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You really need to listen to this week’s Empire Film Podcast immediately. Charlie’s interview begins at 14:50. (Also Paul Bettany later: bonus Vision!)

He spends most of the first 5 minutes excitedly talking about how Daredevil relates to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s outrageously fucking cute.



No 2. Tom Hiddleston | The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars 2013 | Empire (x)

Tall, eloquent and impossibly charming, Hiddleston is so hot right now that – in this vote – he single-handedly defeated every single Avenger and the Man Of Steel for good measure. He also seems to a cheerful and philosophical soul who goes out of his way for his fans, his colleagues and recently for UNICEF. Maybe bad guys really do have more fun.

the empire magazine 50 sexiest men list is a perfect example of why i feel like what the majority of the internet should be ignored on occasion.

sometimes it has good ideas. but sometimes it votes for a list of the 50 hottest dudes with 48 white boys, one of whom is CLEARLY just a hollowed-out human skin balaclava stretched over an anaconda skeleton.

Martin Freeman Pint Of Milk Interview

This interview originally ran in issue 216, June 2007 of Empire magazine.

•You’re at karaoke: what is your song of choice?

I’ll tell you the truth: it used to be Sexual Healing. At drama school I’d go to a Jewish deli every week on Finchley Road and sing songs. It was only loosely Jewish – you didn’t need the beard or anything.

•What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

Raw celery. It’s a fucking disgrace. It’s just awful. It’s not even bland for me; it’s offensive. My taste buds are dead set against it. I suppose people usually say something they had in a bazaar in Saudi Arabia. I just went down to Sainsbury’s.

•What word do you overuse?

I’ve tried to knock swearing on the head a bit because it’s not big or clever, but it’s probably ‘fuck’.

•What one thing do you do better that anyone else you know?

Appreciate music. I like a bit of most things, but not everything. I don’t’ want to limit myself but will I listen to Dido? No, of course not. Queen? No, thank you. But outside family and work, music is my biggest thing.

•What’s the most embarrassing DVD in your collection?

I own every Eddie Murphy film. Not all of them are bad, obviously, but some of them are very poor. My other half’s like a dog with a bone with her films. She thinks they’ll always be good. And I have Bringing Down The House.

•Have you ever knowingly broken the law?

Yes, but in a very minor way.

•Can you expand?

Well, I killed a tramp. But nobody knew who he was, so it’s fine… But no, traffic offences and I’ve taken drugs. So I guess that’s breaking the law, isn’t it?

•Have you ever worn women’s clothing?

Yes. Just for personal pleasure. It was quite nice.

•How much is a pint of milk?

Depends where you go, but I would say about 33p.

•If you had to, would you rather lose an arm or a leg?

I think a leg, but please know that I’m crossing everything when I say this because I wouldn’t lose either.

•If happiness were an animal, what would it be?

A little dog. A miniature dachshund.

•What music would you like played at your funeral?

Maybe Mozart’s Requiem. I’m not one of these people who thinks my funeral should be a jaunty time and like some fucking surf movie. There should be some solemnity.

•On a scale of one to ten, how hairy is your bum?

One, like a baby.

•When was the last time you used public transport?

The night before the last. I got the bus to go to White Hart Lane.

•What was the last movie you walked out of?

I never have. I figure that you can learn from what you hate. I’m fairly driven by hate, unfortunately. I think there’s nothing wrong with having a few things where you can say, “I fucking hate that.” Couldn’t do that if you walked out.

•When were you last naked outdoors?

This morning. Just popped put into the garden to see what sort of day it was, get a bit of air. It was very nice.

Interview by Olly Richards. Photo: Sarah Dunn

Please check it here.

Do you see your Sherlock Holmes retiring to become a beekeeper at some point?

Gatiss: We do speculate about everyone’s availability and how stellar our leads have become. But it would be kind of magic to think our audience could grow old with these characters. And that one day we might find them doing a story at age 50. It’s certainly something to aim for isn’t it?

—  Mark Gatiss in the new Empire Magazine. On sale this week.