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Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

There’s a sweet little interview with Tom Hiddleston in the Village Voice this week, in which the intriguing possibility is raised that he will one day take part in a conventional romantic comedy, set in the present day, and he won’t be the spiky British friend of the hero, or the unpleasant elder brother of the heroine.

His current movie, Only Lovers Left Alive—in which he plays Adam, an immortal vampire rock star locked in a doomy love affair with the similarly-afflicted (but even older) Eve, played by Tilda Swinton—is not that film, but he’s very open to the idea.

He explains: “It’s crazy, because I was born in 1981 and I’m alive and well in 2014 — it’s not that I’m conscientiously not doing contemporary stuff.

“I think it’s really difficult to make a good romantic comedy. I’d love to play them; they just don’t tend to come my way at the moment. I’m taking it as a compliment one way or another, but it’s very much an ambition of mine to wear jeans.”

Do you want a moment to swooningly consider what this might be like? OK. See you in a mo…

He also conjectured on what life might be like if he was immortal, because these are the kind of questions you get when you spend your time not playing the lead role in romcoms. And his response could not be more in keeping with our understanding of him as the very acme of the educated English gentleman:

“If I lived forever, who knows what I would do? I would certainly get better at the piano. I would try to learn how to paint. I think I would try to read all the books I haven’t read. When I was a child, the house was full of books — the walls were lined with bookshelves — and I remember looking up at them once and thinking, ‘I wonder if I’ll ever be able to read all those books?’ and my mother said, ‘It’s all right; you’ve got loads of time.’ But actually we don’t have that much time — I know I won’t. There will be things I’ll miss out on.”

Read the full interview at the Village Voice, before it’s too late.

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By Fraser McAlpine