Tom Hiddleston’s ‘High Rise’ nude scenes ‘may or may not be regrettable’


Tom Hiddleston’s TIFF interviews are still coming out, which brings me great joy. Surely this will wear thin eventually, as Hiddles goes Full Dragonfly in the coming months, but for now, I’m legitimately excited that we finally have new interviews to cover. Tom was profiled by Mr. Porter as part of their “Most Stylist Men of TIFF” feature, which you can see here. Some highlights:

His busy TIFF weekend: “Yes, very. High-class problems, I guess. It feels pretty good to spend just one weekend presenting almost an entire year of work to the world. And they couldn’t be more contrasting pieces.”

His nude scenes in High Rise: “I play a character who, at the beginning, is prone to nude sunbathing. So, yes, there is a degree of nakedness, which may or may not be regrettable.”

Playing Hank Williams: “There were moments of doubt, but all the best things I’ve done have had moments of doubt. It’s about commitment in the end. I went to live with this multi-Grammy-winning artist in Nashville called Rodney Crowell for five weeks who was my tutor in the ways of the blues. I’d get up in the morning and run nine miles as I had to lose weight as Hank was so thin, then Rodney and I would sing for seven hours a day.

Reactions from the Williams family: “I’ve heard from Holly Williams, who is Hank’s granddaughter. She wrote me the most unbelievable letter; one of those letters you keep forever. She said: “It’s not been an easy family because he left some things behind, but you treated everybody with respect and without judgment.” Which was just such a huge relief for us.

The best advice: “I had a teacher at drama school at RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts] who told me: “Never look over your shoulder and never look back.” Which is so true and applicable in so many situations. You can’t compare yourself to other people, and looking back isn’t helpful.”

Rules to live by: “Be kind. Be on time. Take the work seriously – don’t take yourself too seriously.”

[From Mr. Porter]

I love him for prioritizing being on time. Lainey said he was on time for her interview too. Being on time is such an underrated quality in a person. Tom telling the story about getting a letter from Holly Williams made me a little bit sad though, just because the reviews for the film are kind of terrible, which sort of proves that maybe this bio-pic wasn’t the best idea.

Also: nude sunbathing. Bless him. I’ve read in other places that he doesn’t go Full Fassbender, that there’s always some strategic “cover up” for the good bits. I bet Elisabeth Moss saw him in all of his glory though. I hope she describes it in great detail!

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    Siena Miller was the one involved in the nude sunbathing scene.

    My husband Tom is always punctual. We are serving bellinis on the veranda today, at the request of Punky and Mimif.

    Tom and Jessica will be doing a Q&A on Twitter today. And then, we’re off to Spain soon for the San Sebastien film festival.

    He’ll finally be on Graham Norton on October 2 with Branagh, Anne Hathaway and DeNiro, DeNiro! Tommy has been gushing and squeeing about meeting DeNiro and doing Graham Norton with him. Uncontrollably excited. He plans to arrive a day early. And he and Hathaway will compete to see who gushes the most.

    Let’s enjoy the Tommy Tsunami while we can. He goes to film the monkey movie mid-October and will be lost in the jungles for months.

    • Betti says:

      *gets comfy on the rocking chair*

    • vauvert says:

      Pouring a bellini (love peach bellinis, yum), lights an imaginary cigarette (it’s been 12 years since I quit, so I am allowed), and getting ready for it all:-)

      • mimif says:

        *pops imaginary Xanax and gesticulates wildly with Bellini hands*

      • vauvert says:

        mimif, you kill me:-) Did I mention the non-imaginary Oxy? not using recreationally, I only wish… But the combo of bellini and oxy makes for a very pleasant haze anyway.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      TommyAnnE and the original AnnE on the same show… love it!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        With Branagh and DeNiro. This could turn into The King of Comedy for real with AnnE playing the Sarah Bernhardt role and TommiE playing DeNiro and DeNiro playing Jerry Lewis

      • j.eyre says:

        I assume Branagh will be directing, LilacFlowers? Do you think TommiE will give DeNiro notes on the accent?

      • Bint says:

        I love you guys!

        Can someone please, pretty please, tell me the origin of the name “TommyAnnE?” I get now that it’s related to Anne Hathaway, but were they a couple once? Are they similar in personality? Please tell all.

        I’ll be on the veranda with my very own prozac if anyone wants to dish.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Bint, it was a name dubbed by the Thornfield ladies back in 2013 as a reference to Hathaway’s tryhardness that won her the Oscar that year. The “E” at the end is the reference to her misspelled name that she pointed out during her acceptance speech for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

      • Bint says:

        Geez, I feel so late to the game. Thanks Nutballs!

