British actor Tom Hiddleston has become one of the most sought after stars in the movie making industry and, while he loves making brilliant movies, he has admitted that he will always have a love of Shakespeare. Tom will appear in The Hollow Crown and he has spoken about learning the Shakespearean language and his love of all things Shakespeare.
Hiddleston told Collider, "You have to learn it very, very, very, very well. But I believe very passionately in Shakespeare, as a contemporary and easily accessible and comprehensible language. The trouble with Shakespeare is that, on the page, it does seem alienating, really overly constructed, difficult and florid. But the actor’s job is to digest it, and then just speak it like you’re making it up. And then, you realize that it is very understandable and it is very easy."
He added, "Once you tune your ear to it, you pick everything up and it’s gorgeous. It’s like listening to great music. You go, 'Wow, what an amazing thing!' I think the thing is that the thoughts are actually very simple. In a way, the great enemy to Shakespeare, for me, is people who have over-acted it and made it seem like this big, scary thing that you have to treat with great ceremony."
The Hollow Crown is a series of adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V. They tell the rise and fall of three kings and how their destiny shaped the history of England. As well as starring Tom Hiddleston, The Hollow Crown also stars Ben Whishaw and Jeremy Irons. The Hollow Crown will air on Friday nights on PBS America from September 20 until October 11.