By Robyn Collins

You know Tom Hiddleston from his work in blockbuster films like Thor, The Avengers and War Horse, but the actor says that playing country music legend Hank Williams in the upcoming “I Saw the Light” is one of his most challenging, and fulfulling roles yet.

Related: Watch Tom Hiddleston Sing Hank Williams

Hiddleston told The Boot,  “It took me a while to fully say yes [to the role], because I knew that once I said yes, I was going to have to cancel everything else in my life and make this a priority, because Hank Williams means so much to so many people. He’s an icon, and he’s left a legacy in American music, which is evergreen, And I knew once I said yes, the seriousness with which I was going to take it in terms of changing the way I looked, changing the way I sounded, getting under the skin of his particular artistic spirit and the music and the culture, and I’m honoring that, doing right by him.”

Hiddleston worked with the film’s music director, Rodney Crowell, to prepare to play his role as genuinely as possible. “It was challenging. Of course it was,” Hiddleston concedes. “Doing something like this isn’t easy, but it’s the best kind of work. It’s the kind of work you dream about as an actor.”

“I Saw the Light” is now playing in select cities, and opens nationwide on April 1.


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