        Now my only question is who are the Thornfield ladies?

        *goes back to prozac and mimosas on the veranda*

      • NUTBALLS says:

        J. Eyre’s home and where the posters had their salacious fun with some of the men featured on CB.

        Look at Tom’s posts from 2013 and you’ll see some familiar names that only post periodically now. They were the heart and soul of Cumberbatch, Hiddleston, Hemsworth, Hardy and Evan’s threads. Snark and smut to infinity.

        Warning: Don’t do it if you need to go to bed early. I looked at a few early Cumby posts last year and I spent many a late night reading through every damn thread on those ancient posts, laughing myself silly. Same for Hiddles and the rest. Took weeks to get through it all, but I now know what their references pertain too — DUC, Ramona, PuddleTom etc…

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @JEyre, yes, TommiE will mimic Jerry Lewis until Mr. DeNiro either gets it perfect or throttles him. Branagh will direct with vigor until Graham shoves them all into the big red chair and dumps them

        @Bint, JEyre is mistress of Thornfield. Somebody threw both Tom and Colin out the window at some point and I rescued them and they live in my big Victorian now. Tom married me and Colin is the butler and they brought Mark Strong over as head of security. Charlie Hunnam does yard work and Matthias Schoenerts is our handyman. There is still a crew over at Thornfield, including The Otter Lizard King. Beware of Eve; she’s stabby.

      • Bint says:

        Thanks Love! You’re the best!

        *heads over to search CB archives for giggles*

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Bint, this is one of my favorites. Dara summarized the themes hilariously about three quarters of the way down:

      • Bint says:

        Kudos on that link Nutballs…I’m laughing and snorting through some others as well.

        May I just say that I feel truly deprived for not getting in on the Live Below the Line discussion thread two years ago, especially because I’m getting a girl crush on Crumpets and Crotchshots. Is C&C still around?

        If you are, C&C, please write more! Please!!

      • Eve says:


        Stabby and sneaky. You forgot “sneaky”, Lilac.

        *throws dust bomb and disappears in the cloud*

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Eve, and now, you’ve made more work for poor Colin.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Bint, C&C appears to have disappeared for good but as you can see, Eve & Fanty pop in from time to time… Sixer & EsCon too.

        PS: the Hiddles & Cumby 2013 threads were particularly good. I’d start there in your research. Allow a few weeks unless you’re childfree, friendless and unemployed in which you’ll be done in a couple of days. 😉

    • Abby_J says:

      I wonder when we will get the Graham Norton show episode here in the States? I think for a while it was the week after on BBC America.

      I adore Graham Norton and can’t wait to see Tommy on it!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        If I recall from past episodes, it takes about a week for them to show up on youtube. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

        They do edit any controversial parts though, like when Renner, Fluffalo and Olsen were on earlier this year when the “gypsy” debacle occurred. We never got to see what actually went down.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I’m sure someone will pirate it so it’s watchable on Youtube immediately.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        You’re right, fanty. This is Hiddleston we’re talking about. We don’t have to wait for Norton’s people to put it up

    • I Choose Me says:

      What’s a bellini? *Googles* Oh, I don’t like peaches so I’ll pass but I will take any other cocktails available. The veranda looks crowded today but I brought my own bean bag chair so I’ll just be over heah in the corner.

  2. Skyblue says:

    I’m jealous that he lived and worked with Rodney Crowell!

  3. Maya says:

    Maybe you feel it’s regrettable Tom but I don’t 😍

  4. Hawkeye says:

    Nude scenes regrettable for whom? NOT FOR ME!

    See you all on Lilacflowers’ veranda!

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      No Loki Pokey stick. Drat. I was looking forward to unintended comedy.

      In all honesty, I really *don’t* need to see him full monty.

  5. NUTBALLS says:

    I do think that he lives by those rules. I think he is genuinely kind. He takes his work very seriously — we joke about his earnestness — but I think he’s pretty self-deprecating when it comes to himself. At least, that’s the impression from what I can see.

    That Mr. Porter picture is my kryptonite. Good God, bomber jacket and whiskey. Take me now and do whatever you want, love.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      He in genuinely kind, and in a world filled with Trumps and Kardashians, let us not forget just how important this quality is.

