Tom Hiddleston & the cast premiere ‘The Night Manager’ in LA: lovely or meh?

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Yay! The Night Manager premiere was held last night in LA and we have lots of great photos. Considering Tom Hiddleston has been touring and shilling his way through America for the better part of two weeks, I kind of think his wardrobe is suffering a bit. That grey shirt… meh. But the suit is nice, and I like his commitment to the pocket square. He does look pretty here, doesn’t he?

At the premiere, Hiddles told Sky News that he really wants the “James Bond rumors” to stop, which means he’s in the same league as Idris Elba? Yeah right. There’s also this AV Club interview with Tom that I wanted to point out – it’s a decent piece, almost exclusively about I Saw the Light, but Tom does say something interesting about how he physically transforms for characters. Like, he gained a lot of muscle weight to play Loki and then he lost weight to play Hank Williams. Unlike many actors, Tom doesn’t want the physical transformation part of his job to be the conversation:

“I don’t want to give undue significance to the weight loss. I think sometimes too much weight is contributed to the commitment of changing one’s body shape for a role. For this, it was just part and parcel of what I had to do. Nobody was going to believe me as Hank Williams unless I looked like him. It was part of the obligation inasmuch as changing my natural baritone to a tenor register was part of my obligation. I tried to do it in the healthiest way, too, by the way. I just tried to run a bit more and eat a bit less. [Laughs.] It’s a dangerous game, though, when you’re trying to represent the sickness and ill health of someone. As an actor, you have to be careful that it doesn’t actually affect your own health. There’s a very fine line between professional commitment and honorable obligation, and then just putting yourself in harm’s way.

[From The AV Club]

I totally agree with him and I wish more actors would approach physical transformation this way, instead of the go-to talking point about how hard they worked and how they physically struggled. It was insane to me in this past awards season that Leonardo DiCaprio was making such a big deal about “the conditions” and how he “survived” the grueling physical conditions… all while Matt Damon barely discussed how he made an extreme physical transformation for The Martian. And don’t get me started on Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman, et al.

I’m also including photos of Hugh Laurie, Olivia Coleman and Elizabeth Debicki. The Night Manager premieres on AMC on April 19th.

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  1. lilacflowers says:

    We are EXHAUSTED! And the promo tour continues until at least April 20. But we carry on. Refreshments and beverages for everyone. And I like the gray suit and shirt. More color would have been quite the distraction next to Hugh’s blue picnic table shirt and Elizabeth’s fishnet mold experiment (which I actually think is cool.)

    And the guy never said he wanted to be Bond; he said it would be an honor to be considered. Not the same as saying he would take it. It really must be becoming quite the distraction to be promoting three projects simultaneously, with the expectation that there might be questions about two other projects (Kong & Thor) and have people constantly throwing questions at you about a project you’re not involved with at all.

  2. Sara says:

    HUGH LAURIE MY SWEET.

    I love him so much. MARGERY!

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Crikey, Elizabeth is stunning

    I also bloody love Olivia Coleman, she’s fab!

    • MexicanMonkey says:

      Isn’t she? And I also love how tall she is.

      She was fabulous in the man from U.N.C.L.E, one of the few good things about that movie.

    • EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

      Elizabeth really is, isn’t she? And I think I’d be confused by that dress on anyone else, but on her, it’s ethereal and lovely.

    • Gingerly says:

      Let’s not forget her voice. Deep and elegant.

    • jammypants says:

      She’s elegance personified.

      • spidey says:

        Mind you, it does help when you are 6’3″ and slim!

      • jammypants says:

        Very much so! But she also carries it in her lovely poses, her manner of talking, her healthy skin and hair, and how she dresses that long frame.

    • Jellybean says:

      Olivia – yes! yes! yes!

      • Guesto says:

        And another yes from me! Olivia is sublime, and ‘sublimely gifted’ according to the equally sublimely gifted Meryl Streep who, I feel we can be assured, would know what ‘sublimely gifted’ looks like.

    • icerose says:

      i agree re Elizabeth and she carries herself so well,He parents are dancers so I guess it has come naturally.
      Olivia is brilliant in this and I am not a huge fan. Merryll Streep is overated and often comes over as stiff and mannered

  4. Applepienyc says:

    Meh? MEH? I think you must be working too hard these days, Kaiser, your perspective is lagging! He looks so hot. Love the suit and love the different shirt. The man wears a suit like no one’s business. And he can shill on our shores as long as he likes. I love having him here and am counting the days to my tickets for the Times Talk and TriBeCa events for High Rise and The Night Manager. And I truly hope he’s getting a bit of time to relax in our fair cities – in between all the shilling, of course.

