Nope. Not switching allegiance.

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Tonight Benny and I went out to eat and then took in a movie. We never saw The Avengers on its initial release in theatres and when I saw they were re-releasing for the Labor Day weekend, I mentioned it to Benny. I am trying to get out and about more, I like hanging out with my husband, and I knew it was a film he had wanted to see. And as I have also seen all the other Marvel Universe films, I was curious to see this entry.

I  have to confess I also felt the need to experience The Hiddleston phenomenon on the big screen. I know many people in my TL at Twitter are very taken with actor Tom Hiddleston. I had previously seen him in two projects, playing F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris and as the evil Loki in Thor. Of course, he was reprising the latter role in TA.

First, let me say we did find the film entertaining, if a bit thin on plot in places.  There were some witty lines here and there, impressive-looking CGI and Chris Evans still fills out that Captain America suit admirably.

Now, on to Tom.  He certainly plays a villain well and this role was a sharp contrast to his portrayal of Jazz Age icon Fitzgerald.  He has a lovely British accent, pretty blue eyes and an engaging smile (although said smiles are mainly on the evil side in TA since he is, after all, playing the baddie).  He is certainly a talented and attractive fellow and by all accounts, a real sweetheart in real life. He’s gained legions of followers as his profile has risen and, yep, he’s on Twitter.

Tom HIddleston as the villainous Loki in The Avengers. Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

However–no alarm bells sounded for me seeing Hiddleston on the big screen. No Eureka moment in which I said to myself, “Where has this actor BEEN all my life?” I don’t feel the need to start Googling him to learn more.

Certainly, I was favorably impressed by his performance. I will be interested in seeing him in other productions of, shall we say, a more cerebral nature, such as The Hollow Crown. I will add him to the list of UK actors whose work I enjoy.

But I don’t believe I am going to find my heart divided between Rich and Tom, between the Hiddles and the Arms. I will stick with the Arms. My fangurl heart still belongs to the man who inspired me to write this blog, and a considerable amount of fanfic, and to make all that fanart, those fanvids and now to write a novel.  Not just anybody could have affected me in such a way.

I went for many, many years never thinking of myself as a die-hard fangurl of any performer. And then that tall, black leather-clad henchman with all his conflicts and contradictions strutted into my life. And then came shy, awkward John S., sunny, lovable Harry, proud and passionate mill owner Thornton, haunted, enigmatic Lucas, tough, resourceful, brave and compassionate Porter . . . Richard made me believe in the reality of each and every one of these characters.

And I am sure when I see him as the alpha warrior dwarf and as the widowed Oklahoma school teacher and concerned dad, I will believe in them, too. He’s touched my heart and soul and mind through his work.  And he’s shown himself to be a pretty decent human being.

Cute, sweet, talented. But not The One for me.

Cute, sweet, talented, beautiful, sexy, adorable, witty, intelligent, versatile, modest . . . The One.

The Hiddles has plenty of devoted admirers. I really don’t think he’ll miss me, do you? 😉

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. As much as I admire Tom’s work and he is so open and giving to his fans (he even tweets them..thud) he is just more of a lad to me, where as Richard is MAN. Hence the lovely one, Richard will always have that special place in my heart ♥
    I’m tucked up in bed atm, feeling a little under the weather and just going to watch The Avengers again while having lunch, so you’re post was very timely Angie!

    • Well, enjoy! And I hope you feel better soon, too. Yes, I think the same thing, Tom’s delightful but he seems so–boyish. I mean, RA, can be quite boyish and cute (Cbeebies!!) but he can also be so–MANLY. Of course, Tom’s a decade younger than Richard, too. I guess I just appreciate a more “mature” male. 😉

  2. TH won’t miss you , Angie!

    It’s the same with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender – cute and talented IMHO. They could even be sweet?

    But…

    RA is TDHBEW, DDG and TDF (to die for) and I’ll stick with him, too

    Now..how was the movie…..is it something worth renting? I’ve put off seeing it as I’m not a fan of Robert Downey, Jnr., and I believe he might be a bit of a smart ar** in this?? However, I’m willing to give it a go if you say it’s OK.

    Was “Thor” OK? I’ve liked our Chris Hemsworth since his teenage years on “Home and Away” (also starred Ryan Kwanten and quite a few of our other cute guys who are now acting in the US or the UK!)

    Just had a silly thought – why do Australian and British actors always end up in vampire movies when they try to “break” into the American market? I’m thinking now of Alex O’Loughlin in “Moonlight” – not that I ever saw it as I don’t have payTV – as well as Ryan, Stephen Moyer, Lucy Griffiths in….what was it….oh, yeah “True Blood”!! Won’t ever see that one for the same reason – can’t afford payTV!!

