Tom Hiddleston: The Meme-iest Man of the Moment
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In case you're not yet aware, the Internet loves Tom Hiddleston. Especially his heaping legion of Twitter-addicted female fans. (Exhibit A.)
Thanks to the 32-year-old actor's unending charm, which includes a penchant for dead-on impersonations of Owen Wilson and other well known celebs, the "Thor" villain has landed himself smack dab in the sweet spot social media fame.
When Yahoo Movies caught up with the actor in support of "Thor: The Dark World" we got him to address his most popular Internet memes as well do his best Sean Connery impression — perhaps his next online sensation.
With regard to his talent for adept mimicry, Hiddleston told us he's been practicing voices for as long as he can remember. Just for fun we asked him if he had Connery in his acting arsenal — and of course he switched effortlessly into a saucy Scottish James Bond brogue (see video above).
"My favorite Sean Connery line is [from 'Diamonds Are Forever'] ... One of the Bond girls comes up and says 'Hello, I'm Plenty.' And he says, 'Yes, I can see that.' And she says 'Plenty O'Toole.' And he says, 'Ah, named after your father then.' [Laughs] Anyway it's tongue-in-cheek and it's fun."
Hiddleston also discussed a particularly buzzy Internet missive issued by his "War Horse" co-star and real-life pal Benedict Cumberbatch — one that focused on both actors's prominent cheekbones. During a recent Reddit AMA, the "Fifth Estate" actor's answer to a fan question nearly elicited total Internet meltdown. It went down like this:
Fan: Do you, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have cheekbone polishing parties?
Cumberbatch: We like nothing better than polishing our zygoma. And imagining a h---y time-traveling, long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth Nordic legend f--- fantasy. Get to work on that, Internet.
Hiddleston's take: "You see, 'zygoma' is a word I didn't know existed. That's the Cumberbatch vocabulary for you." (For you non-anatomy buffs out there, we'll save you a trip to the dictionary: zygoma is indeed short for the zygomatic bone, aka cheekbone.)
Hiddleston continued reading through the rest of his buddy's, um, cheeky response, stopping short on the F-word (because he's classy with a 'c' and knows Yahoo doesn't play that way). "Right. Benedict. That's just asking for trouble, isn't it? ... Oh my goodness. That's quite a mischievous thing to do."
Speaking of mischief, Hiddleston has taken over our Yahoo Movies Instagram account. Check it out!
"Thor: The Dark World" wields its mighty hammer into theaters this Friday.
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