  5. InvaderTak says:

    Oooh suits not blue! I like it. And dear Lord tall people. In wearing heels today.

  6. JoAnn says:

    They all look great except not sure what is happening with Elizabeth’s dress. Is that pansies? My husband said it is Kiwis but my daughter said it looks like Petri dish bacteria. Hmmm.

  7. Sixer says:

    Good lord. LEGS said something I can get behind. It is NOT heroic to starve yourself for a role. It is NOT heroic to pump yourself up for a role. You should find a compromise between authenticity and safety/general sanity.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Uncorks a bottle of champagne just for Sixer and sends over an entire lemon drizzle cake.

      And I also agree. It isn’t heroic to alter one’s body drastically. Nor is it heroic to go on at lengths about the hardships one endured while filming because it was cold or wet or you ate uncooked fish, while standing next to a fire. Talking about how hard you worked because it was challenging and you had to learn something new to do it is much more interesting, They’re not saving lives; they’re acting. Some of them need some perspective.

      • chelsea says:

        Jesus. Do you have to throw Leo DiCaprio under the bus just to keep your faith going?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I’m Catholic. My 2,000 year old faith will go on with or without sacrifice of DiCaprio.

      • DahliaDee says:

        @chelsea
        No one HAS to, but I, personally, relish the opportunity every chance I get. Him and Affleck can go bro it out some place far, far away, and never come back.

      • jammypants says:

        I find Leo overrated in looks and acting *ducks* He’s very watchable though.

      • Sixer says:

        No fair. How come Lilac gets in trouble for citing Leo but I get away with citing Bale?

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Sixer, because I have somehow acquired a stalker. I’m also pretty sure Leo isn’t the only one who has bitten into a raw fish in the name of Oscar, excuse me, art.

        @DahliaDee, at some point Affleck would have to kill Leo because he couldn’t even try a Boston accent in The Departed – and having his character grow up in Beverly doesn’t fix it.

      • DahliaDee says:

        @lilacflowers, I hope they take each other out Western quick draw style. The squinting would be unbearable though, so maybe not.

    • Sixer says:

      It’s one of the few things that annoy me about Christian Bale. He can act. He doesn’t need to be so bloody martyr-like about it. It’s unsafe, not laudable.

      I need the cake. Sixlet Minor, injured at soccer, is hobbling about the house on crutches with great drama. Even though all his swelling has gone down and he is able to leap up and cheer himself with no ill effect after having scored goals on FIFA. He doesn’t need body transformation for Oscar-worthy performance levels, I assure you. Roll on end of Easter holidays.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Aw, sorry to hear about Sixer Minor! It is kinda funny though.

      • Sixer says:

        Boy is milking it. And it is kinda funny! Would be funnier if he was milking it at school while I was trying to work, though! Original injury was a nasty moment. Thankfully, no lasting damage done.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        Sixlet Minor is a thespian in the making!

        ETA: Sorry, but what does LEGS mean, again?

      • Sixer says:

        His legs are the best thing about LEGS, in my opinion. Simple as that!

      • lilacflowers says:

        @BostonGreenEyes, scroll up and click on thumbnail 3. LEGS!

        @Sixer, sounds like Sixlet Minor could be a threat to DiCaprio. Glad he is recovering.

        I can’t help but think that Bale has done some damage to his pancreas and gallbladder through the years with the yo-yoing back and forth to extremes. And it is unnecessary, he CAN act. And brilliantly. In The Fighter, he had me convinced he was a crackhead from Lowell – and I’ve encountered more than my share of crackheads from Lowell.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Bale’s endocrine system has got to be F***ed up with the roller coaster it’s been on. No wonder he has a rep for being difficult.

        I loved him in The Fighter. And the Big Short.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I just saw The Big Short and thought it was brilliant. He was utterly psychotic in that role. Loved it.

        +1,000,000 about actors who mess themselves up for roles and then brag about it. Bravo to LEGS for standing up for health and sanity.

        Send me some of that cake please. I need it this week.

      • Sixer says:

        Nutballs, Lilac, Miss J – I agree. Bale is immensely talented. He doesn’t need the grand gestures of body transformation. And frankly, for me, they detract from the performance rather than add to it.

        Nutballs – TV update! I enjoyed the first episode of Undercover. The opening bit with the botched execution was a bit de trop (and the rest a tad overwritten). But US death row shock/horror does play well with British audiences. We’re forever making documentaries about it. You may not be aware, but the undercover subplot is highly topical and accurate. We have women who belonged to fully peaceful activist groups taking police forces to court because they had longlasting relationships with undercover officers, to the extent they had children together. One woman recently chased such an officer all the way to Australia, where the Met had tried to hide him! Otherwise, fine, fine acting. I’m back in love with Adrian Lester and loved the son, who was written in as just there as himself not a plot point or representing an issue. I like that.

