What do you do if you’re Tom Hiddleston and you’re about to play Hank Williams in a biopic of his life? You turn up at a music festival and sing the famous country singer’s tracks of course.
Hiddleston took to the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival over the weekend, with his rendition of Move It On Over caught on camera.
“Look he’s right there, it’s the guy who plays Loki in the Avengers,” a man filming the action can be heard saying.
Indeed, Hiddleston is perhaps best known for playing Thor’s villainous brother in the Marvel series. But the 33-year-old is to show off his impressive vocal talents in his latest venture, I Saw The Light, which is due to start filming in Louisiana next month.
Hiddleston is no stranger to hopping on the microphone for a sing-song. Especially if he can bust out a bit of The Jungle Book’s Bare Necessities. But this role will call on the actor to hone an Alabama accent, as well, of course, as delving into the personal life of the star.
Williams was one of the major country music stars of the late 1940s and early 1950s – with eight No 1 country singles to his name – but died on New Year’s Day in 1953 at the age of just 29, a victim of his alcoholism and drug abuse.
Known as the King of the Hillbillies, he received a posthumous Pulitzer prize in 2010, awarded in recognition for his “pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force” and is enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Here’s Tom in action: