Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Observer Magazine: This Charming Man (2016)

January 24, 2016: 

Tom Hiddleston was interviewed by Elizabeth Day for The Observer Magazine. It's an interesting interview. It was released in the run up to The Night Manager being released in the UK. Tom talks about preparing for his role in the series by shadowing a real Night Manager at the Rosewood Hotel in London. He learned that the job was about "making every guest feel looked after". The cheapest room at the Rosewood is £470 per night and the most expensive is £10,000 per night! For £10,000 I expect my towels to be delivered by Tom Hiddleston too! 

Tom also talks about his preparation to play Hank Williams in I Saw the Light. A role he is very proud of because "it was so far away from me; it was really not my life experience at all".  Just two weeks into his training with Rodney Crowell, Tom Hiddleston performed live onstage at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, which Tom called "absolutely terrifying". 

I do have one major pet peeve. The article starts with Elizabeth Day commented that she was "hounded by several thousand Tom Hiddleston fan accounts". Thousands? Hounded? Really? It's especially hard to believe when on the day this interview was posted she also wrote that Tom fans were the "nicest, politeness bunch". Those are two very contradictory statements. I don't mean to single her out, this is a cheap trick that journalists have been using to describe fans in just about every Tom Hiddleston interview ever. And it creates this very negative misconception about fans. 

Some other highlights from the interview: 

“I suppose I’m fascinated by the private vulnerability and the exterior of people,” he says. “I think that’s an essential truth. I sort of quite like trying to find what makes people tick behind the construction of their identity.”

He says he finds the current debate about the number of middle-class actors in the profession divisive. “It’s socially divisive in a way it shouldn’t be, because I think wherever you are from you should be able to follow your passion. Wherever you went to school, if you have something authentic to contribute, you should be allowed to. There is an acknowledged problem of access and inequality of opportunity – I don’t know how to remedy that. But yeah, I’m on everyone’s side; I’m on the side of the actors. I’m not there to divide the world into pieces.”

“I’m called ‘Uncle Yay Monster’ {by his neice} because when we run, she basically wants to run as fast as me but she can’t, so after a while I just pick her up and she screams: ‘Yay!’ It’s exhausting, but enormous fun.”

“God, it’s so embarrassing,” he says. It all started a few years ago in Korea. “It was a big public Q&A, there were 7,000 people there, and I was taking questions from the audience. Somebody asked: ‘Of what body part are you most proud?’ That’s just a wrong question, to which there are only wrong answers. So I said: ‘My feet’ and they said: ‘Why?’ and I said: ‘Without my feet, I couldn’t run and I couldn’t dance.’ And they said: ‘Well, now we have to see you dance.’ So I danced… And I created a monster. There we go.”

Accompanying the interview was a photoshoot with Daniel Stier. 


Instead of being fitted out by a stylist - Tom Hiddleston chose to wear his own clothing for this photoshoot. On the cover Tom is wearing his Reiss Noir Melange Weave shirt. 

..,and is wearing his Polo Ralph Lauren suit for the remainder of the photoshoot. 


The Guardian
Daniel Stier

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