already, get over it! Let’s pray it away. Hamlet: I should kill him! Shit. Can’t do that while he’s praying. Maybe later.
Polonius: The mad Hamlet will be here shortly. Make a scene and I’m your bodyguard behind this curtain. Hamlet: Hey, mother. Or aunt. Whatever. You’re a slut and a liar and a whore! Are you also a murderess? Gertrude: How dare you speak that way with your mother! Hamlet: I speak that way, because your new husband killed my dad! Gertrude: ?? Hamlet: Whore. Murderess. Slut. You disgust me. Is my uncle good in bed? Can’t be. You’re old. So sick! Fucking the murderer of my dad. How can you look in the mirror? Heh? Gertrude: SHUT UP! I don’t want to think about it. Ghost flies by: Woohooo! You have a mission! Don’t forget about me! Gertrude: Is there something? Hamlet: Just your husband. My dad. As a ghost. - Wait, you don’t see him? RIGHT THERE? He tells me to kill you! Gertrude: You’re truly mad. Hamlet: But first I kill the rat that was behind this curtain all the time. Die!
*stabs Polonius behind the curtain* (Hamlet, you get a star. It says “You tried”.)
Hamlet: Whoopsy. Wrong guy. Oh well, I’m off to England anyway, with my friends that are supposed to kill me. Bye!
Gertrude is having a nervous breakdown. Probably. I would.
And so in Act 3 everything went to shit. From a slightly dysfunctional family, to total disaster. Well done, Hamlet. You’re the hero. Truly.
your jobs are cool! may i ask, what do you have to major in to be able to work as a character designer? I'd like to work in a similar field, but i dont know where or how to start
Thank you very much for your support :)
I m french, I love speaking english, but please forgive me if there is some english spoken mistakes :
To answer your question I would like to give you some advices and not a tutorial about how to become a character designer or how to draw cool stuff. You can find many tips about graphic design all over tumblr I suppose :)
I have to say that I m teacher since a long time, and more recently I had the chance to teach through Gobelins school as character design/ storyteller teacher.
I would prefer to share with you some informations that nobody use to share but who are much more important than graphic tutorials so I recommand people who read this post to share it a lot :)
I think the most important things I have understood to become art director / character designer is :
1/ practicing, I guess you have to find tutorials about drawing, you have to find life drawing lessons, you have to practice life drawing a lot, nude drawing a lot, you have to find a way to tell a lot of stories, thrygh comicbooks, animations, writing books, fiming..
2/ always focusing first on storytelling in your character design, and not only about “esthetic” , (I will talk more about it below)
3/ and staying curious of discovering many different influences from every kind of Arts or cultures or ages. (I will talk more about it below)
To be franck, I didn’t learn this job through my art school (Gobelins), but through my differents jobs as storyartist, comicker, character designer in real productions.
I mean that you can not do a proper design if you don’t have a strong story behind.
I also mean that my skills as a storyteller (storyartist, writer) are absolutely essential to be a good character designer / art director. for sure, 100%. I have became a better art director when I became a better storyteller (and I still have so much to learn of course)
A good design has to tell a good story. If not, whatever this design is good looking and with nice shapes, with nice brush photoshop made, it is not a good design but a vain design. You can not become a good character designer and less a good art director if you don’t understand that deeply.
The designs below from Ratatouille Pixar movie, are not about doing great esthetic designs (but they are also great good looking in that example) but they are first of all, created from a great story and created to push the story and to tell the story : you can understand relatonships, behaviours of each character, who is main character, who is second character, through these line up (below)
Pixar artists doesn’t care about puting graphic details, cool
details, they remove all the details who don’t push their story deeper. Pixar artists care about what they are talking about. They want to stay readable, clear, coherent, meaningfull for the audience.
This is the main difference between them and for example most of the
designers from video games who lost themself in too many meaningless
details in their designs (I love video games by the way^^ but they are
not good example for you to follow to become a good designer for
A good design has to be readable in one second, does not need subtitles to be uderstandable to an audience. that’s all. the rest is vain.
in a word : a good design is like an ICON, it has to become iconic. For
that purpose,you have to create a strong synopsis, a strong story then
to imagine from that story a strong, pure concept, pure idea to illustrate this story through one or several designs.
so a good design is about thinking good, not really drawing good… :))
some other great and iconic designs readable in one second without knowing the movie, yes they are not drawing but it does not matter :
So : Do your personal stories, practice scriptwriting as much as drawing, all the time . As you can see, my last design are done from my personal project. I never split drawing and scriptwriting.