      He can be overly earnest, and there will be a point when we will need to bring out the ball gags, but I think I will always have a big soft spot for him.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Miss J, I agree. Whatever his mock-able traits, he’s so much better than many of the celebs featured here. I don’t mind his loquaciousness — since I love hearing his voice — my only complaint is the $10 words and smoke-blowing answers that don’t say much. I do wish he’d drop some interesting bits about his real self when given a golden opportunity during an interview (ie Q radio interview). I find myself wishing he’d go below the surface from time to time.

        Did you happen to catch Black Mass last night? Friends of mine watched the sneak peak at the Somerville Theater. I thought of you over there in W-town and wondered if you made it over there. I love the history of that theater, but you need to have short legs like me to be comfortable!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I like the $10 words. He’s intelligent and educated in languages and the use of those words comes naturally to him as opposed to showing off. I studied language too and like when people can use words appropriately

      • Janie says:

        He needs to let more personality show, he sounds like a Hallmark card at times (common result of heavy PR scrubbing). I get it’s safer, but the side effect is generic, so he just doesn’t stick as much as he should with the general public.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        i think the world needs more $10 words, and we should get to work printing them up and distributing them where they are badly needed.

        I agree though that he is an expert at giving fluff answers that reveal nothing about himself, and this for me gets old. Heavy PR scrubbing pretty much covers it. He is way too anxious to succeed and please, and this kind of cautiousness actually backfires on him. I wish he would loosen up and risk expressing some real opinions.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Just to clarify, I don’t mind $10 words. I love learning new words and like him, I often speak in metaphor. My complaint is what Miss Jupitero expressed much more eloquently than I. Too much fluff, not enough meat in his answers. I’m usually disappointed that he didn’t go deep enough.

        A minor irritant for someone who otherwise I enjoy listening too. I’m lobbying for him to do more audiobook narration in his downtime as I could enjoy listening to him read the phone book to me.

      • jammypants says:

        Isn’t that an actor’s job though? They have no obligation to reveal anything about themselves.

    • jammypants says:

      I think so too. Very admirable qualities in any human being.

    • icerose says:

      me to-he just seems to have the right priorities and backed away from the try to hard image especially now his career has taken off.

      • KTE says:

        See, I don’t think he’s been putting anything on – the $10 words are all him, the being eager to please, the inability to resist performing for people is definitely him. I’ve seen that in other actors – a lot of them simply can’t resist an audience, that’s why they’re actors!

        I don’t think it’s a bland PR persona and I don’t think he’s giving fluff answers – though naturally there are secrets he has to keep – I actually think how he speaks is simply reflective of his background and education. It actually tells you quite a lot about how he thinks (and how he has been *trained* to think).

        He speaks how I used to write essays at university. Put forth an argument, support the argument with clarifying examples, and provide references for your sources. Each point you make is an argument in itself, and each of them builds into the overall argument. Only he also speaks in metaphors, which I suspect is the influence of all that ancient epic poetry.

        I actually really enjoy the way he speaks, and wouldn’t change it for the world!

      • jammypants says:

        KTE, I love how he speaks too and find it genuine.

      • et alors says:

        Agreed, @KTE. He speaks like I was taught to write, albeit with much more poetic turns of phrase. Also, sometimes, it’s as if he’s verbally footnoting his references, e.g. “As Sir Kenneth Branagh, the director of Thor, told me […]”.

      • Anon222 says:

        Agreed with KTE too. That’s how I was taught in my advance writing classes in Uni. I’m just not a Double First student like he was so I’m still no good at that. I don’t think the way he speaks is showing-off, it’s more like a throw-back.

  6. Mia4S says:

    Oh dear, he seems lovely but to be honest I have a long list of male stars I’d like to see in the buff….and he’s not on it. Sorry Lord Dragonfly.

  7. Samtha says:

    He’s looking damn fine in those pics.

  8. bettyrose says:

    No no no…redheads should *not* sunbathe nude. OMG, was he putting SPF 1,000,000 on the goods?!

    • j. eyre says:

      Oh Bettyrose – I love you for this comment.

    • muffin says:

      He is blonde. Google Tom Hiddleston Walander to see his “natural” poodle hair glory.

    • icerose says:

      Skin cancer is not as sun related as it use to be-50 percent of people who get more than two melanomas have a faulty gene called a Braf gene which allows the cancer a speedy entry and that is just those who have been tested.They have only started to test for it in the last 2 years and there is still a lot they do not know about how the auto immune faulty gene works.
      I had 8 melanomas over 15 years believing it was the sun only to discover it was gene related.

      • bettyrose says:

        Still pretty unpleasant to have your skin burned to a red crisp, followed by days of itchy peeling. And on your naughty bits? Gah.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Bettyrose, and that is why this American girl of English-Irish descent and fair skin that freckles will never sunbathe or swim topless.

