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Tom talks to Business Insider

Business Insider sat down with Tom at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan while he was attending the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about “High-Rise,” why he watched a real human autopsy to prepare for the role, how often he’s slept in his own bed in the last year, and what he thinks about no one going to see “I Saw the Light.”

Business Insider: Has it been fun to do these roles — “Crimson Peak,” “I Saw the Light,” “High-Rise” — where you play characters who are conflicted and have a lot going on?

Tom Hiddleston: I feel immensely lucky that I’m allowed to do so many different things. I have chosen to do those things, deliberately, but not every actor is allowed to do that and that’s an immense good fortune to choose different kinds of things to explore. They have all been fascinating for different reasons. Now in your position it’s a strange compression of all this work coming out at the same time. Where as for me, each project had its own integrity and focus. It’s very peculiar, the work of the last 18 months of the my life has been released in the space of one month.

BI: Is it daunting to have all these characters reaching the public at the same time?

Hiddleston: Not especially. It’s not like I have any control over it.

BI: It’s interesting because we as an audience are seeing you in different characters at once —

Hiddleston: Is that a good thing?

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Tom talks about ‘The Night Manager’

Along with his castmate Hugh Laurie, from ‘The Night Manager’, Tom appears to have ruled out a 2nd season of the series. Both actors said the tale of a hotel night manager drawn into spying on a British arms dealer had ended with the finale of the six-part series, the Mirror reported.

Hiddleston, 35, promoting the spy thriller in the US, said: “As it stands, Jonathan Pine exists for six hours in a mini-series. […] I don’t know what might happen outside that. The story feels complete. […] I only ever conceived of it as an adaptation of a complete novel by John le Carré. We made some alterations, we updated it so it had a political resonance and we changed the ending a little bit. I know the rumours about it extending, but none of that is real.”

Laurie, 56, added: “It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel and John le Carré has yet to write another novel. […] So in cold practical terms, no, we’re done.”

The BBC declined to comment.

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Tom talks to Time Out Magazine

Tom is on the cover of the upcoming issue of Time Out! He talked to the magazine about ‘High-Rise’ and ‘The Night Manager’, and you can read the article below. A scan of the cover has been added to our photo gallery (click here to view it).

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston is in superbrain mode as he tries to make sense of some of the ideas in his brilliantly loopy new film, ‘High-Rise’, a disturbing vision of urban living gone horribly wrong. ‘My point is, what is reality in the end? Look at us: we’re both in rooms on our own, talking to computers – which is weird when you think about it!’

We’ve spent the past 90 minutes on Skype (with him in Australia, where he’s shooting a movie, and me in London); it’s the second part of a conversation that began in a Bethnal Green café just after Christmas. Hiddleston has been recapping his short, brilliant career that includes playing Loki in the ‘Thor’ movies, starring in ‘War Horse’ and ‘Crimson Peak’, and proving himself a master of Shakespeare on TV and stage. He’s a big star with a big brain; an actor equally at home in out-there arthouse films and mega-budget action movies. Now he has also captured the Sunday-night-TV crowd, playing Jonathan Pine, a hotel worker-turned-MI6 operative, in the thrilling BBC series ‘The Night Manager’, based on a John le Carré novel. He’s clearly hungry to try everything and anything. At one point in our interview he even suggests he might learn a new language just so he can work with foreign directors.

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Tom talks to The Guardian
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Tom talks to The Guardian

Tom talked to The Guardian about his upcoming projects – ‘The Night Manager’, ‘High Rise’ and ‘I Saw The Light’ – and the article has just been posted on their official website. The featured image has been added to our gallery, and you can read the interview below.

Tom Hiddleston and I are having an argument. It is about who followed who on Twitter first. Hiddleston is insisting I followed him. I didn’t. And for some reason, this is important to clarify. What happened, I explain, is that I woke up this morning and checked my phone and there was a notification saying you had followed me. So I thought it only polite to return the favour. And then I got hounded by several thousand Tom Hiddleston fan accounts, all of which told me how lucky I was.

He shakes his head politely.

“I just woke up and the first thing my phone told me was that you followed me,” Hiddleston says, leaning back in his chair. We are in Côte Brasserie in Hampstead, north London, just up the road from where he lives. He is wearing a grey T-shirt, the hem of each sleeve perfectly bisecting his biceps. The muscles are evident but not overwhelming. They are, like the rest of him, scrupulously amiable and unwilling to announce themselves with too much fanfare.

“This is a ridiculous conversation,” he says. “But it’s fine, by the way. I mean, you were doing your homework.”

And just like that, he wins the argument so effortlessly I almost don’t realise it’s happened. But perhaps that’s what Eton and a double first in classics from Cambridge does for you. It teaches you the ability to charm someone into submission without them noticing they’ve lost ground.

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