Tom Hiddleston recently performed songs as Hank Williams on a stage in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of promoting his new film, I Saw the Light, where he plays the country singer.
He performed at the after party for the premiere, doing a set that included “Hey Good Looking'”, “Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used To Do”, and “Move It On Over”.
“In front of dark, cynical, inside musicians, will be quick to jump to judgment?” Bradley Whitford, an actor in the film, said of Hiddleston. “No tension. No anxiety.”
Writer/director/producer Marc Abraham said he was nervous about the premiere because of the city’s musical history. “Without Nashville, there is no story,” Abraham said. “And without the people in Nashville that helped me, there is no story. So big deal for me to come down here and present the film to people who know a lot about this subject.”
The movie focuses on Williams’ meteoric rise and fall in the 1940s and ’50s through the stories of his personal relationships followed by his death at the age of 29 in 1953.
“Hank Williams is someone I think who loved women, but he was also unintentionally cruel to them,” Hiddleston said.
Co-star Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Hiddleston’s first wife, said of the singer, “He was always surrounded by really formidable women. It’s lucky that all of us got to play a different variation of a woman who stands on her own two feet and can stand up to a man who is such an icon like Hank.”
A longer performance is available here, though video embedding was disabled by the user so I can’t link it.
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