Tom Hiddleston will recite Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 18′ just for you: awesome?

Lord, Tom Hiddleston is looking especially good today, isn’t he? After the crapfest that is Katia Elizarova’s interview and the subsequent acknowledgement that Benedict Cumberbatch has terrible taste in ladies (and/or friends), I’m looking at Tom Hiddleston with new eyes. These are some newly-released images from Tom’s vampire turn in Only Lovers Left Alive. Tom borrowed his most busted Loki wig for the role, I’m guessing. But the image of Tilda Swinton with (what I’m assuming is) a blood popsicle gives me life. POPSICLE REALNESS.

Two more pieces of Hiddleston news. You know how he’s doing Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse? Well, the performance is going to broadcast live on January 30th next year, so the performance has a “trailer”. Tom sounds pretty good here:

And here’s the other Hiddles thing I found today – apparently, Hiddleston took part in a little side project involving (guess who?!) Shakespeare. Tommy has recited Bill Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” for a “web-based project called The Love Book.” It’s an app with “a carefully curated selection of brilliant poems, quotes, short stories and love letters all inspired by that most noble (but troublesome) theme of love.” The app will benefit the charity Children In Need. Here’s a wonky recording of Tom:

Photos courtesy of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’.

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  1. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    I think he sounded amazing, gave me chills, still doesn’t sound as good as Cumberbatch though ;)

  2. Sixer says:

    I know they probably cut him to ribbons in the Coriolanus trailer, but that’s much more like it. Able summary with a personal tone. Hooray! The Tomster has finally said something I like.

    That surgeon pic makes me a bit giddy.

    ETA: thanks for the post, Kaiser.

  3. Lizzie says:

    I swear to God….I actually giggled like a idiot when he read that poem.

  4. Nanea says:

    Tilda will receive an award on Oct. 2 in Hamburg. My husband and I are going to the award ceremony/OLLA premiere, but I have no idea if Hiddles will show up as well. He’d better!

  5. Anna says:

    Damn, Tilda! That’s my spot on his lap!

  6. sqs says:

    Finally, a meaningful app for my teenaged daughters (and myself, of course).

  7. Elodie says:

    Yes Tom Hiddleston, you are perhaps Shakespeare’s biggest stan to date but the man from his grave would say “gimme a break and try other poets and writers ffs didn’t you study literature?!!!”

    Me bitch I know… *sigh of no regret*

  8. Miss Jupitero says:

    I am liking all of this. :-)

  9. Walt Jr! says:

    Tell me when and where! Tilda is an other world-y alien goddess!

  10. DesertReal says:

    sweet jesus that man is way too tan. im sorry but he’s like…browner than I am? hiddleston: stop rotissering yourself.

  11. icerose says:

    I have tickets for the Only Lovers Left Alive UK premier with Q & A. I suspect Tom may be there but not sure about Tilda.

    He is onto his leadership kick again which was one of his focuses in Henry Vth. Coriolanus was a bad ass martyr in the end. I like that Coriolanus has arrogance, anger and redemption-its an interesting arc. But it is probably played best if as the actor you think of him as a hard done by hero and not as a superior prick which he is at times.

  12. icerose says:

    There is a long in depth interview re Shakespeare/HollowCrown floating around where he is asked some really intelligent questions by an interviewer who knows what he is talking about about.His answers are quite different to his normal run of the mill PR stuff. If I can find it I will post a link.

  13. anjulie says:

    Does anyone know if they release these broadcasted plays on DVD? I’m pretty sure they won’t be showing it out here in the prairie badlands.

    • icerose says:

      They have not done so far but they are recorded and they do encore viewings if they are popular. I am guessing their are issues re contracts with those involved actors etc have not been contracted for DVD. There is actually a recording of Cymbeline with Tom which was produced for schools but people have asked if it could be released but were told it was not possible. There is I have been told even a recording of Ben Wilshaw’s Hamlet which I think you can request to watch at some archive.

    • T.Fanty says:

      They’re streaming them on – it’s a bit of a treasure trove over there. They also give you access to the Tennant Hamlet and McKellen’s Lear.

  14. serena says:

    Oh. My. God.
    He looks so handsome and hot with that wig, wtf he should always wear that! (even tho I like him anyways). Tilda looks awesome too, I can’t wait to see this movie!

