Watch Tom Hiddleston croon as Hank Williams in ‘I Saw the Light’ clip …

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Tom Hiddleston Sings In The First Clip From Hank Williams Biopic ‘I Saw The Light’.

While we still don’t have a trailer for I Saw the Light, the film’s star, Tom Hiddleston, has just shared the first clip of him singing as country singer Hank Williams. 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?

Sure, looking the part is definitely an important component to any decent biopic — hell, I still see Johnny Cash when I look at Joaquin Phoenix — but when it comes to telling a musician’s story, the really great projects call upon the on-camera talent to exercise their musical proclivities. It seems like everytime I see the British actor in a film, television series, commerical, or Youtube video, he’s exhibiting a new talent that nobody knew he had before. 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.

Case in point: In Walk The Line, Phoenix not only took on the mannerisms of the country legend — who passed away 12 years ago this Saturday — but he also sang the classic songs in the film to provide more of a sense of realism. For it to be somewhat natural, [it] needs to be [an] American from the South who has eaten, lived and breathed these kind of roles before to make more respectable movie on Hank Sr.” Grammy winner Rodney Crowell, with whom Hiddleston studied for months to perfect Williams’s sound, says otherwise. “After nearly a month spent collaborating with this gifted artist, I’m as respectful of the man’s work ethic as I’m mystified by his transformational skills. To this day, the actor’s version of “Cocaine Blues” remains a strong contender (in my opinion) to Johnny Cash’s live prison recording of the track.

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. Hiddleston has worked with some of the best directors in the world, including Steven Spielberg, Jim Jarmusch, and Guillermo Del Toro, and he’s only just getting started.

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. We’ve known for some time that Hiddleston will be playing legendary country music star Hank Williams, whose meteoric rise to stardom and tragic death at a young age has propelled him into folk hero status. So given the importance of the subject matter being tackled here, Tom Hiddleston looks to be taking the realism route by singing all the tracks featured in the movie himself. Writer/director Marc Abraham is bringing Williams’ life story to life, and aside from a few production stills, there hasn’t been much in the way of sneak peeks since the film wrapped production.

Maybe it’s the updated production value or the fact that we have a classically trained British actor singing in a Southern twang meant to emulate an American icon. There have been many movies about music legends — Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra come to mind — where the musical numbers were lip synced, making the movies feel like pure ham-fisted drivel.

But with the signature sound that made Hank Williams famous, I’m hoping we’ll get another glimpse at Tom Hiddleston’s singing skills before the movie premieres.

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