Tom Hiddleston’s rom-com ambition

Actor Tom Hiddleston is after a rom-com role.

Cinema audiences are used to seeing British star Tom in dark and serious movies, but the 34-year-old admits there’s more to him than playing characters like Thor’s archenemy Loki in the Marvel flicks, or Thomas Sharpe in new horror movie Crimson Peak.

“Definitely, I would say so,” Tom told America’s GQ when asked if he looked for earnestness in a film part. “I mean, that’s not to say I’m not game for a laugh. I’d really love to see if I could do a romantic comedy, because I think they’re really challenging and I think it would be really fun. But I think I am drawn to authenticity in people and in the work that I do.”

Crimson Peak is the latest offering from celebrated director Guillermo del Toro. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker also penned the film, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam alongside Tom.

“He’s able to blend what we see with what we dream and make it seem like it’s part of the same fabric,” Tom said of Guillermo. “That’s very inspiring. It does create a heightened awareness for a bit, but I was ready to leave the world of Crimson Peak by the time we finished. Thomas Sharpe is a very dark character in many respects.”

Next up for the thespian is the third instalment of Thor, Ragnarok, in 2017, and a foray into TV with miniseries The Night Manager with Olivia Colman and David Harewood. Reflecting on his career so far, Tom cites good fortune as one of the reasons he’s done so well.

“I think I was just really lucky at a particular time,” he smiled. “About five years ago maybe there was a period where I made a set of films and they were all so different. I was doing Thor with Kenneth Branagh, Midnight in Paris, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, and Avengers. I did them all within about 18 months. And I remember thinking, ‘I’m so lucky to get to do this.'”

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