        I had to stop watching The A Word. Eccleston is woefully miscast, which upsets me no end as I love him. And the mother is so overwritten that I’m actually wishing her an awful comeuppance. I get it that they need to make a point about parental resistance to a diagnosis, but if they sledgehammer it to the extent I’m judging the mother, I think it’s time for me to bow out. You know?

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, I had the same impressions of Undercover. A bit over the top and cliche-ish at times. Loved the plot and how it reflects something of real life with the undercover couplings and spyings on. I’ve taken to reading Guardian articles about the BBC shows I’m watching so I was familiar with the inquiry.

        The first episode of The A Word was a bit of a disappointment as it wasn’t as nuanced as I would have liked. The mom could have been portrayed better. I think it would have been more realistic for them to have broken down in tears at the “aha” moment of seeing their son through the therapists diagnosis, as it was for Mr Balls & I. It was like everything that didn’t seem right began to make sense and having to mourn the reality that your kid won’t ever be just like the other kids.

      • Sixer says:

        I watched three episodes and have now given up. They have the mother so in denial at the diagnosis that she is coming across as the worst parent in creation. I’m sure this wasn’t the intent but they’ve overwritten it so much it’s impossible to have sympathy for her. I don’t like being forced into a corner of judging other mothers, and especially about this. She’s a caricature of denial, a cartoon, rather than going through a grieving process that involves a bit of denial – if it was that, it would move me immensely. It’s a shame because I like all the people in it and I completely believe that the intent was pure and good.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Well, I applaud them for bringing autism into Primetime TV and I hope it will inspire other stories that involve characters with the condition. Here in the US, we’re still focused on getting LBGT characters into mainstream programming so those with neurological conditions have to wait.

        Despite their obvious attempts to tug at our heartstrings, I adore “Employable Me”. That’s the kind of reality show I can get behind.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes to all that. I really wanted to love The A Word and also applaud the intent. But my disappointment has been assuaged by the son in Undercover – so it’s all moving forward.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Same here. That kid is WONDERFUL.

        I couldn’t believe that Lester & Okonedo are 47. They both could pass for 10-15 years younger to me.

      • spidey says:

        Re Undercover – would they really want someone who had been such an anti-establishment figure to be DPP?

      • Jellybean says:

        I feel exactly the same about body transformations and Bale is one of the worst. It annoys me big time that the awards recognize it to such an extent.

    • KTE says:

      It’s not the first time – he’s been saying that for years! ISTL is not the first time he has had to change his body-shape for a role, after all.

    • Gingerly says:

      I wish people put less emphasis on the transformative aspect of acting. I felt really glad when Mark Rylance who barely changed his look won an Oscar. He was brilliant in Bridge of Spies.

      • spidey says:

        Seconded re Mark.

        It’s nice that Tom doesn’t make a martyr of himself over the changes.

      • Jellybean says:

        Exactly!!! I also found it amusing seeing Mark and Leo side by side; one acted beautifully, the other grunted his way through a suffering porn flick.

    • icerose says:

      and it can lead to diabetes

  8. EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

    ::sees a picture of Tom Hiddleston::

    ::clicks to open post full of pictures of Tom Hiddleston::

    ::posts “Ugh, I’m so sick of seeing Tom Hiddleston!!!”

    ::repeatedly checks Tom Hiddleston-picture post for replies::

    –Somebody today, probably

    • Meee4 says:

      Oh and you can’t forget about the:
      “he’s so cheesy, fake or extra”
      or
      “I don’t get why everyone likes him, he’s not attractive.”
      All coming from the same people all the time.

      Anyways my enjoyment of the suit porn continues and I’m absolutely fine with it.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      And all the while, we roll our eyes and snigger that their clicks and comments serve our evil plan for Tom to reign supreme on Celebitchy. Now, if only he were more douchebaggy, misogynistic and a certified wanker. We’d triple the number of average comments on his posts, for sure.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I don’t like the way he folded his pocket square. *Ducks*

      • NUTBALLS says:

        You know I’m not talking about you, Miss Jup!

      • spidey says:

        And I wish he would take his hands out of his pockets – I bet his mother tells him off about that. :lol:

      • koko says:

        Second that. Take those beautiful hands out of your pockets and let us admire them.
        :)

      • ennuiarethechampions says:

        @Miss Jupitero, I feel that your criticism of his pocket-square folding is unfair. If you had done your TH due diligence, you would know that his pocket-square folding was appropriate for this particular event and role, and that in general he tailors his pocket-square folding appropriately based on the type of role he is promoting.

