Tom Hiddleston has called the role of Hank Williams one of the hardest jobs he’s ever done. The I Saw the Light star had to completely transform himself, physically and vocally, sometimes in the subtlest of ways, to play the iconic folk singer. All of that hard work led to a performance that’s more akin to embodiment than impersonation — a tough tightrope to walk for any actor starring in a biopic.
Below, read our Tom Hiddleston interview, in which he discusses playing Hank Williams, authenticity, and more.
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After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the biopic I Saw the Light about country singer Hank Williams was supposed to be released Thanksgiving weekend. But back in October, the movie was pushed back to a spring 2016 release, with a crowded awards season and Tom Hiddleston‘s busy schedule cited as the primary reasons for the delay.
Now that the film is just a few months away, we finally have the first I Saw the Light trailer, showing that this is undoubtedly Tom Hiddleston’s Walk the Line, with pretty much the same beats and a praiseworthy leading performance. Read More »
There comes a time in every great actor’s life where they must star in a biopic. Awards potential aside, it’s just something you gotta do. Actor Tom Hiddleston‘s (Crimson Peak) performance as country singer Hank Williams initially seemed destined for accolades, but I Saw the Light getting delayed until 2016 makes that an unlikely future. Learn more after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
The choice to cast Tom Hiddleston as all-American country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light raised some eyebrows at first, but Hiddleston’s clearly been working hard to prove himself up to the challenge. Now the first batch of I Saw the Light images offer a good long look at Hiddleston in character, so audiences can begin to judge for themselves.
Fellow MCU-er Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as Hank’s first wife Audrey. Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) directed. Flip through the new I Saw the Light images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Tom Hiddleston‘s casting as country legend Hank Williams attracted some skepticism when it was first announced, but Sony Pictures Classics, for one, feels pretty good about it. The company has just acquired worldwide rights to I Saw the Light, written and directed by Marc Abraham. More on the I Saw the Light Sony Classics deal after the jump. Read More »
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Tom Hiddleston wouldn’t have been the first person I thought of to play country musician Hank Williams. But now that a deal is in place for that exact thing to become a reality, it actually sounds pretty good. The versatile and charming actor will play Williams in I Saw the Light, a film that will chart the singer’s spectacular and damaging rise to fame at 25, and his untimely death at age 29. Read More »
Over the weekend, news broke that Universal moved their prequel of John Carpenter’s The Thing, also called The Thing, into release date limbo. Official word from the studio was the film was “not yet ready” and fanboy worry and speculation began. Does the film suck? Do the effects looks stupid? Performances stink? All of the above? The answer, in fact, is none of the above. Producer Marc Abraham clarified to Hitfix that while they already have a cut of the film, the release date shift has allowed them to schedule additional photography that will “enhance existing sequences,” “make crystal clear a few story beats” and “add punctuation marks to the film’s feeling of dread.”
So while we are going to have to wait a little longer to see director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s version of The Thing, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, the film we do eventually see will be better for it. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Flash of Genius is one of the surprise films that is being shown at this year’s Telluride Film Festival. Based on a true story, Flash of Genius follows Doctor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), a Detroit-based inventor and engineer professor, who decided to take on the automotive industry, and more specifically Ford Motor Company, who he claimed stole his patented idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
Yeah, it doesn’t immediately sound like a compelling narrative for a feature film, but Philip Railsback’s screenplay brings the story home, resulting in a fascinating family drama. The battle over inventor-ship lasted many years and at what cost? His wife, his family, his job and even his mental stability. Kearns wasn’t after a huge out of court settlement, he just wanted credit for the invention that he believed he created.
I’ve enjoyed Kinnear’s many performances over the years, but I’ve always believed that his range was somewhat limited. In Flash of Genius, Kinnear takes it to the next level, disappearing into the role and showing a transformation which might rival Benjamin Button on a micro level. Co-stars Dermot Mulroney, Alan Alda and Lauren Graham also turned in notable performances, but Kinear stole the show.
Marc Abraham has been producing films since 1991’s The Commitments. He has been involved in various types of films over the last 17 years, everything from The Babysitters Club to Children of Men. Flash of Genius is Abraham’s directorial debut, and a passion project that he has been developing for almost a decade.
The film will ask questions of yourself. Would you, could you, sell your legacy for $30 million or even $100 million? When is it time to give up on something, even if you know/believe it to be right?
/Film Rating: 8 out of 10