I mean don’t wait to get an art school to practice seriously, don’t wait to get a great job as character designer to practice. Practice seriously through many personal projects that you write yourself. So great companies and projects will come to you.^^
learn how to write story through many scenario book or filming book:
here some books I suggest you to read as soon as possible and as much as possible:
in english I guess it is this one: but I m not certain sorry:
This book from Eisenstein is the most important book I have read about storytelling, and nobody knows it. Thomas Astruc, “Miraculous” creator, is the one who told me about it. There is a lot of books about scenario, storyboard, but none of them will learn you how about filming. This book explain you how the great director put deep meaning in their filming. This book tells about the scenography in a sequence. It explain you how to put meanings everywhere in a story, from the background design, through the character design, and to the storyboard of course.
Why this book in particular? because it is made from “the Poetic” from Aristote. It is a very shematic book, hard to read, just take your time, take notes, make some exercices from it to understand it. It learnt me a mental grammar about how to think about a story.
so: conclusion : I have done a whole feature film screenplay about this personal project. My design are really stronger because they are made from a proper and strong story. This is the most important advice I could give to you.
My deep meaning is : a good drawing means something, tell a story. A good drawing is a drawing that you have thought about before you have started to draw.
Then I can give you some advices about my method of course but believe me, they are nothing compared to thoss about storytelling:
_ gather a lot of documentation and materials when you want to create a design. avoiding cliché is knowling deeply your subject. As I m doing a story about russian revolution and I m not russian, I try to gather many many information about the russian history , russian mythology, russian revolution, russian clothesabout this century, russian people…. This is not only about esthetic materials but about feeling the whole picture of your subject. so you have to read a lot, not only gather pictures.
_ Avoid to follow the “mode” but mix it.^^
I suppose you know we can not create stuff from nothing. We have to start from some pointin Art. But :
To create a new and interesting stuff, you have to mix two ancients stuff (at least) , not starting from only one influence.
My graphic style is a mix between many many influences. I don’t do “japanese stuff”, or “disney stuff”, or “comics stuff”, or “european stuff”, I have mixed everything I have learnt in my life.
Try to stay very curious of all kind of influences ; not only animation but Art in general, litterature, arcitecture, cinema, travelling, history of Arts (I have a History of art 2nd college degree which helps me a lot in my graphic researches). Try to stay open minded in every kind of cultures.
By example : Tezuka, creator of the manga, was very influenced by Disney. Kurosawa, best director ever, was very influenced by american cinema, georges lucas was very influenced by Kurosawa when he did Star Wars…..etc…
Try to discover as many art pieces as you can, never give up that in you whole life to stay inspired.
Personally I ma big fan of History, History of Arts, History of whatever in general. This is the main material I use for my work.^^
For that purpose , try to read many books, old books, shakespeare, Dostoievski, Homere, mythology books, whatever you want but really meaningfull books not only recent best seller(which are great of course^^ but do not focus only on them). this is a main part of your work , this is not lazyness don’t worry^^
same for movies: you can not tell good stories if you have nothing to tell :D : take the time to watch as many movies as you can, this is a main part of your work , this is not lazyness don’t worry^^ :
here some directors I love:
_ Jonnhie To
_ Nicolas Winding Refn
_ Mc Tiernam
My favorite movies :
_ Pusher II
_ Silence of the lambs
_ Dersu Uzala
_ 10 commandements
_ Kaguya princess
_ Mad max fury road
_ die hard 1
_ Compare yourself with the best artists in the world, not with your classmate in your artschool. If you want to be the best, and do the best production, be demanding and challenge yourself. Comapre your stuff to Pixar, Laika, Dreamworks, oldschool japanese mangaka and animator, ancient painters. Ask yourself why they are better than me? What should I do to improve myself? a lot of answer are not in the esthetic way but in the storytelling way believe me.^^
_ Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid to bother professional artists, show your work to professional as much as you can, ask them advice, be respectful with them and do whatever they will tell you to do to improve yourself. The only way to thank a teacher or a professional who helps you is to work harder and to follow his advices hardly.
_ Work full time, this is like a olympic game, this is serious : you have to be the best to get that kind of extremely competitive job. You need to implicate yourself a lot. You need to find a routine, you can’t work part time for this job. stay very implicated, stay extremely enthousiast.
_ To become better than other, that’s simple : work twice, triple more than other students. really. When a teacher, your boss seems satisfied, it does not have to be the end of the job.You have to impress people, not only satisfied them. Even if your boss seems satisfied, continue to improve your work after the deadline, until it is really great.
_believe in your potential but stay humble all your life, even after school, keep learning form others, never think you are the best.