        Have you watched old videos of him? If you did, I feel sure that you would be utterly charmed by his pocket squares. He folds his pocket squares particularly brilliantly when he is doing Shakespeare.

        [See? I can mock us too!] :-)

      • jammypants says:

        Award goes to Ennui for her work in “Killing It” directed by Winning Sarcasm.

      • icerose says:

        @ennuiarethechampio brilliant .Me I never notice pocket squares so i learnt something as well

    • Anne tommy says:

      “Thirsty” is one of my faves, though we have had “creepy” quite a lot recently ….how could this group of people be “meh”? That’s crazy talk. They all look lovely though I can’t say Elizabeth’s dress is my favourite.

      • KTE says:

        I just don’t understand ‘thirsty’ as a criticism of anyone. We’re talking, at least 90% of the time, about people who are contractually obliged to promote their work and get as much publicity as possible for it. It’s hardly their personal preference to be doing most of this stuff.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Yeah, he hasn’t struck me as thirsty since he started promos last summer. If I had to guess, I’d say that if given the choice to go home, he would have preferred that. He’s doing his job of promotion and he does it extremely well. Studios get a lot of value for their money when Tom’s shilling for them.

        The only exception to the above statement is the London outings with Lizzy, which I think had a specific “marketing” agenda behind them. It’s the only time I’d call him out on what came off to me as an attention-getting PR move.

      • KTE says:

        I must admit, I find it strange that you still believe that, Nutballs, considering that it’s so out-of-character for him and for what you think of him.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I can both praise and criticize him. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive.

      • Sixer says:

        I think it’s called saying what you see, Nutballs. I don’t ever understand why saying what you see has anything to do with side-taking.

      • LP says:

        Serious question- what was up with THEO getting papped last summer if their movie wasn’t coming out til that fall? It did read as intentional to me (that restaurant has tons of paps all the time), but I just didn’t get the timing. What were they doing??

      • NUTBALLS says:

        And apparently, I see what no other Dragonflies see based on all the back and forth of prior threads!

        And before I get roasted again, I’m going to scamper off and clean my house. It’s been a sh!t week so far the it will be therapeutic to accomplish something!

      • jammypants says:

        The Daily Mail got tipped off by a tumblr stalker in a crappy stalkery photo of them having lunch and just, what, two days later, they get their photographs taken complete with deer in headlights expressions on a night time outing. Tom just accepts it for what it is and Lizzie went full drama queen mode. Hardly PR, imo, but to each their own. Although! I’d peg those annoying gossip mag plugs about Lizzie wanting to stay single and making Tom look like the playboy on PR, hers that is.

      • spidey says:

        Nutballs!! How can housework ever be therapeutic!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Spidey, it’s one thing I have complete control over, unlike the behavior of others, who I either want to punch or whose necks I want to wring.

        If you could see the pig sty that I’ve had to endure for weeks, you’d see why it feels good to attack it. With my favorite Spotify station blaring (The Pulse of Americana), I’m a freakin’ machine!

      • Guest says:

        @Nutballs
        Do not worry Nutballs. No matter what you say, I tend to agree with you and to me it was a Pap Walk too. Whatever right? :-)

      • jammypants says:

        I love Nutballs, but we will always disagree on that walk haha!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        *blows kisses to Jammy*

        We agree on so much more than we disagree on!

        Guest, on July 23rd you and I can raise a glass of Pervy Tombangers in solidarity.

      • Guest says:

        @Nutballs and Jammy
        I love you two and I agree with Jammy a lot as well. But on 23rd I will celebrate with our dear and smart Nutballs and we will remember TOOOOOOOOOM and won’t stop snickering about that awful performance.

      • jammypants says:

        @Nutballs and Guest

        Love abound!
        I’ll have some champagne as well, not in celebration of any particular event. Simply because I like champagne ;)

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Ahem, he’s not married st 35; he must be gay. BINGO!!!!

      • jammypants says:

        He’s immature and a playboy! Something must be wrong with him, emotionally unstable *throws in more armchair psychology stereotypes of the male playboy*

      • Grump says:

        He’s waiting for me!

      • spidey says:

        Lilac and Jammy, you do realise this will be cut and pasted onto another site and taken as gospel don’t you? :)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Spidey, oh dear! Ahem, correction: as you all know he has been married to me for the past 18 months and we are blissfully happy. If the twins are boys, we will name them Kong and Skull. Hawaii and Vietnam if they are girls.

    • chelsea says:

      A couple of replies in every thread, tops. They must have a real effect on you, “ennui”.

  9. MexicanMonkey says:

    I saw a few people mention how Tom seemed desperate for Bond and I thought he did come off as a bit too enthusiastic at times.. And then I saw Henry Cavill on the Graham Norton show and I knew what embarrassingly desperate looked like.

