Question: What drew you to The Night Manager? You seem careful when choosing roles – what was it about this one?
Tom Hiddleston: It’s an extraordinary story of moral courage. Pine & Burr are brave enough to stand up to the face of evil.
Q: Do you think Pine ever feels swayed, thinking of giving up and just embracing Roper’s world?
TH: I’ll leave that to you to decide. You will have to wait and see.
Q: Who has the more daunting task? Pine infiltrating Roper’s circle or Burr navigating the corrupt political establishment?
TH: When an outsider threatens the stability of the status quo there are always consequences. For both of them.
Q: Did you take anything away from working with the brilliant @hughlaurie?
TH: @hughlaurie is one of the funniest men I’ve ever met & also the most dedicated & rigorous. An exemplary leader.
Q: Is the show set in the book’s original time period, or moved up? Did that present challenges?
TH: We’ve updated it to the present day to honour the political resonance & prescience of John le Carré’s novel.
Q: Olivia Colman was wonderful as Burr. Would you have played it differently as Pine had Burr been a man?
TH: I can’t imagine anyone but Olivia Colman as Burr. She is definitive.
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