Tom Hiddleston, who stars as King Henry V in PBS’ “The Hollow Crown,” makes some very good points about William Shakespeare that just might make his works seem more approachable to modern TV viewers and moviegoers.
Hiddleston is a great fan of both reading and performing Shakespeare, and tells the New York Daily News he is always elated when modern writers find a way to present a Shakespearean approach in a different package. Such as the role of “Loki” Hiddleston will reprise in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” in theaters Nov. 8.
“There’s nothing about human nature Shakespeare doesn’t understand,” Hiddleston,says. “So a character like Loki, who I greatly enjoy playing, is in many ways a very Shakespearian villain.”
PBS winkingly refers to its four-part “Hollow Crown” as a “real-life ‘Game of Thrones,'” and Hiddleston suggests the idea is not far off the mark. “‘Game of Thrones’ is Shakespearean,” he says. “And as long as it’s written as well as “Games of Thrones,’ that’s great. I think if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for television.”