Tom Hiddleston’s latest round of interviews has offered little in the way of impromptu dancing, the divine campy goodness that BBC chat host Graham Norton enables, and playing up the fact that he is probably the best loved movie villain of the decade. Loki’s beetling brows and moue at the intimation that he’s the less pretty brother at Asgard have been replaced by a serious Tom Hiddleston who wants to talk about his craft.
Given the adult nature of his body of work over the past year, this is understandable. An informal survey of Hiddleston’s round of interviews in early 2016 shows him promoting his Hank Williams bio-feature, I Saw The Light, a sharp social satire based on a novel by J. G. Ballard, High-Rise, and a mini-series treatment of a John Le Carré novel, The Night Manager.
Is there a difference in the exposure he’s getting now and the salad days of the first blush of Loki love from all of those fans who call themselves “Hiddlestoners?” While chatting with Mekado Murphy for the Times Tribeca feature, Hiddleston admitted that he’s all over the place right now.
“I apologize, unreservedly, first of all, for being everywhere. I’m sure it’s deeply tiresome and nobody wants to ever see my face again. There’s a strange coincidence in that the work of the last 18 months of my life has all been released at the same time. And for me, each piece of work has such integrity and focus. But it must seem different to be in the audience. I do feel very lucky that I’m allowed to do so many different things.”
In the course of the interview, a unifying theme emerges regarding the RADA trained actor’s choice of projects over the past year. All of them entailed working with a director and material he admires and most important of all, they are driven by a strong ensemble approach.
Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider asked Tom Hiddleston for his response to the tepid critical response towards I Saw The Light. The answer Guerrasio got was one that focused more on the process. The viewpoint readers were afforded in that conversation was not the prep and spin of studio flacks. It was a first person account of the measures Hiddleston took to crawl as far into Hank Williams’ skin as he could. We are allowed glimpses of months of preparation and what happens when a cast comes together and everyone takes a great deal of pleasure in what happens on the set. In the end, he is genuinely puzzled that the collective magic felt in front of the camera did not translate to an emotional connection with the audience.
Catharine Shourde’s review of I Saw The Light for the Guardian was representative of many critics’ issues with the biopic. Excellent performances and sharp direction were hampered by uneven writing. Critical reaction to the screen treatment of Ballard’s High-Rise and the LeCarré-penned BBC1 mini-series have been positive, something that pleases and perplexes Hiddleston.
You know, it’s a funny thing, I’ve been hearing that people are positive toward how I did in ‘The Night Manager,’ and I didn’t do more or less with that than for ‘I Saw the Light.” As an actor, you can never tell. It’s really anyone’s guess how people will react.”
For those who enjoy the PBS aisle of the entertainment section, Hiddleston’s most recent interviews that keep to task about art and the ethos of film making are a refreshing change. Still, there are the movies that rocketed Tom Hiddleston to household name status on two continents. Has he walked away from his super-villain roles for good? Fans of Hiddleston’s Loki, who might prefer to see their pretend British actor boyfriend in something bigger, splashier, and louder, hope not.
Hiddlestoners will have much to rejoice about very soon. As reported by the Inquisitr, Kong: Skull Islandis in post production, with a tentative release date of March, 2017. The producers of Thor: Ragnarok are getting ready to lens the prettiest deity in Nordic cosmology and his troubled, complex brother. The release date for the latest installment in the Thor franchise is November of 2017, which could inspire fans of Marvel and Tom Hiddleston to give thanks during the holidays.
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