Let’s stop for now, I hope it will help you and others people who wants to improve themself :)
Colin at the Venice Film Festival, Nocturnal Animals Red Carpet [x]
Int: Hello, Colin! Good evening and welcome back to Venice. Colin: Thank you. Int: How is it, coming back to this Festival where 9 years ago if I’m not mistaken [e.t. you are, it’s been 7 years], you came, - well you’ve been here other times too-, but 9 years ago you came here with Tom Ford’s “A Single Man”. Now you’re here as a viewer. What kind of Director Tom Ford is, in your opinion since you’ve known him from the beginning? Colin: He might be one of the best Directors I’ve ever worked with. I was in his first film, nobody knew it back then. Now everyone will understand, I think. Being here in Venice with that film was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life, because nobody had seen that film. There was no promo, it was not sold anywhere, it was a “Big Unveiling”, a Debut. Int: What do you think Tom Ford wants to tell about the human nature; he’s one of the strongest, most interesting creative minds of our days. Not only in the film industry, but also in the fashion industry. What is the aspect that he wants to show, Tom Ford, of the human nature? Colin: It’s not a single aspect. He’s a very complicated person. He’s very sophisticated. For him, fashion has meaning, but it’s not enough for him to express himself. So he wanted to express himself as an artist in a different way.
Summary/Prompt: Prompt 3: “Murder wasn’t on today’s agenda.” “It’s not on anyone’s.” “No, it’s on mine, just not until next Thursday.”
Pairing: Bim Trimmer x Reader
Word Count: 1,236
Warnings: none (unless you count slightly sad Bim)
A/N: this takes place straight after the events of ‘Hire My Ass’ and ended up slightly less humorous than I expected (oh well) also,thanks to @rubysnightmare for the request (I hope this is kind of what you had in mind)
[this is also my first fic on here so apologies if it’s kinda average]
Twelve months ago, only fans of the BBC show Wallander or maybe those who saw him in Joanna Hogg’s film Unrelated would’ve picked Tom Hiddleston out of a crowd. The past year has rather changed matters. Rarely, if ever, has a British actor made such an impression so swiftly – working back-to-back with Kenneth Branagh, Woody Allen, Terence Davies and now Steven Spielberg, he has not so much made a breakthrough as smashed his way into the public consciousness with all the force of a wrecking ball.
Even he can’t quite fathom it. Recently he went back to Rada, where he trained. “Some of the staff wanted me to come back and give dispatches from the front line, to give an illustration of what students might expect on the other side of their training,” he explains. “I sat in this room where I’d practised sword-fights and sonnets and Stanislavsky and it felt like I was there yesterday. And I remember saying, ‘I’m supposed to be sitting in the chairs where you are, listening to Mike Leigh or Michael Sheen or whomever.’ I couldn’t believe I was the person giving the talk.” k
We first meet in a private members’ club in Covent Garden, where Hiddleston and I have been assigned use of the fourth-floor library. Seated on an orange plastic chair, he’s tall, thin and handsome in an angular sort of way. His eyes are a fierce blue and his forehead high, supporting a mop of tight brown curls. The handshake is firm, the dress sense preppy – brown brogues, black jeans, and a navy blazer fitted over a white T-shirt. With his Eton education, he seems quintessentially English, though his father was born in Greenock. “When Scotland played England [at rugby], I would support Scotland with him,” he confides.
Given that he turns 31 next month, it’s not that Hiddleston is particularly young to achieve his successes. It’s just the rapidity of his rise that is so shocking. Much of it can be contributed to Branagh. After Hiddleston played his fellow detective in Wallander, and acted alongside him in a West End production of Chekhov’s Ivanov, Branagh wanted his co-star for Thor, the 2011 Marvel Comics blockbuster that he (rather surprisingly) directed. Hiddleston was earmarked for the role of Loki, the god of mischief in Norse mythology and the film’s main antagonist.
He was brought in by Branagh to read for the role, and when the studio executives saw the audition tape, they went wild. “They said, 'Who is that guy? Why haven’t we heard of him before?’” It was a question the rest of Hollywood has since been asking. Woody Allen got in quickly, writing him a letter to ask him to play F Scott Fitzgerald in his delightful fantasy Midnight in Paris. “I didn’t audition,” says Hiddleston. “I didn’t even know he was making a film. He just said, 'Dear Tom, here’s the script, I’d love you to play the part. We’re shooting in Paris in the summer.’”