  10. EnnuiAreTheChampions says:

    I like the fabric of TH’s suit, and the pocket square. But this was not a great hair night for him, plus — and it’s quite rare for me to say this — his pants were too tight. But he’s still lovely.

  11. KTE says:

    I think it’s about time he set-up some interview no-go areas, for the sake of his sanity. I would suggest: don’t ask me about Bond, don’t ask me about the Infinity War films, don’t ask me about class.

    I doubt he will – he’s too nice for his own good, sometimes.

    • lilacflowers says:

      He also does not have that level of clout.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Actually he does have a no-go list, but it sounds like he himself has trouble sticking to it. He gave an interview once (the one where he recited Shakespeare to ducks) and the reporter remarked that although he was asked to not ask any questions about Eton or class, Tom dove into the topic anyway.

    • Sixer says:

      Being continually asked about being Bond is all grist to the profile-building mill. I’m quite sure he doesn’t mind in the least. Far worse if nobody bothered to ask him at all.

      • KTE says:

        Have you not watched the video, Sixer? He clearly does mind, now, after 3 weeks of it coming up in every interview. He has the look of a man very politely reaching the end of his tether.

      • Sixer says:

        I only watch the videos if Lilac or Nutballs make me (and bribe me with cake). The point stands. Being asked about being Bond is not a bad thing. It is a good thing for his profile. I’m sure he doesn’t mind even if it is boring for him. I’ve seen no sign that he is willing to sacrifice career advancement because interview questions are same-y. Quite the opposite. Why would he want that? Is he not ambitious?

      • KTE says:

        You’re quite sure about it because you haven’t seen the actual evidence that contradicts it.

        He’s clearly very frustrated by the Bond talk now – this wasn’t the canned, pre-prepared answer, or the flattered and amused response we’ve seen previously.

        I think this and the Marvel stuff is really starting to get to him. There’s an interview with Capone over at Ain’t It Cool where he expresses considerable frustration with the way anything he says about Loki flies around the Internet.

        I think right now he’s in serious need of a break, and couldn’t care less about his ‘profile’.

      • jammypants says:

        @Sixer, very true, and because he’s professional, he’d never just go off the rails on people constantly asking him. He’ll show at most reluctance, but that’s it.

        @KTE, poor baby, he needs a real break

      • Sixer says:

        No, KTE. I really can’t be bothered analysing subtext and body language but… THE POINT STILL STANDS. The point being: something can be personally annoying but professionally helpful. This is true of all workplaces. And one puts up with the personally annoying because it is professionally helpful. I don’t know how much more clear I can be!

        Jammy – quite. Mock LEGS as I do for use of Hallmark archive and obnoxious complaints of reverse classism, he is always, always, ALWAYS a company man and professional.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Agreed that it is good for the profile. He does say in the interview that he is tired of being asked about it constantly because it is distracting and unfounded and answering those questions is taking away from what he is being paid to promote, although he thinks it lovely so many are so interested and he is deeply flattered or some such thing, because yes, it gets him recognition, but not for anything he has actually done.

        He also comes off as trying to politely cover up the fact that he is cranky and tired and hasn’t spent 3 days in the same time zone in the past 2 weeks, while dealing with flashes going off in his eyes constantly.

        And yet 2 more weeks of promo. My boy needs his bed in London, some cocoa, and bunny

      • KTE says:

        There’s s huge difference between putting up with something and not minding it, and he’s just directly said that he wants it to just stop, which is an odd thing to say about something you don’t mind.

      • Guest says:

        @Sixer
        I agree with you. This is Bond. And Bond is good publicity.
        @KTE
        Watched the video and to me he just laughed it off. He didn’t mind. But it looked like that to me. Can’t say that about everyone else though.

      • icerose says:

        far worse is his fans bombing the Bond sight or what ever which may be what he is referring to as well

    • chelsea says:

      You forgot THEO.

  12. Tig says:

    Can’t wait for this series! Saw I Saw the Light finally- what a great performance by Tom!

    • SusanneToo says:

      I saw it yesterday and went from being a casual TH fan(Loki, OLLA, THC)to now being a devoted fan. I’m a longtime listener to HW(8 yo when he died, listened to his music with my granddaddy)and I thought Tom did a magnificent job of capturing him. The movie itself is not memorable, but Tom’s performance is. And his singing was great. Hank had a bit more hillbilly in his voice, but I’m glad TH didn’t try to recreate that and come off sounding like a caricature. Now I’m looking forward to TNM and everything else coming down the pike.

