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By his own reckoning, playing iconic country singer Hank Williams in Sony Pictures Classics new biopic, I Saw the Light, was a stretch, but once Tom Hiddleston accepted the part in the Marc Abraham-directed film, the Cambridge-educated Brit immersed himself in the life of the Hillbilly Poet, who died at 29 in 1953, and prepared like he had for no other film.
The actor, best known for his role as Loki in Thor, moved to Nashville to live with singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell for five weeks to prepare vocally for the part and then spent three months in Shreveport, La., shooting the film, which opened in limited release on March 25 and wide April 1.
Earlier this week, Hiddleston, 35, talked with Billboard about “going mad” over doing 56 takes of “Lovesick Blues,” the tyranny of the Internet and those pesky James Bond rumors. In addition to I Saw The Light, Hiddleston stars in The Night Manager, a miniseries based on the John le Carre novel, which begins airing on AMC on April 19.
Hollywood Reporter: What was your audition for I Saw The Light like?
Tom Hiddleston: Marc was always adamant that he wanted to cast an actor who could sing, not a singer who could act. He kept talking about the contradiction between [Williams’] charisma and his vulnerability. And then, not secondary to that, I had to get up there and sing those songs. I was more nervous about it than he was. He was very confident that I could pull it off. He’d seen that I had an ear for dialect and accents, so he wasn’t worried about that. Continue reading
The relationship between Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift has come under much discussion since the photographs of them on the beach were released last week. For the most part, fans are not on board. Many think she’s using him, the relationship is for PR, etc. However, regardless of the how and why of their relationship, there are some who think it is no one’s business and fans shouldn’t discuss it.
However, the moment that the pair knew paparazzi were taking their photographs, likely with, at minimum, Taylor’s permission, and continued their date and kissing while being photographed, they made their relationship public knowledge. For argument’s sake, I’m going to assume that Hiddleston is aware of the public relations aspect of dating Taylor Swift, as he seems intelligent.
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An ambitious new film adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston brings JG Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise to unsettling, darkly humorous life. David Gritten goes behind the scenes.
Suave and pencil-slim in a silvery-grey suit, Tom Hiddleston strolls languidly across the lawn of a picturesque garden, navigating between flower beds until he reaches a thatched barn at its very edge and pushes open the door. On this sunny August day, it is a glorious setting.
For the cameras tracking his progress, Hiddleston walks the walk four more times. It feels like a lovely, low-key, rather traditional scene – but in the completed High-Rise, a big-screen adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel, this location will be seen in an utterly different context.
Bangor Castle Walled Garden, 12 miles from Belfast and dating from the 1840s, is at ground level. But in High-Rise, thanks to digital effects, it appears 40 storeys up: an amazing rooftop garden crowning the cool, stylish London apartment block of the film’s title. In Ballard’s novel, set ‘five minutes in the future’, the high-rise is more than just a block of flats. Ben Wheatley, the film’s British director, notes, ‘It’s a metaphor. It’s a building; it’s also a man or a woman. It’s a country; it’s the world. It works on all those different levels.’ Continue reading
For Good Will Thursday, I want to highlight goodwill without forgetting Tom and the inspiration he is to his fans, so there are pictures of him doing acts of goodwill, video (hello…ice bucket challenge!), and then a few worthy organizations will be highlighted. This is one of my favorite days of Toms Spirit Week! My act of good will was a donation to the Human Rights Campaign. I hope you enjoy it and have a chance to do your own act of goodwill!
Tom posted a YouTube video with a tongue twister where he almost says something naughty. It’s worth a good cause. Watch & enjoy!
Tom on a trip to Guinea with UNICEF:
A collection of all of Tom’s twins, in character form, with some fun clips:
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New promotional photographs have been released for the upcoming film Crimson Peak, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska, and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
As an added bonus, it has been confirmed that Tom Hiddleston will be starring in a sex scene in the upcoming film, according to co-star Jessica Chastain, though Chastain declined to mention who he would share the scene with.
“Well, there is a Tom Hiddleston sex scene, boys!” Jessica Chastain said. “I know! So you guys, not gonna say who, but there is some, you know. You can calm down.”
In the film, Tom Hiddleston plays Sir Thomas Sharpe. Jessica Chastain plays his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe. Mia Wasikowska plays his wife, Edith Cushing. The film also stars Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
“Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven,” Director Guillermo del Torro said in an interview earlier this year. “It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie akin to what I do in Spanish movies. [Crimson Peak] has moments that are very visceral, physical violence. The only kinky moment I’ve shot is [in] The Devil’s Backbone. This has a little more kinkiness than that.”
Crimson Peak will be released in theaters on October 16.
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