Tom Hiddleston recommends running away if you’re ever in a bar fight

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I keep seeing the same clip of Tom Hiddleston in Monkey Movie: Apocalypse Now, But With Monkeys. The clip is of John Goodman’s character trying to convince Tom’s character to join the mission to an uncharted and Kong-filled island. I can’t find the clip now, but they keeping showing a few seconds of it during Tom’s junket interviews. Anyway, apparently the “bar scene” also features a bar fight, and that’s what USA Today asked Tom about, because I guess no one is allowed to ask him about Taylor Swift and the Glorious Tiddlebanging of 2016. Here are some highlights from Tom’s USA Today interview:

His advice for anyone in a bar fight: In Kong, we meet Hiddleston’s rugged character James Conrad in a seedy bar, and Conrad quickly dispatches foes with deft use of a pool cue. Hiddleston, who trained with former members of Britain’s Special Air Service and a retired Navy SEAL for the film, was told by a tough, British ex-paratrooper: “If you get into a bar fight, the best thing to do is to pretend you don’t know what you’re doing and run, get the hell out of there,” says Hiddleston. “That’s what he said. You don’t want to get yourself in trouble.”

What to do if someone cuts ahead of you in the bar: “I’d say very politely, ‘Excuse, I’ve been waiting X amount of time.’ Usually people are pretty good about that. That’s kind of social protocol. You don’t break that rule. People are like, ‘Okay, you go ahead.’”

Doing his first big action movie: “Action has always been a part of me. In the Marvel films, it’s hidden in the playfulness and mischief of that character. But actually, there’s several one-to-ones with Captain America and Thor where the action requires choreography. But (Kong) puts all of that center stage.”

He thinks he’s the hero of The Monkey Movie: “It’s like, this is the guy you want on the ground in a jungle,” Hiddleston adds of his Conrad. “It’s lovely to be a hero.”

[From USA Today]

I haven’t even seen the movie, but I can tell that Conrad/Hiddles is not the hero. The hero is KONG. Kong is always the hero of the movie. Samuel L. Jackson might also be the antihero and I think John Goodman is the villain. As for what Tom says about bar fights… I just realized that I’ve never even witnessed a bar fight that involved punches being thrown. If I did witness it, my first reaction would probably be to just stand back and watch. But if someone cuts in front of me at the bar or anywhere else? I’m not polite.

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  1. Clare says:

    “I’d say very politely, ‘Excuse, I’ve been waiting X amount of time.’ Usually people are pretty good about that.

    PEAK BRITISH (also too true – seen this happen ALL THE TIME.)

    • Sixer says:

      Not in the pub though! We are mad-polite queue-ers, but in the pub, you just elbow everyone else out of the way and shove your £20 under the nose of the barman. Nearer to his nose than everyone else has shoved it. You’d never get a drink if you kept saying excuse me. Or perhaps I only frequent spit and sawdust pubs!

      • Jaii says:

        Spoken like a true Brit sixer , lol I don’t think tom frequents the same pubs as us common folk!

      • shelley* says:

        I don’t know so much, usually the Bar person has a good idea of who got there first.
        Blatant pushing in could lead to ugly scenes in pubs I go to. If someone tries to get in front of me they get the sharp elbows treatment.

      • Clare says:

        I think I may be frequenting toffee pubs like our pal Tom…where people nod politely at each other, wear bow ties (after formal) and let ladies cut in front of them. (Can’t help it, I live in Cambridge, and I’ll only go to pubs I can walk to)

      • Sixer says:

        Our village pub is a bit more sedate. The original owner put it up for sale because she couldn’t make a profit – as with many pubs up and down the country. So now it’s run on a community, non-profit basis. The group you’re with does a whip round and puts the cash behind the bar, then the bar staff (who are all actually neighbours) let you know when it’s run out.

        How polite is that?!

      • Spiderpig says:

        Ha! Maybe the Aldeburgh pubs? Although the only place in Aldeburgh I’ve ever seen queues is this one chippie that is locally famous. Very polite queuing protocol observed there always!

      • Dani says:

        Sixer! Tell me the best pubs to take my husband to on our ONE day in London this summer pleaseeeeeeeee! I love everything England but my husband is such a jerk and doesn’t ‘get’ it. Must prove him wrong!

      • spidey says:

        @ Spiderpig I was at the one in Aldeburgh last year – but was civilied and dined sitting down upstairs, on the biggest portion of fish and chips ever. Delicious and the restaurant was packed. Yummy.

        I guess this and the one at the end of the road are owned by the same people?

      • teacakes says:

        My main interest in pubs is for the pub quizzes – I’d love to do one in London, but I’d be terrible at it, not knowing much about anything local and all.

      • Clare says:

        @ Dani LOL try and Churchill Arms in Notting Hill – it is very ‘British’ – also the Marylebone Tup on Marylebone High Street is nice. For a more Olde World feel, try the Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street (apparently the oldest pub in England?), and the Old bank of England, by the royal courts of justice, where apparently the Demon Barber used to drink.

        /spent too much time in London pubs in my youth.

      • Tina says:

        @Dani, I agree with all of Clare’s recs. Also v good are the Old Mitre just off Hatton Garden (hard to find but worth it), the Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell (where Lenin used to drink), the Viaduct on Newgate Street which is the last surviving Victorian gin palace in London, and the George Inn on Borough High Street, London’s last remaining galleried inn. (These are all historic pubs).

  2. Lightpurple says:

    Tom and Idris on the same Monday morning. If we get some Keanu too, it will bode really well for the week.

    Nothing good comes of a bar fight. RUN!

  3. SusanneToo says:

    I’ve never been in a bar, but it sounds like good advice to me.

  4. Lucy says:

    A guy I know unintentionally (or maybe not so much) ended a fight in a bar once. He just approached one of the two men involved and asked for a cigarette. Just like that.

  5. Kiki says:

    Oh Tom Hiddlestone. You had me a polite bar fights. I love you for this “SO VERY BRITISH OF YOU”.

  6. Adrien says:

    Politeness won’t work with linecutters in China and even in Hong Kong, especially in bars. Tourists often get into fights with Mainlanders because of the locals’ barging practice. So Tom, if you ever get to encounter rude queuers in HK Disneyland or in a Shanghai buffet table, ditch the line too. No feelings hurt from native citizens just from foreign visitors.

    • Fluff says:

      I’ve experience that in China, and became adept at simply nonchalantly putting myself back in the right queuing place.

    • detritus says:

      I found this so confusing.

      There was a giant line for a bathroom and one woman just barged right up and on through. A second lady physically grabbed her and a giant scream match started. I thought it would end in blows, and almost did. The pushy lady got manhandled to the back of the line, but I have no clue what was said.

      Is this old and new cultures clashing? Is it just general pushiness being rewarded?

    • LA Elle says:

      It’s becoming an issue in parts of LA as well with some of the newer Chinese immigrants. A friend’s Chinese grandmother blames Mao and the rise of Communism, that people had to fight for basic necessities and rights and it’s obliterated basic human decency. I should mention that the grandmother was raised in US (her family left China prior to Mao), is somewhat of a snob, and is pretty dismissive of recent Chinese immigrants. So take with a grain of salt, but the theory makes sense to me?

  7. Becky says:

    Tom did a phone interview with an Aussie radio show over the weekend, and they did ask about TS. Int starts at about 30:30 mark:

  8. Skins says:

    Bar fights are not a good idea anymore. Too many mma trained guys running around wanting to beat people up.

    • LA Elle says:

      My brother briefly – we’re talking maybe two months – worked as a bouncer at a big LA club when he moved to LA. The number of stories he has about violent, drunk idiots wanting to start something still amazes me. And our Mom remains happy he didn’t tell her these stories until after he left the job.

  9. spidey says:

    Ian Botham (for the benefit of non-Brits), a very famous former England cricketer who lived up to his nickname of Beefy, would totally agree with this advice. He has said that there was often someone who will come up to him in a pub and try to pick a fight and he said he always chose to run.

    Thing is you may get hurt – and getting glassed would not be the best thing for an actor in particular, and would who get all the bad publicity – not the brain dead ape who started it, that’s for sure?

    I’m being sensible again.

  10. Fluff says:

    The only bar fights I’ve seen have involved girls screeching at each other but I’m guessing Hiddles don’t hang in Tiger Tiger much.

  11. milibili says:

    Real tough guys with dangerous ability do follow this protocol. They don’t need to show their capability. They know it is better to walk away. So I’m not surprised he gave tom that advice.

  12. lucy2 says:

    Anyone else see this headline and hear the Monty Python “Run away, run away!” in their heads.

  13. jetlagged says:

    Did anyone else catch the interview where he said his schedule is mostly booked up for the rest of the year, but he couldn’t really say what he had going on?

    If we assume at least a short bit of filming for Infinity War, maybe some re-shoots for Thor, followed by the promo for Thor, that still leaves a good chunk of the year unaccounted for. I’m looking forward to what comes next, Tom hasn’t had a proper new project (non-Marvel) announced in quite a while.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Well, he was working on Early Man and his UNICEF documentary. I suspect he can’t say that he is working on Infinity Wars because that might give away some Thor3 plot points – like another Loki is dead but not really cliffhanger. During one of the London premiere interviews, he hinted again at an unannounced theater project.

      ETA Some actors have said the Infinity Wars schedule is a nightmare

      • jetlagged says:

        @LP, I should have qualified my statement about new projects. I guess I don’t consider voice work to be quite in the same category as being in front of the camera or on stage, no matter how anticipated the project is. It takes far less time too, I’d venture that his work for Early Man is mostly done.

        Just thinking about what goes into scheduling something like IW makes my head hurt. I’ve completely given up trying to figure out who might be doing what and where.

  14. Ninette says:

    I think Tom will only do Marvel projects for the rest of the year, maybe after the promo tour for Thor 3 he will start on something new. So he will have more time to relax.

  15. teacakes says:

    I’ve witnessed a bar fight, and he’s right – you get the hell out of there and don’t get involved.

    (that goes double for anyone female)

    • Lightpurple says:

      Yes! I was walking through a bar one night and suddenly a guy tackled another guy and threw him on the floor right in front of me and a bunch of other guys started pushing around me. A helpful guy reached in, grabbed me by the arm and pulled me out of there. Very scary

  16. MI6 says:

    Maybe he did learn something from dating 🐍 after all.

  17. spidey says:

    Skull Island holding up well on Rotten Tomatoes 83%

    Finally, after several disappearing attempts and for Clare above:

    Cheshire Cheese London 1538 rebuilt after the great Fire of 1666

    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Nottingham 1189 (named for The Crusades?)
    Ye Olde Salutation Inn Nottingham 1240

    I win! :)

  18. lunchcoma says:

    Unsurprising advice. I have a friend who served in a special forces unit, and he gets semi-regularly what he’d do in various confrontations. His advice is pretty much always that you should avoid getting into any kind of physical confrontation if you can possibly help it. I suspect it’s less tempting to glamorize fights if you’ve been in some.