    • If you like comic book/action films, you will like it. I know some people really don’t care for the genre, but Benny and I actually do. Plot on the thin side in places. Chris is indeed very Thor-like, big and buff and blond. 😉 Chris Evans is still a sweetheart (and big, buff and dark blond) as CA. Yes, Tony Stark, RDJ’s character is a smart-ass, but that doesn’t bother me. This is an ensemble film so you’ve got Thor, Cap, IronMan, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the Hulk–I should mention Mark Ruffalo, who puts an interesting spin on the role of Dr. Banner. They finally got an impressive-looking Hulk on the screen, too. There are some funny lines in the script, too.

        • It didn’t get very good reviews, as I recall. I think I caught part of it on the satellite and it just didn’t grab me (and I like Bana, too). One thing about this movie, even after Bruce transforms into the big green guy, he still looks a lot like Mark Ruffalo in terms of his facial features.

  3. TH must be doing something right if he is the one everyone talks about and not Chris Evans or Chris Hemworth. I have only seen him in Cranford a few years ago and thought he was very cute, but when I look at his stills, he is certainly very charismatic. Apart from his role in the Marvel universe (that may be comparable with RA’s role in the Tolkien universe) he managed to work with Stephen Spielberg and Woody Allen and play the lead in a BBC Shakespeare adaption all within little more than a year. So, he’s definetely made good choices and convinced the right people of his talent.

    • Nobody said Tom Hiddleston wasn’t talented I will say it again – TH is cute and swet and talented. He just doesn’t have the appeal of an RA IMHO

      • It doesn’t matter if TH appeals to us or not, it matters that he has already made it and RA still hasn’t. In a year he may be were TH is now, but maybe not.

        • I have been a fan of Richard Armitage for 13 years and I’m not about to abandon him for the latest big name. I believe he is one of the most talented actors on the planet and I will NOT back down from that stance.

          I also admire Richard’s perserverance.

          • Oh, Angie… I really am sorry. I didn’t mean to start a war. I should never have let my sarcasm get the better of me. Please forgive me, everyone.

            • Kathryn, I’m not trying to start something. But I’ve heard about what happened earlier. Can I make a suggestion. Given that your sarcasm has been misinterpreted as attacks more than once and not just here, perhaps it is time to speak plainly rather than have your meaning misconstrued. I would hate for people to walk away with the wrong impression of you.

              • I think this is a good suggestion, Jas. Truth is, because we cannot hear the tone of voice or see the facial expressions/body language of those commenting, it can be hard to interpret the intent behind the words. We all need to give more thought and care to what we say.

            • It is more that I envy fast-rising stars like TH their success and wonder how they are doing it. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like TH, I have nothing against him personally.

              • Their career paths have been quite different, but given that Richard’s has ultimately led to his role in The Hobbit, an amazing experience that he seems to be absolutely relishing, would he take a different path if given the chance to do it all over again? I have a feeling the answer would be no, but that’s just my opinion.
                I’m not saying that it will be the case with Hiddleston, but sometimes the careers of fast-rising stars can burn out just as quickly.

              • Richard’s ascent has been slow, perhaps, compared to some other actors, but it’s been steady. I think he has, as he has desired to do, gone from strength to strength and has built upon what he has learned in previous roles to improve his performances. I don’t think he has ever been interested in being the Next Big Thing per se, but he does want the opportunity to take on a greater variety of interesting and challenging roles. And I believe that is going to happen, along with the chance to expand into directing, writing and perhaps producing.

              • I knew it Jane!:) I always suspected that you love him more”wisely” than me, you have expectations, require progress .

        • Jane, the point of this post was my personal response to seeing TH on the big screen. Not to evaluate how much more successful he is or isn’t or will be than Richard or what Richard has or hasn’t done right in your or my or anyone else’s opinion. I just wanted to clarify that.

    • Often the villians in these types of films are more interesting than the heroes–I recall a certain medieval henchman being much more charismatic than a certain legendary hero, so that played to his favor along with his talent.

  4. I’m glad you were able to get out and have a nice evening with Benny, Angie. 🙂

    Watching TH as Fitzgerald a couple of nights ago in Midnight in Paris was the first time I’d seen him in anything. He appears to be talented, and could be considered cute, but, no zinging for this old girl. Not a single, solitary zing, buzz or lightning bolt was felt. 😉

  5. TH was in Midnight in Paris? Can’t remember him! He can’t have made that big an impression on me…:) Please don’t jump on my throat anybody but I don’t even find TH cute. I’m sure he’s very sweet and a good actor… I’m not into comic book films at all so I may have to check him out in something else in the future.

