Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tom & Friends Enjoy At Fun Day Of Kayaking & Zip-Lining..

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Tom Goes Zip lining!

Tom Hiddleston on why his Night Manager character could be the next 007…

The BBC’s devilishly enjoyable adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager premiered last Sunday and immediately announced itself as event television. Take the credits sequence – all morphing Martini glasses and crashing chandeliers, it was a mere Shirley Bassey solo away from stealing James Bond’s tux and making off with his audience.

Tom Hiddleston, in the title role of soldier-turned-hotelier-turned-spy Jonathan Pine, certainly scrubbed up impeccably, giving us a smoother (and younger) hero than the one who slinked through the pages of Le Carré’s 1993 novel.

It wasn’t just a matter of cutting a dash, though. The 35-year-old Englishman, a Shakespeare veteran best known to global film fans for his role as Loki in the Marvel comics franchise, hasn’t skimped on his homework either. He never does. Every close-up shows him thinking his way carefully into this part, turning the whole enterprise into a cunning chess game.

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager

“The opening paragraph of chapter two of the novel is emblazoned on the inside of my brain,” says Hiddleston, looking supremely dapper as usual in a Berlin hotel bar. “It says, ‘Jonathan Pine, graduate of a rainy archipelago of orphanages, foster homes, half-mothers, cadet units and training camps, sometime army wolf-child with a special unit in Northern Ireland…’ So you get the sense that Pine’s wasn’t an upbringing of enormous privilege, but his service in the Army and hotel management has given him this access to the manners and the milieu of the very wealthy.”

The crucial upshot of this is gaining the trust of arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), “the worst man in the world”, and using this to report back on his nefarious activities to British intelligence. Roper is part Bond villain, part mirror image of Pine – both are interlopers in the English class system drawn to each other’s opportunism and drive. It’s a lot of fun, of course, but Hiddleston takes the role a little more seriously than that – he’s happy to think through the real-world implications of this plot, which has been extensively updated from Le Carré’s book, for instance by moving the timeline to just after the Arab Spring in 2011.

“There must be people like Pine,” he decides. “I remember being fascinated by the debate last November on whether the UK should join air strikes against Islamic State. All we got was that intelligence had come from the ‘highest level’. I’ve listened to John le Carré talk about what happens in those meetings. There must be people who are truly hidden from society, gathering intelligence about targets, about numbers of troops, about weapons and so on.”

Early reactions to The Night Manager have found it hard to shake off the James Bond parallels, even going so far as to suggest that it feels like a virtual audition piece for Hiddleston as 007.

“I’ve been getting a lot of that,” he admits. “There are similarities insofar as Pine and Bond are granted a licence above and beyond the law to do bad things for the greater good. Bond has a 00 licence to kill. I don’t know if Pine is a 00 just yet…”

“Nobody would say no to Bond!” interjects Hiddleston’s director, the Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who is making her first inroad into long-form drama with this series. “Even if you ask Olivia Colman, she’s going to want to play Bond. Or any director. It’s part of the air we breathe.”

The glorious Colman, hiding a pregnancy bump under some heavy jumpers, plays Angela Burr, the spymaster who recruits Pine and installs him at the heart of Roper’s operation. In the book, Angela was a Leonard, but Bier leapt at the chance to do a gender switch.

“Part of my worry about a contemporary spy thing,” she says, “was that you’re going to alienate the entire female audience. Because you’re gonna relive that world of men having been to public schools, having more or less got the same education. And I think it’s slightly dusty. The real world is somewhat more diverse, and we have to reflect that.”

You won’t catch her implying that Le Carré’s worldview is sexist, however. “He has a very contemporary mind,” she explains. “I think he was pretty adamant to make it current.”

The process of updating the book while also satisfying Le Carré’s legion of fans was helped by the writer’s own input – Bier says that keeping him happy was a high priority. “Through him we actually got access to a whole network of spies, of people working within the weapons industry. To me as a director, almost the most frightening aspect is that people who deal with weapons might as well be dealing with luxury cars. Can it be this easy not to be found out? Apparently it is.”

Hiddleston does a pretty spot-on impression of Laurie, tilting his head with a “Well, I, erm…” that conjures pure Bertie Wooster. He calls his co-star “an extraordinary mixture of deep seriousness and irreverence” who is “painfully honest” with himself. Bier says that a resolute loathing of hypocrisy unites both men. She’s curious to know if Hiddleston ever contemplated being a spy when he was younger. “I thought about it! But I just thought my personality is too visible, in a way. I’m not disposed to secrecy.”

