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Hiddleston's obituary obsession

Tom Hiddleston used to worry about not doing enough in his life and would read obituaries to see how others had lived.

The British actor has made a name for himself in hit films such as War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea and Thor.

While he is now a successful film star, Tom used to be paranoid about not doing enough in his younger years and would turn to documents recalling deceased people's lives for comparison.

"I was always concerned about wasting time. I don't ever want to look back and think: 'Why wasn't I doing something or making something?'" he recalled to British newspaper the Evening Standard. "I used to read obituaries obsessively. They always started with a birth date and maybe the county where the subject was raised - and then the life would start at 25. What happened to those 25 legitimate years of good living time?"

As a child his parents sent him to England's prestigious boarding school, Eton College. Tom remembers how excited his father James was by having a son attend such a famous establishment, but admits he didn't feel very appreciated once he left the school.

"So, I'm 13 and it's time for me to change schools. My dad has had this extraordinary life; he's made himself from the ground up. He comes back from looking round the school and says: 'There were 15 football pitches. Can you imagine? 15. Amazing. There's a theatre with its own lighting rig. There's a building just for painting. You have to go. Have to,'" Tom recalled. "So once you've seen that, someone who's come from nothing, trying their hardest to give their child the best education, and then you get out the other side and everyone throws fruit at you..."

The 32-year-old star is aware his upper class upbringing makes him stand out from other actors in his position. However, he remains modest and doesn't brag about the benefits he was able to experience, instead looking to the future.

"Look, it's fine. I've been blessed with an extraordinary education. I feel privileged and I know I've had an enormously pleasant life," he confessed. "But it also has its complexity. I'd love to round out the rosy picture with some shade that would give you some more detail, but it's not my past. I feel like baring that in public would be ungracious. And anyway, we're in the present. Look at what's in front of you."

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