Tom Hiddleston takes on own of his most challenging (and what one would assume more gratifying) roles to date with I Saw The Light, a first rate biopic on the complex life of transcendent country singer/songwriter Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston). The film opens in select theaters (NY/LA) on Friday, March 25.
One of the more important aspects behind the making of I Saw The Light was Hiddleston’s intense preparation for the part. Spending five weeks in Nashville collaborating with singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell helped the actor ease into the highly nuanced role.
Speaking of nuances, mastering a Hank Williams song like “Lovesick Blues” wasn’t an overnight process for the actor. “I had days where I felt like I was bashing my head against a brick wall because Rodney Crowell and I would do take after take after take,” said Hiddleston, whose credits include Only Lovers Left Alive and the upcoming High Rise.
In the clip below, Hiddleston talked about the challenges of singing the Williams hit “Lovesick Blues”:
During the I Saw The Light press conference, Tom Hiddleston also discussed why he doesn’t overanalyze the nebulous concept of fame and prefers to focus on his work:
Everyone has an opinion about fame and it’s something that – it’s not really about my opinion or my perspective, because everyone’s idea of it is different. So I have no control over it, really. The only thing I have control over is my work and how I am perceived is beyond my control, and I really am okay with that.
If I expended energy worrying about it, about things I simply cannot control, people I’ve never met . . . my energy is better re-directed into the work, which is the most important thing. I am very grateful that there are people who have enjoyed my work and that’s the takeaway for me. If Loki garnered fans, then it’s a source of pride because it means they believed in the character and they enjoyed the character. The fact that he kind of struck a chord with audiences is still a source of surprise and delight. I had no idea he was going to be such a popular character. It continues to surprise me, to be honest. I’m just lucky enough to be able to keep doing the work and if there are people who want to watch it, then I’m happy.
The audio version of Hiddleston’s answer is below:
Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Cherry Jones, I Saw The Light opens in NY/LA on Friday.
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