  15. Lisa says:

    What about when Alan Rickman read Sonnet 130? <3

  16. Mary-Rose says:

    I couldn’t concentrate on the first video due to the orange glow shinning off him. Honestly TommyAnne, stop playing with the fake bake will you?
    In the second video , I’m surprised he doesn’t recite the poem as he’s a huge Shakespeare fan. But forget the love app: you need to hear him read the James Bond thing. It’s like ….. Gaaaaaa ;)

  17. icerose says:


    I am pretty sure most of us can be superior pricks at some time including Tom. One day I might surprise you with a negative Tommy comment I am just waiting for him to do something that really pisses me off like cancelling his New Years Eve performance or singing Cameron’s praises in relation to the arts and NHS funding.

    • Mary-Rose says:

      I can’t see him cancelling any performance unless he’s sick or has a genuine family emergency. Our TommyAnne LOVES the limelight too much.
      I could see him doing the Cameron thing without thinking, hence the fact he’s now following Clegg and Mr Beaniband now even though their policies will in no way affect or benefit him whatsoever.
      I really don’t like it when TommyAnne unintentionally patronises ‘Normal ‘ people but its Luke fault for not telling him to stay away from the subjects which lead to that

      • icerose says:

        He follows all the leaders on twitter. But which ever party he came out for he would probably get hammered by one side or the other. If he goes Labour he will be accused of being a champagne socialist, if he goes conservative one of the educated elite.

  18. moon says:

    For a RADA and Cambridge graduate, that really wasn’t a very good reading of Sonnet 18 was it? It wasn’t bad, but it was so school boy recital-ish. Cumby would’ve made that sonnet come alive with more emotion and made the words actually mean something.

  19. Browniecakes says:

    Get the Love Book app – it is fabulous. TH’s reading of ‘Let Me Put It This Way’ by Simon Armitage is worth the price of admission. Sports a Southern accent for ‘Life Story’ the funny poem by Tennessee Williams. Make sure you are not driving or operating heavy machinery during his ‘May I Feel Said He’ by ee cummings. Wow. Many more.

  20. Vesta says:

    “After the crapfest that is Katia Elizarova’s interview and the subsequent acknowledgement that Benedict Cumberbatch has terrible taste in ladies (and/or friends), I’m looking at Tom Hiddleston with new eyes.”

    Kaiser, with these lines you just made my day :)

    • Katie says:

      That made me laugh too. Hiddleston’s run of ladies is pretty questionable, but he’s smarter about it for the most part. [I'll admit I couldn't care less about who they bed. The gossip is just fun.]

      I’ve heard mixed things about OLLA. Anyone here see it?

  21. T.Fanty says:

    So, did anyone see the new Thor trailer during the break of S.H.I.E.L.D. (man that’s going to be annoying to type) last night? Looks like they’re trying to stamp it as a Whedon film now.

  22. flower says:

    I would love it, don’t care for Mr Shakes, but Tom has a gorgeous voice. He could read me the tax forms from the IRS and it would be pure sex.

  23. Browniecakes says:

    If your fav thing about TH is his voice, then the Love Book app is not to be missed.

  24. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Now does ANYONE get where my name is from? Hint, hint my favorite Shakespeare play.

  25. icerose says:

    We had to do some live poetry work on my drama course and we on poets like EE Cummings, Robert Creeley,and Michael McClure. It worked really well.It also helps if you know the poetry as well before you hear it. But my feeling is that the APS are more about listening than subtle interpretations.

  26. Mary-Rose says:

    Some peeps on Twitter were talking about this article apparently someone analysised TommyAnne’s handwriting.

  27. FW says:

    So sad I’m a windows phone user. I can’t even spend the money…Tom’s Bond audio book is on sale in Amazon. That I can have~

  28. Gin Princess says:

    Hi, longtime listener, first time caller… *curtsies*

    The other app is called IFPoems and I defy your ovaries not to quiver when he and Helena Bonham Carter read ‘Us Two’ by AA Milne.

  29. Mary-Rose says:

    I really want TommyAnne to play Richard ii. Not only does he resemble the monarch but I could really think he could make it his own. Even though he was great as Hal and ok but better than ken as Henry, I think he’ll smash it playing Richard ii. Especially on stage. Pity Tennant got there before him.
    What does everyone else think?