An actor who doesn’t like camouflage? Here Hiddleston finds himself playing a character who goes by four different aliases, and conceals his true identity from almost everyone.

“That was the challenge and the thrill of it. In every scene I had to hide sufficiently that Roper and Co aren’t smelling a rat, but not hide so much that I’m hiding from the audience. I liked the idea that there is anonymity in uniform. He finds security in the silhouette of someone who is of service. But then you scratch behind that, and what is his center?”

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Tom Hollander Reveals His ‘Night Manager’ Co-Star Tom Hiddleston Once Peed On Him After Jellyfish Incident

Unexpected celebrity anecdotes are always fun, and they don’t get much better than ‘The Night Manager’ star Tom Hollander revealing that Tom Hiddleston once peed on him. Yes, really.

The actor makes the revelation on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, in an episode which is set to air tonight (Saturday 27 February).

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The duo are currently leading the all-star ‘The Night Manager’ cast

Thankfully, Hiddleston’s actions weren’t some sort of random attack, as Hollander tells to Jonathan.

Speaking about the incident that occurred while they were filming their new BBC1 drama in Mallorca, Tom explains: “The jellyfish incident was a sad tale because otherwise it was paradise until we went swimming and I, because I’m a gentlemen, lent Elizabeth Debicki my goggles which I’d brought to Mallorca because I knew about the jellyfish problem, but she didn’t have any so she wore them.

“I swam into all the jellyfish and I don’t know if you’ve ever been stung but it’s really, really painful.

“Guess who peed on me? Tom Hiddleston, he saw this, he is heroic and sort of Bond like. “

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“He’s officer class, he’s someone you want to stand next to as you go over the top in the First World War,” he continues. “Out of the corner of my eye someone with sharp strokes cutting through the water, Hiddleston had seen I was in trouble, he came out to me, I was standing on a rock submerged in just a few feet of water and he said, ‘It’s alright. Stand back, I know what to do’, and he said, ‘Where is it?’

“Tom had done what he needed to do which was to p*ss all over me. And I’m sorry to say, it doesn’t actually work.”

Well… it’s good to know you can rely on Mr Hiddleston in a crisis, right?

The first episode of ‘The Night Manager’ was a huge hit with TV fans last weekend, and many argued that the show proved why Hiddleston should be the next James Bond.

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I Saw The Light Behind The Scenes…

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Tom As Hank Williams In I Saw The Light…

People don’t write music, it’s given to them
-Hank Williams

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Welcome to High-Rise. High-Rise – French poster – April 6 in cinemas (In France)

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The Night Manager Clip…

Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine 2…

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Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine…

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The Night Manager – Tom Hiddleston Interview

Tom Hiddleston At Hanoi airport 02/21/16

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More Tom Hiddleston Kong: Skull Island Press Conference Photos…

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Tom Hiddleston Arriving In Vietnam For Kong: Skull Island Press Conference 02/21/16…

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First Look At Benedict Filming Doctor Strange In London…

**He looks awesome! BTW, the man he is helping in the street is named Benedict Wong. (:

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Benedict & Chiwetel Ejiofor Filming Doctor Strange In London..

The Night Manager Episode 1 Part 1…

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BTS Look At Benedict’s Acceptance Speech For WhatsOnStage Award..

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Congrats to Benedict Cumberbatch on his #WOSAward. Enjoyed filming his acceptance speech in a trailer in Surrey!

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What’sOnStage in Instagram.. Congratulating Benedict!

Congrats to Benedict Cumberbatch on his award for Best Actor in a Play #WOSAwards

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30 Best Page-to-Screen Adaptations… Entertainment Weekly Article…

Novels (and a comic) that made the jump from words to wow in movies and TV

Sherlock (2010-present)

Source: Sherlock Holmes stories (1887-1927)
The creation of Doctor Who scribes Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, this update on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series revamp benefits from both extremely clever writing and the undeniable chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch’s laser-focused Holmes and Martin Freeman’s dogged Dr. Watson. Also? Awesome coat.Clark Collis

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Love Scene From The Night Manager…

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Becoming Hank – Parts One & Two… Interview With Tom & Rodney Crowell


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