  9. p'enny says:

    “not regrettable”

    In the meantime, please note readers Tom’s performance has been getting rave reviews in ISTL and for that reason i think tis going to worth watching all two hours of it. The Guardian ‘two star’ club means its going to fine.

    Tom will come out of both films just fine, he’s proven he’s not just a dark-haired villian but a smooth operator and really good actor.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      I think all problems with ISTL are with direction and editing. I haven’t heard anyone saying anything but wonderful things about TommyAnnE. One review even says the director “squanders” him.

      I said months ago that if this film flops, it won’t be because Tom did not do everything humanly possible to make it soar. I think I nailed it.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        And he pretty much has answered and silenced all concerns about accent and singing, save the nonsense of a certain grandson, whose own half-sister just slapped him down with her letter

      • NUTBALLS says:

        We knew the wild card would be Marc Abraham’s script and direction and unfortunately, it appears that the blame rest on him for the poor reviews. Tom worked his ass off by learning songs back when he was filming CP if I recall so if ever he put his heart and soul into a part, it’s this one. He knew how important it was to get it right. I’m glad his hard work is being recognized and that’s why I’m still going to plunk down my $10 and see it when it comes to town.

        I’m rather ticked at MA for f*cking up the movie and squandering an opportunity to tell Hank’s story right. Why EO would want to generate any gossip by being spotted holding hands with him at the HR premier is beyond my comprehension. At least pick a better director to be icky with, Lizzy.

      • p'enny says:

        are people seriously gossiping about a Marc and Lizzie story now? jeezes is it not possible he took her hand because they were in a crowd and he felt fatherly and didn’t want to lose her. I am always grabbing people in theatres and going ‘this way’ or ‘don’t leave me’

        I think some people have got too much imagination

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I don’t think there’s anything to it either, but I thought it was a bad choice since it will stir up the gossip, that’s all. She seems to be doing that this year now that she’s single and under-employed.

      • jammypants says:

        I don’t think so either but she does seem more comfortable holding Marc’s hand than Tom’s 😛

      • Catherine says:

        Another pic has appeared apparently with their arms around each other (with Tom walking alongside them).

    • icerose says:

      His reviews have been amazingly good dissipate the film.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Yeah, I’m not getting the feeling that ISTL will hurt him. His performance was in some reviews the only part that was praised, and none of the reviews seem to criticize it much (I read one that suggested a bit of overacting at parts but mostly blamed the production).

      If he picks another three or four films that are judged to be poor despite him, I think that will affect his reputation, but he’s thus far been in popular crowd-pleasers and well-reviewed indie films and Shakespeare productions. I get the sense he wanted to take a chance on a role that was a big stretch for him and signed onto a film that looked like a good prospect (it’s not like Elizabeth Olsen is desperate for work, either), only to have the production not work out as planned.

  10. ABBESS TANSY (TEE JAY) says:

    I’d just want to say that I really enjoy many of the comments on here. It’s great escape from the normal routine.
    I don’t know what it is about Hiddleston but I find him so compelling. Those eyes perhaps.

    May I join you all on the veranda? I offer mango with macadamia nut muffins and whole wheat cinnamon scones. Later on I can bring turtle brownies with or without pecans. Soft, relaxing jazz music and quiet conversation.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Please have a seat in the shade here. Colin will help you with the baked goods. We have a busy weekend ahead with today’s Twitter Q&A and whatever tidbits remaining from TIFF pop up

    • jammypants says:

      Lilac will get Mark over for refreshments. Settle in 😉

    • crazyB says:

      Yes, I actually love the comments section. The topics always deviate to so many interesting topics not that i don’t enjoy the hiddles discussion! 😀
      @Lilacflowers Is there a place for one more person!

  11. Gingerly says:

    I like him when he is simple and direct though I don’t mind his being super-wordy.

    Here is another interview where TH describes the shooting of the High-Rise. He sounds quite sincere when he says he had no time to miss MCU and I am happy to hear him proud of his job.

  12. Abby_J says:

    I can’t believe I am going to say this, because I adore Tommy so much, but Paul Bettany pulls off the striped suit better than he does.

    I hope I don’t lose my Dragonfly official membership card for saying that.

    So the nude scenes……Michael Fassbender in Shame nude or more of the average everyday star nude. This matters. I need to know for Science!

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Sienna Guillory did tweet last year about a co-star’s penis resembling an entire salmon en croute so take it from there

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I figured she was talking about Luke Evans!

