Tom Hiddleston proves he can sing in first clip from Hank Williams biopic

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

See Tom Hiddleston sing as Hank Williams in first clip from I Saw The Light.

The one-minute clip features the Avengers star as Williams recording his 1947 single Move It on Over, the Alabama-born singer’s first ever major country hit, at the Castle Studio in Nashville.If you had any doubts about whether or not Tom Hiddleston could pull off either the swagger or the vocal component of the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, you can put your concerns to rest with this first musical clip from I Saw the Light.

Flashing some devilish bedroom eyes at the camera, Hiddleston smoothy croons out the 1947 Williams classic “Move It On Over.” Who needs Elvis Presley’s hip wriggle when you’ve got the Hiddleston shoulder shimmy? Hiddleston sings and plays guitar on every Williams song in the film, and he studied with Grammy winner Rodney Crowell for months to perfect Williams’ signature sound. “Every note, every line, everything is Tom,” director Marc Abraham told EW. “He’s crazy talented. The biopic is based on Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen’s 1994 book, Hank Williams: The Biography, and reportedly also features the singer’s songs Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, and Hey Good Lookin’. After a clip of Hiddleston singing emerged from the Wheatland Music Festival in 2014, Hank III sounded off, telling FOX411, “To do a Hank Williams movie the way it should be done, you need certain aspects in the mix to make right. “It goes way beyond having [an] American to play the role of Hiram Hank Williams, Sr. However, he received criticism from the musician’s grandson Hank Williams III, who claimed only an American southerner could nail the country icon’s “moan” and “soul” and suggested Matthew McConaughey instead.

The biopic, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, and Bradley Whitford, comes to theaters November 27, but if you want a sneak peek at Hiddleston in American-icon mode, check out his take on Bonnie and Clyde’s Clyde Barrow, from the 2015 Vanity Fair Hollywood issue’s British Portfolio. While we’ll have to wait to see for ourselves whether Hank III will end up eating his words, the film premieres this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival — and the initial reviews could indicate whether the film ends up being an awards contender.

Williams received a posthumous Pulitzer prize in 2010 in recognition of his “pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force”.

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