Also cast in Terence Davies’ recent Terence Rattigan adaptation The Deep Blue Sea (playing Rachel Weisz’s lover), at the same time, he got the call to meet Spielberg for his new film, the First World War epic War Horse. “I remember going home that night and thinking 'What is happening to my life? How did I get here? I’m about to meet one of my heroes! Don’t fuck it up!’” He didn’t. By the time they finished, Spielberg leant across the table and offered him the film there and then. “I nearly whooped, wept, laughed and cried.” Even his agents were shocked.
Then again, it’s not hard to see what entranced Spielberg. Hiddleston must have seemed perfect for the role of the noble British officer, Captain Nicholls. He may not have any military experience, but it’s in his blood. His paternal grandfather was in the Royal Artillery, while his mother’s father was in the Navy. His own father, a scientist by trade, once ran a company that supplied artificial limbs to soldiers returning from the Falklands. Then there’s his father’s great uncle – the last Tom Hiddleston in the family – who was a sergeant in the British Army before he was killed in action, in 1916.
“I always found the extraordinary loss of life in the First World War very moving,” he says. “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?’ And in history, the next thing you learnt was that there was this terrible, terrible war, from 1914 to 1918, when the country lost an entire generation of young men. And I remember that really affecting me at a very young age.”
As a child, Hiddleston’s “musical instrument of choice” was the trumpet. When he was 12, he was selected at school to play the Last Post on Remembrance Sunday. “I remember feeling the weight of that,” he says. “That I was heralding the two minutes’ silence.” He even told Spielberg that “Americans don’t really understand” the British attitude to the Great War. “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.”
Though on one level an old-fashioned family film, War Horse doesn’t shrink from the reality, with jaw-dropping battle scenes every bit as shocking as Spielberg’s own Saving Private Ryan. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo (already the inspiration for a hit play), the story follows a horse bought by a Devon farmer (played by Peter Mullan) and raised by his son Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who names him Joey. When war breaks, the steed is sold to Captain Nicholls – “this agent of separation”, as Hiddleston calls him, “who divorces the horse from his boy”.
Hiddleston plays Nicholls with just the right level of nobility, promising to get Joey back to Albert when the war ends. “Other writers might have made him quite bluff, disciplinarian and possibly cruel. But Michael Morpurgo makes him kindly and decent, upstanding and modest, which I found very moving. That was one of the things that attracted me to the part. Having dug around in so much damage as Loki, here was a man with such a sensitive soul who found himself in uniform, and fighting on the front line.”
Hiddleston will be returning to the “wounded, troubled pain and volatility” of Loki this summer. After watching Thor emerge as one of last summer’s biggest hits (it took $450m globally), he is now the lead villain in The Avengers – which, if you’re a fan of the Marvel Comics universe at least, will be the blockbuster movie to end them all. It pits the all-conquering Loki against the titular posse of superheroes, gathered together from such recent smash-hit films as Iron Man, Captain America and, indeed, Thor.
Not surprisingly, given the exalted company that sort of get-together entails, Hiddleston calls the experience “entirely surreal”. “There was one day when, as Loki, I was sat on some steps, staring at the Avengers in front of me. It would be quite odd just to look at a grouping that involves [such actors as] Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth. But the fact that they were dressed in the most outlandish hero costumes was bizarre! And I thought to myself, 'This is the dizzy heights.’”
Still, he must be getting used to this state of disorientation after the year he’s just had. Ask him to put it into words, and he can only talk in clichés. “It all happened so quickly, I’m just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other,” he tells me. What about fame? Is he worried about losing his anonymity? “I’m trying to cross every bridge when I come to it. I think it would be very dangerous to start planning the date at which I will be unable to go to Sainsbury’s.”
Fortunately, he has a stable upbringing to keep those feet anchored. Born in London, Hiddleston grew up in Wimbledon, the middle child of three (he has an older and younger sister). When he was 10, his parents moved to Oxford, after his father James won a job as managing director of a pharmaceutical biotechnology company with links to the university. “He was really stimulated by being an executive go-between, between these two worlds.”
Before Hiddleston’s mother got pregnant with his elder sister and gave up her work to concentrate on parenthood, she was an arts administrator and casting director for an opera company, having trained as a stage manager. “When I was in my teens, she was always one to suggest possibly going to the Picturehouse [arthouse cinema] rather than the Odeon,” he says. “So she was always peppering my appetite for Jurassic Park and Terminator 2 with an appetite for [Michael Winterbottom’s] Jude or whatever.”
Given this comfortable environment, it’s tempting to look for autobiographical details in Hiddleston’s work. In particular, Archipelago, his second film for Joanna Hogg, a story of upper-middle-class upheaval – or as he puts it, “the implicit tensions and struggles that happen within every family”. His subtle, painful turn as the aimless Edward is arguably his best to date, as the director mined him for information on what it’s like to be a young man of his age. “Joanna asked direct questions: what keeps you up at night? What nags at the corners of your soul in darker moments?”