      • As has been said elsewhere, all of the people are not going to agree on any subject, from the quality of a movie/book/painting to the acting ability and charisma of a particular actor. Often it is more subjective than objective. We all have our own tastes, quirks, triggers.

  6. I fell for my darling Hiddles watching his interviews. I know most of you think he’s boyish but he’s my age so I don’t have to worry about him being too young. He is intelligent (double first at Cambridge), witty, does great impersonations (his alan rickman is spot on) and has some sort of energy that I can’t resist. Richard is nice and has more physically going on that I like, but, whatever it is about Tom seems to trump all of that.

  7. TH is a good actor and a nice man but he doesn’t do it for me either. I enjoy many actors. If I see their name, I’ll jump right in to watch and know it’ll probably be great. But Richard is in another category FOR ME completely. He’s certainly the only actor I’ve ever followed and obsessed over. He’s got that certain something that turns me from a total nonfangirl (and wondering what is up with THOSE people) to a fighting member of the Armitage Army! If you are fangirls of more than one actor and RA is just one of many, more power to you. The whole point is that Richard is my (and many other girls on this blog) one and only.

    • that’s it, you see. I like Alan Rickman and Ewan McGregor and David Tennant and a number of other actors and always seem to enjoy their performances. But I have never felt for them the depth of emotion and allegiance that I do to Richard. They haven’t made the impact on me that he has. Simple as that. And I really don’t think that is going to change.

  8. As you said of Richard, “He’s touched my heart and soul and mind through his work. And he’s shown himself to be a pretty decent human being.” Understatement. While I can appreciate the work of others, Richard is in a different category, still the only one who does what he does to me (and he doesn’t even know it).

    • I slept in this morning and then spent some quality time with my hubby, only to finally come on line and discover this brouhaha.

      People–please!! First of all, I do wish to point out that nothing of a negative nature about Tom was said by yours truly. In fact, I complimented him. He’s talented, attractive, charismatic and obviously has tons of fans for good reasons. I am pleased he’s done well and wish him all the success in the world.

      But I simply stated that he did not make the impact on me that I have experienced with Richard. It is, after all, my blog and Richard Armitage’s name is rather prominent in the title. So, yes, you can expect me to be rather biased. I cheerfully admit to it. And if you are uncomfortable with that, then maybe this isn’t the best place for you.

      This was NOT intended to be a Richard vs. Tom throwdown with readers attacking one another. That is NOT cool. We can all express our opinions, but let’s not get personal. Life is too short for that. Some comments will be deleted/edited for content and if necessary, the comments will be closed. Please, EVERYONE– whether you are a Richard fan, Tom Fan, fans of both. Let’s be civil. And may I suggest everyone taking the time to think about a comment before you hit “reply.” Thank you.

  9. I’ve always been a one crush girl, but that’s not to say there haven’t been other actors whom I’ve admired and whose performances I’ve enjoyed watching. For nearly thirty years, Pierce Brosnan was my big crush, after first seeing him in The Manions of America (1981) (which to my delight has just been released on DVD 🙂 )
    It was obviously going to have to be someone very special to take over from Brosnan after so long. Richard was The One, for all the reasons we discuss ad infinitum here and on other blogs, plus that extra something, the “It” factor, something none of those other actors offered me all those years.
    I still have a soft spot for PB and will always follow his career and take an interest in him, but the intensity of my feelings for Richard are right out of the ballpark by comparison.

      • Yes, he is aging nicely isn’t he? I’ve always thought he seems to be a decent man…no “bad boy” gossip that I can recall, his two marriages have been solid, and he uses his high profile to promote causes for ovarian cancer, conservation and the environment.

    • I’ve always admired Pierce, as well. Wow, The Manion’s of America, that’s brought back memories. I enjoyed that so much as a teenager! I might have to look that up to see if it’s held up!

      • I’d been checking every so often to see if it had been released, but no luck, so when I saw on eBay that finally it had been, there was no hesitation in buying it. It’s showing its age – there doesn’t seem to have been any digital enhancement, but I still really enjoyed it. Hard to believe it’s thirty years old!

        BTW Angie, Garrow’s Law starts here tonight, so thanks to your recommendation, I’ll be watching!

  10. Can’t say I have ever had a crush on any actor but Richard really does it for me. Gorgeous man, really kind to his fans fabulous actor the full package as far as I’am concerned, and I get this tingly feeling when I see him or hear his gorgeous voice. OMG really got it bad haven’t I? Don’t care not on my own I’am ladies.

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