      • Abby_J says:

        HAHA! I haven’t laughed that hard at something on this site in a while. I missed that, apparently. Really, whether she was talking about Hiddles or Evans. The description is awesome.

      • icerose says:

        I could not understand the Variety’s review of High Rise at all but need to see it before i make a final judgement and all his talk of class system-it was like he had not read the book -and talking about a snow piercer hero was just off the wall.It was based on Ballard’s experience in a civilian prisoner of war camp during the war as was about the psychological effects of profound experiences as well as how the modern lifestyle changes can impact on personality and behaviour.
        It also makes me wonder about his ISTL review now

        @Nutballs-i suspect it might be Luke as well but will let you know when i see it in a few weeks

      • NUTBALLS says:

        icerose, we’ll expect a full report of all the nudity and sex scenes.

      • Heather says:

        I’ve read some reviews from fans that have seen High Rise – they did say no sign of the Loki pokey stick, but there is plenty of Hiddles Butt. I’m sure if Tom had let it all out, we’d definitely all know about it by now, lol.

        Guillory probably wouldn’t have seen it anyway – Tom’s sexy times are with Miller and Moss!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I really REALLY want to see this! Why can’t they at least release a proper trailer?

      • The Understudy says:

        *I shall try not to be a plot spoiler but if you want to wait for the film I would suggest you skip my post*

        Sorry no naked Luke Evans, the only full frontal male nudity I noticed was in a scene in Royal’s apartment and I think Sienna Guillory is in that shot, it would make sense to me she was referring to the random chap I noticed.
        There were several strategically filmed scenes of a naked Laing; on the balcony and in the shower, at one point he undresses and reveals some shockingly baggy 70s Y-fronts. Sienna Miller’s character Charlotte Melville actually tells Laing he looks better with his clothes off, “You’re lucky not many people do” – how thoughtful. He is often objectified, referred to as the best amenity in the building and a fine specimen.
        The film is a tremendously wild ride, I loved it, not for the easily offended though. Amy Jump’s screenplay takes liberties with the book and I think improves it, expanding on some characters in extreme ways and leaving out others. There are some really funny and touching scenes, standouts being between Laing and Toby, Charlotte’s son who has a great arc in the film.

        If you want a sex scene teaser Laing does have his head between Charlotte’s thighs at one point…

      • Waitwhat says:

        Definitely not Luke. @The Understudy is correct.

        I loved how Amy Jump bumped up the character of Charlotte’s son. And the birthday cake scene.

        But we really need to talk about the rowing machine and squash scenes, and the push-ups. Bonus points for 70s squash apparel.

        Also every time he lights up. Filthy habit, but God he’s sexy as hell doing that.

      • The Understudy says:

        True! There is huge amount of fake nicotine inhalation in the film and he does it finely. I recall an actor once saying one should never act smoking a cigarette, act the scene and smoke the cigarette incidentally. There’s a scene where he’s lying on the bed and the ash drops in his face, I expect it was accidental but he just went with it.

        The very era authentic, tight white shorts for the physical activities did not go unnoticed here either.

      • LadyLoo says:

        I took the salmon en croute remark to mean a willy wrapped in something. The dish is salmon wrapped in pastry.

        I figured the croute part was one of those protective socks male actors use when shooting nude scenes.

        I still don’t think it refers to TH, necessarily.

        And I’ve not been able to treat myself to it (Harrod’s food hall – for those wanting to sample!) since I heard that comment!!

  13. kri says:

    Common courtesy is fast disappearing. I fall in love with people who are on time. And gingers. Prompt gingers do it best!!

  14. Catherine says:

    Isn’t he usually late for premieres/awards though? The twitter Q&A is running 40 mins late.

    • jammypants says:

      probably traffic

    • Anon222 says:

      He isn’t late for the premieres/awards, he just cut it close. It’s likely that Luke didn’t want him to be there too early to spend too much time on redcarpet because we know Luke, he has to be with Tom every step of the way. Can’t be too fun for Luke being so close to the screaming fans for a prolong period of time.

      • Catherine says:

        That’s what I meant he arrives on the red carpet at the last minute, and I don’t think Luke has anything to do with it. Doubt he’s late on set though.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He had time to do press interviews and the photo line-up on the red carpet at the 2015 BAFTAs, the 2014 Evening Standard Awards, and the 2014 Olivier awards so he can’t be cutting things too close or too last minute.