  13. TeamAwesome says:

    I really need for Hugh Laurie to up his hair game. It doesn’t have to be as coiffed as Hiddles, but just a little something would be nice.

    Also, am now wishing for actual lemon drizzle cake. Yum!

    • jammypants says:

      Lilacflowers has this ability to disrupt your daily cravings with tea and cake suggestions.

    • spidey says:

      I actually, and unusually, have some lemon drizzle cake which I opened today and it is delicious. I also have some millionaire’s shortbread too but have managed not to open it yet.

  14. Spark says:

    Olivia Colman

  15. Myrto says:

    Hugh Laurie can’t dress himself: a dark grey suit with a blue and white shirt and a green tie??
    Just awful.
    I’m annoyed at people who clearly don’t care about the way they look.

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t care about how I look! Have at me!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I reminds me of so many creative types that i knew in Nashville. They always looks a bit sloppy and mussed up, no matter how dressed up they were. I love it.

      • Sixer says:

        Sadly for me, I’m the uncreative scruffy type. Not an original thought in my brain!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I disagree. Your nicknames are ORIGINAL and LEGENDARY on CB threads, Sixer dearest.

      • Sixer says:

        Are you mocking my obnoxiously frequent use of the CAPITAL CASE, young lady?

        (I said that in my best mum voice).

      • NUTBALLS says:

        No mockery AT ALL. Not sure I’m imitating you or Eve! But I sure like them CAPS.

      • Sixer says:

        There are three possible explanations:

        1) I am engaged in an heroic one-woman fight (well, two-woman cos Evelet) to acquit CAPITAL CASE because it is INNOCENT of internet shouting.

        2) I am too lazy and too bad a typist to insert bold tags into my posts.

        3) I am a very childish person.

        If you don’t pick numero uno, I will sulk. My sulking is not sufficient reason to pick 3.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I’m going to pick ALL THREE.

        Just because I find your sulking so enchanting. Unlike your childishness.

      • Sixer says:

        To be completely honest. I’m rubbish at sulking. Can’t keep quiet long enough to pass muster at it. Russnfussn.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Thank GOB ALMIGHTY, you can’t keep quiet!

  16. Manjit says:

    I loved “The Night Manager”. The casting was spot-on throughout.

  17. magnolia says:

    Elizabeth is younger than Hugh Laurie’s son for chrissakes! Can we not close the age gap a bit — 31 years is too large. I love Olivia Coleman too, but from some reviews I’ve read in England where the series has already aired, they bemoan the fact that her part isn’t big enough and too bad because she’s the only sympathetic character.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      And the age difference between Roper and his trophy woman existed in the book, written decades ago.

      • icerose says:

        Guesto I agree when she does appear she is brilliant and that is high praise for me.The lines she did get were great as well and stay with you

    • Guesto says:

      Re Olivia not having enough screen-time, I have a number of beefs with TNM but this is not one. Burr had a solid presence throughout the series, and Olivia is such a gifted actress that her Burr became ever-present, even when she wasn’t on screen.

    • chelsea says:

      For a trophy girlfriend, the age gap is precisely where it should be.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Olivia Coleman for Bond!

  19. browniecakes says:

    In the HappySadConfused podcast on Soundcloud with Josh Horowitz, TH said that while filming Skull Island in Australia he got together with Chris Hemsworth who lives an hour from where they were shooting. I wonder if Sam Jackson was present for that reunion as well. I am looking forward to the next D23 in Anaheim June 2017 when TH and Chris, well, okay, TH, will be promoting Thor Ragnarok which is out Nov. 2017. Can’t wait to see the Night Manager; I confess I skipped seeing ISTL.

    • jammypants says:

      ISTL is actually worth it for Tom alone. He really carried an otherwise boring movie.

      Also, I miss Hiddlesworth so much.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        A co-worker saw it last night. Rushed to my office this morning to discuss it (we’re the 2 office movie buffs and must discuss every movie we see immediately). His son had chosen it for some reason and now he is going around the office recommending it for Tom’s performance

      • jammypants says:

        I think it’s Tom’s best performance to date.

      • Cranberry says:

        I haven’t been able to stop talking about it either for the past two days. I didn’t find it boring at all. It’s not fast paced or a high frequency drama. It’s an intimate peak into the personal Hank during the last 5/6 years of his life with some singing performances speckled throughout. It was really very nice, and the performances are terrific. Tom does a really good job singing Hank’s songs.

        Most of the problem with the film is in weaving all the many relationships and chapters of Hank’s life into a cohesive harmony. There’s a lot the directer didn’t go into or just referenced, but it would have been too much to cover everything. Abraham concentrated on the intimate experience of who Hank was in his personal life.

