Monday, September 8, 2014

Tom Hiddleston Performs as Hank Williams

Alexis Hauk/Time


Well, Michigan—looks like you just got Loki’d.

British actor Tom Hiddleston, perhaps most widely known for playing Thor’s charmingly sinister brother Loki in the Marvel films, took to the stage this weekend at the Wheatland Music Festival, which showcases what’s hot on the traditional music scene in bluegrass, folk and Americana.

The 33-year-old Royal Academy of Dramatic Art alum treated spectators (including one quick-thinking audience member who captured the somewhat blurry footage below) to a full-twang rendition of country legend Hank Williams’ uptempo “Move It on Over,” MTV reported.

Hiddleston will play Hank-the-First in the upcoming biopic I Saw the Light, Deadline reported in June.


Hank Williams was almost as legendary for his hard-living as he was for his influential songwriting. The small-town Alabama native made it big in the 1950's honky tonk with classics like “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” but died at age 29 from alcohol-induced heart failure (an accumulation of too much booze and pills) in the back of a Cadillac.

Production for the biopic begins in October in Louisiana,Deadline reported, and will need to impress legions of die-hard Hank fans, so it may be wise that Hiddleston is getting into crooning shape a month early.

Of course, nothing may ever match the real deal, but it certainly does answer the query, “Hey good-lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?”



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