the hollow crown: henry iv


“The camera can be very intimate with an actor’s face, so there’s more opportunity to play against the text or to play along side it.  So you can play with the possibility of subtext; the flick of an eye, the curl of a lip can say as much as a line.  But actually, it’s all in the text.  Shakespeare had it down, so as long as you speak it - how did he say, ‘speak the speech trippingly on the tongue, don’t saw the air’… Hamlet’s speech to the players is the best sort of paragraph of acting notes you could possibly hope for.” - Tom Hiddleston on film adaptations of Shakespeare, as Prince Hal in Henry IV i/ii


My dear Hal,

you look absolutely delicious all wet and rumpled. Your hands are the most beautiful ones I ever saw. All slender, with delicate fingers and so long. And I’d love to lick that throat of yours. Touch that bulging vein with my tongue. You are sexy beyond description and make me think about debauchery things. My mind wanders to places that make me equally wet as you are. You are really filthy and dirty. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The mud is coming of in pieces from your skin. Please take a bath in something else than wine or ale. I’d help you with that.