      • Dara says:

        Don’t award shows/red carpets usually assign arrival times to the celebs – or at least an arrival window? I know the Oscars and the Emmys do. Otherwise it would be mayhem if everyone arrived at once or dead quiet if no showed up for the reporters to interview. The crowd favorites or A-listers usually arrive closest to the start time of the show, otherwise no one would pay attention to any other attendees.

  15. NUTBALLS says:

    That Q&A was lame.

    • et alors says:

      Jessica’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang answer was cute, though. As I’ve said before, I ship Hiddlestain, but they really do have a teasing brother/sister dynamic.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I adore them together. I want video footage of that google talk they did yesterday. Get on it et alors, I’m looking at you!

        Allegra used drop a lot of good stuff too… where is she??

      • et alors says:

        I think I read that there *will* be video released at some point, so if I see, I’ll definitely post it.

        I’m ready for more footage of Josh Horowitz blushing and swooning over Tom.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I saw that tweet… the tease! Another video I want to see. I suspect Tom and Jess share a naughty sense of humor.

      • Allegra says:


        As usual, I´m late to the party.
        Here is a new interview with Tom for Flicks And The City:

        And another one with Charlie H:

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @allegra, thank you! The cable knit navy sweater with the sleeves pushed up and lots of hand gestures! Wait, he’s talking, isn’t he? Must watch again. And again.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        His fingers were VERY DISTRACTING. I don’t think I heard a word he said.

      • Allegra says:

        Tom has amazing hands with long fingers and I can´t help but wonder if he also plays piano.

        And from ‏@ErikDavis:
        Fun Fact: Before I interviewed @twhiddleston yesterday, I heard him rocking out to the theme from Ghostbusters. Of course we talked about it.

        Now we know why he chose Ghostbusters over Back to the Future , he just likes the theme song and Chris H is in the new version of the movie.

    • crazyB says:

      I don’t remember in which interview but he did say once that he does play or has played the piano.

  16. crazyB says:

    Extrememly lame!

    • Allegra says:

      Who or what is lame?

      • crazyB says:

        I was posting a reply to Nutballs regarding the twitter Q & A but it got posted as a separate comment. It was very short, guessing due to the lack of much time as they came quite late. But still like these two together!

      • Allegra says:

        That interview had 2 parts, in first one they talked about Kong and Thor.The second part they just had time to do a short Q&A. I liked it too.

    • crazyB says:

      I need to pay more attention to what is being said…So easy to get distracted watching his interviews. It’s a slippery slope. 😛

  17. Allegra says:

    Here is a ISTL´s vídeo-review from WeLiveFilm :
    He said great things about Tom & Lizzie and was also generous with the director to my surprise.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Nick sounds more like a fanboy than a real reviewer. He was loathe to criticize and didn’t really get into the script issues.

      • et alors says:

        NUTBALLS, I tried posting links twice, but both comments didn’t pass moderation. Anyway, USA Today named ISTL as one of TIFF’s five best moments, and JoBlo gave it a positive review. I think it’ll get some moderately good reviews now that the furor of the festival and its expectations have died down.

        Also, there’s a Ben Wheatley interview in Rolling Stone where he says Tom is the only actor who could pull off Laing and that he’s “so f*cking handsome.”

      • Allegra says:

        @et alors:

        You beat in this one! I was just about to write the some things you did after I read the article on the USA Today ,Joblo and Rolling Stone.

      • Allegra says:

        Here is the links:

      • Allegra says:

        Another article:
        …Filmmaker Marc A. was at the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s epic War Horse a few years back when he became fascinated by a British actor on screen.

      • et alors says:

        @Allegra, why do your links never come through as clickable links? Are you on mobile?

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Well, I certainly hope that the general audience that will see this film (country music fans, average moviegoers who don’t follow festival news) won’t be aware of the early reviews and will go and judge for themselves. I expect many will enjoy seeing a Brit doing Hank so well and won’t be as critical as a professional movie reviewer.

        et alors, I noticed that when I leave the link data off my posts, they don’t get stuck in moderation. That may be why Allegra posts that way.

      • Allegra says:

        @et alors:
        I tried to post my comment yesterday but for some reason it disappeared.

        You’re right. Last year, we had problems with so many links that I decided
        to use this little trick. So far I can say that is working fine.

      • et alors says:

        @Allegra & @NUTBALLS, I tried that trick with comment #23 below. Seemed to take just as long to post, but at least it went through. I still don’t like not having the clickable links, so I think I’ll post links correctly the first time, then tinker with them if they don’t pass moderation. Thanks to both of you!