        The major complaint from others is that the film is not the boilerplate biopic of Hank’s complete life from childhood when he first starts learning music to any of the major milestone of his rise to stardom and the effect it had on American music. People wanted to see the historical Hank W. and what made him so gifted. I can understand people being disappointed that it was not the complete biography they were expecting, but it’s a good movie despite this and despite it’s own cinematic flaws.

    • ennuiarethechampions says:

      I enjoyed the HappySadConfused podcast quite a bit; Tom and Josh have a really nice rapport. I loved when Josh said “You actually cried!” when discussing the After Hours skit with Jessica Chastain, and Tom said, “Yeah. It was the end of a really long press tour.” :-)

    • Cranberry says:

      Don’t skip if Brownie. It’s a good movie. And like me you might even buy the soundtrack, and I’m not a country music fan.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I would concur. Watch it for Tom’s performance, which is quite good. His hard work paid off.

  20. InvaderTak says:

    Anybody heard anything about some new projects from Lord Dragonfly? Going back to stage? New film? Is marvel getting in the way of committing to things? I would imagine he’s have some things to choose from after TNM going well and his performance in ISTL being credited as its best feature. So there’s potential anyway. Maybe that’s the thing; now’s the time to negotiate to his advantage. Or maybe it’s time of a bit of a break before the Marvel machine gears up? I want more!

    • Allegra says:

      Tom said that he has some ideas but did not give any more details.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Grrrr….Fine. We’ll all wait. But seriously, he/his team have made some nice decisions so far so hopefully they come up with something good after Ragnarok.

      • jammypants says:

        I’m sure he’s holding back since the press runs away with even just a single mention of what’s next in hyperbole.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Other than telling Josh Horowitz that he is mulling some ideas for a return to the stage, no. No projects announced. Marvel may be tying things up but he really can’t say much, especially as both Thor and Loki are supposed to die in Ragnorak.

      Additionally, he probably does have stuff lined up but announcing now would distract from the three projects he is currently promoting. I suspect we’ll hear something once the ISTL/TNM/High-Rise PR Odyssey ends.

    • Dara says:

      I have two theories about why no new projects have been announced in a while.

      First, I think the Marvel machine may have placed a hold on his calendar for Thor 3 and Infinity Wars, even if they weren’t sure how- or even if – Loki would feature in those stories until just recently. Even if he is just making a brief appearance in any of them they can’t exactly broadcast that fact by having Tom take on another project that conflicts with Marvel filming – that would be a dead giveaway something was up with Loki.

      Second, Team Tom decided to take a ‘wait and see’ approach to how his work in ISTL, High-Rise and TNM was received by the industry. Three very different roles that might get directors and studio people looking at him in a different way than they had previously.

      If it were anyone but Tom I’d chalk the upcoming lull as a desire to have a bit of a break, but after seeing how hard he’s been working in the last two years, I don’t think the guy really needs (or even wants) a vacation.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        But there really isn’t a lull. He only finished the monkey movie less than 3 weeks ago and has been doing daily PR stuff since, which will continue at least until the end of April. Which leaves May and part of June for a possible rest at home before he heads for Australia and Loki. That isn’t much of a break for an actor and we don’t know if he has anything small lined up during that time, like finishing up that dOcumentary he made on South Sudan

      • Dara says:

        Yes @lilac, I know. But as you yourself have noted on numerous occasions, in the past he usually announced a new project as soon as another has wrapped – but here we are four months into 2016 and aside from Ragnarok there is nothing official on the horizon. I find the potential reasons for that very interesting, especially since Tom has a habit of booking projects back to back. Or are we not allowed to speculate on his career now either?

      • spidey says:

        Dara, I remember back in around 2012 when the film with Anna Pacquin fell through he was interviewed and said that there was only Thor on the table. So history repeats itself. But he hasn’t exactly been short of work in the meantime.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Could be that they’ll leave off the announcement of something new until the end of this press tour which seems reasonable. Even announcing something at the end of filming Rag sounds reasonable; let people get excited for Marvel and whatever will happen there and then focus on new things. My money is on Marvel trying to keep speculation to a minimum. Could just be the details are being hammered out on something new and the announcement didn’t perfectly coincide with wrapping something else up. Maybe he’s producing something himself and doesn’t want to announce it. Who knows? I doubt it’s because he’s suddenly unemployable so we’ll just have to wait and see. So let’s not be argumentative about it.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Dara, if I had to speculate it would be along those lines as well. I think Marvel has a hold on his schedule as they finalize the story & casting. I think he has work planned if/when he’s free over the coming year.

