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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When a biopic depicts a major musical figure, one of the first orders of promotional business is to show the lead actor performing a key song. It’s the way to say “see? they can do it!” So here’s Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in the film I Saw the Light, in a clip that takes place in the studio when Williams lays down the classic track ‘Move it on Over,’ which was a watershed tune for the singer. (A song, by the way, about a guy literally sleeping in the doghouse after his wife locks him out.)
We don’t have a trailer for the film yet, but here’s the first I Saw the Light footage, complete with a little bonus glimpse of Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Sheppard Williams. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
To put it mildly, Tom Hiddleston didn’t seem like the most obvious choice to play Hank Williams in the Marc Abraham-directed biopic I Saw the Light. Hiddleston is a classically trained 30something British actor; Williams was an all-American country music legend who was just 29 when he passed away.
But now that he has the role, the question is whether Hiddleston’s got the chops — and naturally, Hiddleston seems very eager to put any doubts to rest. Over the weekend, he took the stage at Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival for a performance of Williams’ “Move It On Over.” Hit the jump to watch Tom Hiddleston sing as Hank Williams.
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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 »