  18. TotallyBiased says:

    So I just saw that the TIFF jury award (the Platform program) will be announced tomorrow. High Rise certainly stirred people up, but how do we think it will do in the competition? Does Ben Wheatley even have a chance? (Not sure I even know who the other directors are.)

    • TotallyBiased says:

      So TIFF awards have been announced–People’s Choice is Room, which makes that high odds on Oscar nom for movie and Brie Larson, and Platform winner is Hurt: the Steve Fonyo Story. It’s about a one-legged cancer survivor who runs across Canada raising money for cancer research, is awarded the Order of Canada, and then has it revoked 25 years later due to drug and corruption scandal.
      Interestingly, Hurt was the only documentary and the only Canadian film in the competition. Four out of TIFF’s 13 awards are already specific to Canadian films.
      I will say, Hurt was very well reviewed.–film-review-hurt.html

      • NUTBALLS says:

        ROOM is looking more and more like a Best Picture Contender after winning top awards at both TFF and TIFF. I expect Brie to pick up a Best Actress nod and interested in seeing if 8YO Jacob manages to pick up one as well.

        Spotlight was 2nd after ROOM on for People’s Choice. This one also played well at TFF & TIFF and both Keaton and Ruffalo have good shots at nominations, though it sounds as though none of the actors in the ensemble wants to be considered the lead, so that’s two supporting actors being considered.

        I’m interested to see if Jobs gets another good reception next week at NYFF and hearing what critics think of Miles Ahead. Now that ISTL has lost Oscar traction, I wonder if SPC is keeping their options open for a December release if MA is well received?

        I’m already making my list of movies and release dates and I see that I’m going to spending quite a bit of $$ this season… more than last year. So many good and interesting films coming out. I need US release dates for 45 Years and Lady In A Van for my schedule to be complete!

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Nutty–actually, Spotlight came in third:
        “Surprise first runner-up Angry Indian Goddesses is a largely improvised comedy about women in Goa who bond on the eve of their friend’s wedding. ”
        Quite the dark horse appearance, evidently.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Your right, I misread second runner up!

  19. TotallyBiased says:

    And Rolling Stone actually managed to write a positive review that entices one to see the film while being honest about what you will see, but doesn’t do it with a spoiler litany of every outrageous thing that happens! I’m impressed. Also, they referred to Hiddleston as an A-list actor, which is very kind of them.

  20. TotallyBiased says:

    Another positive review about IStL that comes off as more thoroughly considered, and explains why it hit a rocky road in its first outing.
    The movie is up to 31% on RT, and I don’t think the USA Today review has been factored in yet.

  21. gure says:

    Apparently, Tom doesn’t like the rumors about him and Olsen:
    Marc Abraham said: ” I teased Tom one day when someone was writing about it. I said ‘Dude, I would pay people to write that I was having an affair with Elizabeth Olsen’ He said ‘Yeah, but you ain’t me.’ ”
    So I guess all those rumors were made by her PR-team.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Yeah sure, Tom. If he was so opposed to it, he wouldn’t have willingly played along and given weight to it in July. He, as well as Olsen, let that rumor fester and give them publicity for 6 months before addressing it.

      I do think her PR team planted that rumor. She needs to drum up more work.

      • neutral says:

        Did Tom play along or just say nothing – not quite the same thing. Possibly they just met up as friends whilst she was in London for a day or to then and went out for the evening. If he had denied anything was going on (and I wouldn’t know either way) there would have been folks out their who said “he breaks her engagement then dumps her”. He is famously silent about his private life and I for one don’t blame him.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Neutral, I don’t know if you’re new to these posts, but on previous posts I’ve pretty much hashed out my reasons for why I think Tom was in on it and departed from his customary PR strategy in the case of THEO. I’ll let you review them at your leisure if you’re so inclined rather than taking the time to rehash them here.

      • Catherine says:

        NB, as I’ve commented before I’m of the same view (those stupid US Weekly articles, the candid pic, the pap night).

        Also from that interview: “They are super savvy people, so they can handle themselves,” says Abraham. “But what they do and what they don’t do, I don’t even know. I don’t talk to them about it. It’s not like we hang out every weekend.” Sounds like he didn’t know what was going on in July then.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I can imagine Tom uttering just about any form of swear word but somehow “ain’t” just doesn’t sound like something he would say unscripted.

      • Kathy says:

        I’m sure I’ve heard him say ‘ain’t’.
        ‘that/you ain’t me’ is a far common usage than ‘you are not me’ or ‘that is not me’, anyway, to the extent that the non-colloquial version sounds kinda odd.

