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With the eagerly anticipated release this week of I Saw The Light, the biopic of legendary country musician Hank Williams, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis sat down with its director Marc Abraham to talk about the film and all things Tom Hiddleston.
I Saw The Light marks the sophomore directorial effort from Abraham, who is a renowned producer of such films as Children of Men, The Commitments and Air Force One, and it was his love of Williams that made him grab the opportunity to direct with both hands to make a slightly different biopic:
“I loved Hank Williams’ music from the early times so I was really interested in it…I never wanted to make a cradle to grave movie and it’s interesting that many people didn’t understand what I was doing and say ‘Why didn’t you show him as a little boy?’… What I »
- Scott J. Davis
In the space of one month Tom Hiddleston can be seen as a legendary crooner, a suave British spy and the tenant of a high-tech building who spirals into madness. “I’ve been working nonstop for two years, and there’s a compression of those last two years into one month,” he says. “But in an industry that’s feast or famine, I’ve got no complaints.”
For now, it’s full-on feast for the actor, who has already established a wide fan base not just for his films, but his charm – he always seems to be having the best time, whether making a surprise appearance at Comic-Con or singing with Stephen Colbert. In addition to the miniseries “The Night Manager” on AMC, the actor can be seen in theaters in “I Saw the Light,” Marc Abraham’s faithful biopic of Hank Williams. Later this month, he’ll head an »
- Jenelle Riley
Hiddleston is a Royal Academy-trained thespian who won the Laurence Olivier Award for his turn in a 2007 stage production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. He’s best known to North American audiences as Loki, the eloquent villain of Marvel’s cinematic universe.
Williams, on the other hand, is the twangy Alabama country icon who produced the classics “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
How did he transform?
“It actually all started here in Toronto,” recalls Hiddleston during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival where I Saw the Light had its world premiere. »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
Tom Hiddleston mastered the yodel in preparation for his role as country music legend Hank Williams in his new film “I Saw the Light.” “I can yodel now,” Hiddleston told Jimmy Kimmel. “There comes a time in a man’s life when he’s called upon to yodel.” The host prompted Hiddleston to tease his musical prowess with a few lines from the Williams classic “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.” Both Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Hank’s wife Audrey, do their own singing in the drama. Hiddleston lived with musician Rodney Crowell in Nashville where he learned to tackle Williams’ trademark yodel. The British thespian also spoke about the high stakes involved playing an icon of American culture. “I take the responsibility seriously,” Hiddleston said. “I knew as a British actor going in to play such a loved icon of American music, I had to kind of commit myself to it. »
4 items from 2016
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