He may well have thought back to his own family discord, when his parents divorced when he was 12. “It was very difficult and I always say that it made me who I am,” he told one interviewer last year, “because it made me take responsibility for my life and I saw my parents for the first time as human beings, not as perfect love machines. They were both very badly hurt. I mean, it’s hard enough when you’re ending a short-term relationship, isn’t it? I can’t imagine what it’s like to end a 17-year marriage. But I’m so proud of them and I couldn’t do without them and as a result [of the divorce] I have grown-up, intimate relationships with both of them.”
Talking of relationships, there is some confusion I want to clear up with Hiddleston. In the past, it’s been erroneously reported that Hiddleston was secretly married to the actress Susannah Fielding. Already featured in FHM last year, the Hampshire-raised 26-year-old made one of her first screen appearances in an episode of Wallander with Hiddleston back in 2008. Just checking, I say, but are you? “I am definitively not married. That was a big mistake. Don’t know where it came from.” But you are in a relationship right now? “Well, erm, I dunno actually,” he says, shyly. “That’s kind of an awkward answer, isn’t it?”
We leave it at that – after all, Hiddleston is not the sort you find kicking back in the centre pages of OK! magazine, even if his ever-growing circle of female admirers call themselves “Hiddlestoners”.
It was during his school days at Eton that he discovered acting, which he then continued at Cambridge. Reading Classics at Pembroke – the same college that legendary comic Peter Cook went to, he says proudly – he joined the Amateur Dramatic Club. “I love the acting community at Cambridge,” he says. “It’s really quite committed and serious, since the days of Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen right through to Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie.”
From Eton to Cambridge and on to Rada sounds as traditional an English education as you could get, I suggest. “In some ways it does and in some ways it doesn’t. 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.”
Arriving at the time of the Laura Spence affair – the high-flying state-school pupil who was refused a place at Oxford, allegedly because of her working-class background – he says the entrance examiners put him through his paces. “They made sure I was able to think for myself and stand on my own two feet, intellectually. Cambridge is a meritocratic place. I know this sounds odd, but I met more kinds of people there than I’ve probably met in any place in my life. It seemed to be so international, and there were people from all walks of life, all backgrounds. Any chips on any shoulders had to be very swiftly removed, in any direction.”
When we speak for a second time, just before Christmas, Hiddleston has been “knee-deep in mud, blood and warrior poetry”, playing the title role in a new Sam Mendes-produced BBC film of Shakespeare’s Henry V. With plans to shoot Henry IV Part 1 and 2 in early 2012 – in which he will reprise the role as Prince Hal – it truly feels as though he’s taking over from his fellow Rada alumnus Branagh, who famously directed himself in his 1989 film of Henry V. Already dubbed “Branagh’s boy” in the press, Hiddleston clearly sees him as a mentor. “I trust him implicitly,” he says.
I ask whether he chatted with Branagh about taking on the role of Henry V. “Over the years, we’ve talked about it,” he admits. “He was very kind. He sent me an email when he found out. He just said, 'I heard about the Henrys. The very, very best of luck. You’ll have a fantastic time.’ I was going to ask him about it, then I thought, 'I don’t know.’ What I took from that email was that I had his blessing, in a sense. And I do feel Shakespeare is like an Olympic torch that gets passed on from generation to generation.”
Never mind the Bard: Hiddleston has taken the torch from Branagh, it seems, as he goes once more unto the breach.
I know Kagari’s profile was
translated a long time ago, I just decided to translate it myself as well
because it kinda felt incomplete without him and Masaoka so… As they say, for the collection. XDD Since there’s no new info, as a bonus, I
added Kagari’s record from the Dominator shooting history section. It could
serve as another evidence of his death.
“We’re just human refuse who can do nothing but envy the
happiness others have.”
“It’s not for the citizens,
Affiliation: Ministry of Health
and Welfare, Public Safety Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department, Division
December 3, 2090
Age: 22 (the age when he
Tokyo-to, Shin-Chiyoda-ku, Kasumigaseki, 2-1-B, MWPSB
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Hyakunin-chou, B-5-14
Kagari Masanori (relation: father)
2096 ・ Designated a latent criminal during the Physical Examination for 5
years-old children carried out by Ministry of Health and Welfare
・Confined to Hachiouji
Scholarly Ability Certification Exam on secondary school basis
from Hachiouji Rehabilitation Center