        It doesn’t look like Tom will get much more than a month off before Thor 3 starts up. That may be all that he needs in order to get ready for another project. He has an incredible amount of energy, strong work ethic and has said he wants to make the most of his days and opportunities. He knows the fickleness of the business; he won’t slow down unless he has to.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Of course you can speculate all you like

      • spidey says:

        Just checking, but of the actors listed to be in Thor 3 on IMDB all their schedules to have nothing but T3 coming up.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Spidey, from what I’ve seen, IMDB doesn’t get updated until something is officially announced.

      • spidey says:

        Oh, right.

      • KTE says:

        I’d expect him to take the first few months of next year ‘off’ (inverted commas because there’s bound to be meetings
        /auditions and work admin during his ‘time off’) as that seems to be his pattern after a string of back-to-back projects away from home. He might have stuff to do for BFI as part of his ambassador role, too.

        So we might not hear about his next project until the end of the year.

  21. TotallyBiased says:

    Okay, you’ve all covered what I came in here to say about Tom, but I CANNOT RESIST a shot at ED’s dress!
    It really IS a biology experiment gone wrong, and does NOT look good even on all eight feet of beautiful her.
    It is, however, striking. It will certainly help get those pics printed far and wide. So if she was taking one for the team, well done!

    • spidey says:

      Unfortunately I find Olivia’s dress strange. She is much shorter than the others and that style makes it more obvious, Plus it is very badly fitting round the bust. And those shoes!

  22. Gingerly says:

    “You have to flirt with me better, man.”

    https://youtu.be/jJ11wS-TuX8

    Love sassy Hiddles.

  23. feebee says:

    “I think sometimes too much weight is contributed to the commitment of changing one’s body shape” ha ha, pun can’t be avoided I suppose.

    Will the ISTL publicity confuse the Night Manager publicity or has he been talking about both?

    Is anyone confused over the Bond rumors. Granted my ear is not firmly planted, I been a little distracted by the election circus but still. I’ve heard about Idris Elba for Bond but Tom Hiddleston? Coming after Daniel Craig’s beefed up version. Hmmm, why would they do that? I remember seeing the “muscle” he put on to auction for Thor and I was like, put on muscle you say? Though he carried it better clothed during the Wallender series, I think that was the same-ish time? I know Bond hadn’t traditionally been muscular per-se but given the direction it’s taken Bond and the Bourne competition, they can hardly revert, can they?

    • Guesto says:

      There was one of those random ‘Next James Bond’ polls late last year in Time Mag in which he, alongside countless other actors (and actresses) featured and I guess his role in TNM and his sharp-suitedness has given it legs.

      But ultimately, there’s no real substance to it, he’s just another random name being put forward as a potential replacement.

    • Cranberry says:

      No. He filmed Wallander before he beefed up and auditioned for Thor. I believe I heard that it was Return to Cranford that he did after beefing up. There’s a scene where they have him come running down the stairs with his shirt completely open and Miss Matty almost dropped her . . . posies.

      • P'enny says:

        You can see the weight gain in s2 of Wallander, he’s positively bloated, but still gorgeous

      • KTE says:

        There were two series of Wallander, one filmed before he auditioned and one after, I believe.

  24. Guest says:

    He got a new stylist or a girl…. His clothes changed.

  25. Tessa says:

    Elizabeth is just so striking. Don’t love her dress and anyone else wearing it wouldn’t look half as lithe and graceful as she does. And, saying it again, what a pretty pair she and Tom make.

  26. ennuiarethechampions says:

    Re: the A.V. Club article, I always enjoy the A.V. Club comment section. Very clever and entertaining (albeit riddled with Thor puns in every TH article). Theirs is one of the few internet comment sections that doesn’t make me weep for the future of humankind. (Well, that and CB, of course; obviously we are brilliant!)

  27. Allegra says:

    Tom will appear on “Late Night With Seth Meyer – April 13:
    headlineplanet.com/home/2016/04/06/tom-hiddleston-maisie-williams-rooney-scheduled-for-late-night-with-seth-meyers/

  28. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    @Kaiser – Damon didn’t talk about extreme physical changes for The Martian because he didn’t have any. The weight loss was allll digital.

  29. Allegra says:

    @jammypants:
    Here is the video – Henry Cavill at Graham Norton Show:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE_kNBuzxig

  30. browniecakes says:

    Tom will be part of WizardWorld in Philadelphia the first weekend in June. Check out the VIP Platinum packages for Tom alone, Thor package and Avengers package. If you can skip paying your mortgage for a month, go for this one at nearly $1500: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/theavengersvip/details. Already sold out on Saturday.

  31. NUTBALLS says:

    I watched the SAG-AFTRA talk with Tom and it was quite good. He talks a lot about acting and his career in general and there are new things there. Not the usual junket interview and over an hour long.