      • neutral says:

        Well to be fair, I’m English and I don’t hear ain’t used a lot , particularly from anyone with Tom’s education.

      • gure says:

        Mark conveyed Tom’s reaction in his words I don’t see the problem here.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Neutral, agreed. I’m American and I have never used it. Was taught very early on not to do so and I rarely hear it from people with similar education levels.

        Of course, the reporter doesn’t say he heard Tom say it. He’s reporting what Abraham said and Abraham could have edited or embellished.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @gure, no problem at all. Just pointing out wording that would probably be more in character for Mark than Tom. That’s all.

      • Dara says:

        Marc is a southern boy at heart and he was speaking to a southern publication – he likely paraphrased, but it’s not unbelievable that an actor that immersed himself in southern dialects to play Hank, and filmed in the US for several months, might have picked it up as a conversational tick of sorts that pops up when speaking to certain people.

        “Ain’t” is a term that’s highly informal, almost slang really, but its use is no longer a sure sign of being uneducated – it’s all about context. I find that when I hear it used – or use it myself – it emphasizes the point in a way that simply saying “are not” or “am not” couldn’t. It’s the same with “gonna” – I know better, but still use it to imply a different tone. And look out if “ain’t” and “gonna” get used in the same sentence, because things are about to get serious.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Dara, forewarned is forearmed! If I see you use “aint” and “gonna” together in a post, I’ll know to take cover and I agree with all your points on this.

    • DT says:

      That’s a creepy thing for Abraham to say as well. ew ew ew ew ick

      Maybe it’s the ‘affair’ aspect of it that Tom didn’t like, they maybe weren’t predicting that he would be labelled a homewrecker quite as much as he was.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I call BS on Marc’s entire statement and if there was any funny business happening on set, I’m sure he would have known about it.

        They all need to stop shoveling…

      • neutral says:

        All the more creepy because she was seen hanging off MA’s arm at TIFF

      • Kathy says:

        He’s an actor, he likes picking up how people speak, he lives in London, of course he says ‘ain’t’.

        It’s not like he’s only ever spoken to posh people!

      • neutral says:

        Kathy I just said, as an English person, I don’t hear it used a lot.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @neutral, and I’m neither English or posh but would never use it.

    • koko says:

      That whole last paragraph makes my head spin. When does the spinning stop?

  22. Kathy says:

    Or, radical notion, just maybe they’re telling the truth!

    After all, if it was a PR job they’d surely be playing it up, given the reviews have not been good. And he at least has been very clear in the past about wanting to maintain privacy, and that he thinks talking about your private life in counterproductive for actors in the long run.

    This is the guy who decided to do 3 years of drama school when he could have capitalised on a burgeoning TV career, because he thought it would be better for him in the long run. He hasn’t used his private life for short-term publicity before, why would he start now?

  23. et alors says:

    Tom impersonates both Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton in the Coriolanus commentary.

  24. Allegra says:

    Could anyone tell me what Eddie said to Tom is this short video from ETonline Canada?
    A couple of Brits saying hello, as @TWHiddleston & #EddieRedmayne catch up briefly at #InStyle party. #ETCanadaTIFF

  25. Lilacflowers says:

    Several of the High-Rise cast, including Tom, have arrived at the San Sebastien Film Festival. In fact, his picture waving to a crowd is showing on the film festivals website. So, expect more pictures and sound bites in the next few days with Sienna Miller and Luke Evans.

    • et alors says:

      From various tweets, I gather the reactions to HR are once again extreme. Someone tweeted a picture of feces while another person said it was his favorite film.

    • Allegra says:

      So many pics and even a short video:

    • Dara says:

      Someone on Tumblr pointed out, rightfully so, that Amy Jump should have been a part of all the press for High-Rise, especially for its premiere at TIFF. It might be her choice to avoid the limelight and not do interviews, but I would be very interested in hearing her perspective about adapting such an iconic and difficult story into a screenplay.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        It is interesting that she hasn’t been part of the press, but that may just be her decision and style. I would like to hear the challenges she faced and some of the decisions she made such as eliminating the Alice character completely and making the Helen character pregnant and some of the changes in relationships that are being described in the film reviews.

      • P'enny says:

        if you google Amy Jump there is very little photos of her, i think I’ve only seen one. i just think she is a behind the scenes person

  26. et alors says:

    Tom was the most tweeted about celebrity during TIFF, and ISTL and HR were the top two most tweeted about films.

  27. et alors says:

    Tom and Jessica talk about singing karaoke for her birthday last year. Jessica’s go-to song was “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and Tom’s was “Piano Man.”