Tom Hiddleston got to play with a baby leopard on James Corden’s show

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I missed covering this earlier, but it’s worth watching now. I apologize for not getting to it! Tom Hiddleston’s two-month American promotional took him to James Corden’s late show, and the videos are rather adorable. Corden paired Hiddles with Thomas Middleditch, best known for his work on Silicon Valley. I really like Middleditch in general – I think he’s a great comedic actor and I enjoy the fact that he’s getting more heat these days. The combo of Hiddleston and Middleditch is sort of nerd-hot. Here they talk about how Middleditch accidentally got on a group text for the Kong: Skull Island cast.

Cute. But the real cuteness happened when the third guest came out, and it was Jack Hanna. Hanna brought some of his baby animals. Tom and Thomas holding baby leopards? Amazing. Hiddles’ leopard was a climber too. The leopard must have mistaken that tall-as-hell bloke for a tree. I also love when Corden almost cries at the penguin.

Very sweet. I think this appearance might mark the end of Tom’s promotional work in America? Soon he has to head back to England to work on the third Thor film, which will likely be his last Marvel movie.

Incidentally, I’m still watching The Night Manager. The pace of the second episode threw me off a bit, but I absolutely LOVE David Harewood so I was very pleased to see him play an American intelligence dude.


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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    Cheesecake! My Tommy LICKED cheesecake off his finger. Twice.

    The whole episode is worth watching for Corden’s take on Lemonade, the cheesecake incident, Shakespeare Improv Beach Party and, of course, the climbing leopard, the crotch diving bearcat, the aloof echidna, and the pant leg tugging penguin and the two British guys adorably freaking out

    • SusanneToo says:

      I love JC. Even when his guests don’t really interest me(definitely not Monday’s show)he makes it so much fun to watch. A big, cuddly teddy bear. If they make a live action Pooh movie, it’s James for Winnie!

    • Rachel says:

      I so wish I could stay up late enough to watch his show. That clip was everything.

  2. InvaderTak says:

    Ok, now the suit looks plum again. Oy. And I want to pet the leopard SO BAD they made the most precious noises!

  3. missmerry says:

    I get embarrassed when women scream at men like they do in this video.
    Like, Hiddleston did the Lion King thing and 6 women thought they got pregnant just then and screamed about it.

  4. Gingerly says:

    They were an adorable nerd duo and the show was pleasant. Go back to your London home and take a rest, Hiddles. You have done a very decent job in promoting three works.

    And one thing about High-Rise, if you can, be sure to watch the movie in theater. You may hate it in the end, or feel cold about it, but one thing is certain. Watching HR is an EXTRAORDINARY cinematic experience, truly. The film indeed creates a crazy world. It is a rhapsodic, psychidelic opera, or a dynamic piece of an installation art. Your monitor or 80 inch TV, and home theater system cannot do this explosive film justice.

    • Cranberry says:

      Oh thanks for the positive encouragement. That’s what I’m hoping for. It looks fabulous in the trailers, and I want to get the full effect of it.

    • ennuiarethechampions says:

      I am so looking forward to seeing this in the theater!

    • icerose says:

      i saw High Rise when it first arrived in the UK and found it fascinating.I will be seeing it again next week.I found some of the early reviews annoying as they seem to see it as another snow piercer which it was not .Even the Variety seem to get it wrong and focussed entirely on the political struggle when the book was more about the disintegration of a community and was closely aligned to his experience in a Japanese internment camp during the war as a boy and how individuals changed.
      It has some very funny moments and some Tom dead pan humour and the violence is toned down which i was kind of glad about

  5. NUTBALLS says:

    The animals are living the dreams of the Hiddlestoners… climbing the HiddleTree and burrowing into the HiddleCrotch. Oh Lordy, I need to get some yardwork done now that we’ve discussed this already on the last Hiddles thread.

    Is this the last of his promo appearances? With High Rise on demand starting tomorrow, I wonder if he’ll be headed home and on vacay finally.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He has Graham Norton next week so no vacation yet.

      I don’t know of any more announced appearances here. He did a round table Monday that hasn’t been released yet.

      I hope he is using this time in California to line up more projects

      • Beach girl says:

        Graham Norton May 6. Wizard Con I believe June 3. He did follow Jummy Fallon recently so maybe something in the future. Haven’t heard if SI will be at SDCC or if there will be another convention from Universal/legendary/ Warner Bros. But yes he’s got some much needed quiet time May /June.

      • KTE says:

        He’s on the same Grahan Norton as Sam Jackson, who is in London this week, so I wondered if Corden was his last US gig and if He might have flown back yesterday and be filming Graham Norton today. Unless Sam Jackson is going to be here until next week (or they’re filming piecemeal).

    • JLL says:

      The Graham Norton episode is filming here in London on Thursday 5th. So I guess SLJ is here until then, at least.

  6. Gingerly says:

    duplicated post

  7. teacakes says:

    Hiddles+tiny animal…… lord help me, I think I just swooned.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      teacakes, in case you didn’t see my response on the Cumbers post… thanks for the book tips, esp since Sixer has gone AWOL!

  8. koko says:

    Precious. I love JC reaction to the penguin, that’s how I feel about owls. I always watch how men handle babies and animals, especially those without either one. I think judging by his multiple tweets that Tom has fallen for that spotted little beauty.

    • spidey says:

      I liked his reaction to the bearcat when it was nuzzling his face.

    • Maxine Ducamp says:

      I have to agree. As much as I adore Tom Hiddleston and he was so sweet with the baby leopard, nothing beats Corden’s reaction to the penguin.

    • jammypants says:

      I never thought Corden was adorable until this. Now I think he’s a cuddly teddy made of happiness and jam.

      • icerose says:

        just loved this,
        i also heard ISTL is opening in the UK soon so I need to find out where as I doubt it will have a a wide release in the UK

      • jammypants says:

        @Ice, I wonder if it’ll play at the Odeon? It’s known for having a good selection of films, popular and rare, right? I’ve only ever walked across it once.

  9. TotallyBiased says:

    Tom wanted to meet the penguin. The penguin clearly wanted to meet Tom. JACK WHY YOU NO LET THEM MEET!?
    I still think backstage as soon as this was over Tom was all “I just want to meet the penguin, man.”

  10. Dara says:

    James Corden’s reaction to the penguin was by far the best part…mostly because that is exactly what my reaction would have been too.

  11. Cranberry says:

    Tom is so good with animals, truly! Just like he is great with kids. You can just tell how much he enjoys them AND knows how to handle them. And they obviously enjoy him.

  12. Beach girl says:

    It just occurred to me; isn’t the Met Ball this coming Monday in NY? I would think after the luncheon AW recently had for him he would receive an invitation. The question is after all the promo work he’s done lately would he stick around to attend? And for all of you shippers out there EO will be in LA Monday for the Ellen DeGeneres show on in the afternoon. They probably tape in the am, but early enough to catch a flight? Her sisters are regulars and she’s been several times. Just thinking out loud…. Hehehe.

    • waitwhat says:

      @Beach Girl
      Ellen tapes her shows ahead of time, so I think she tapes her Monday show tomorrow. Lots of time for both to be in NYC on Monday.

      • Beach girl says:

        Thanks. Wasn’t sure when Ellen filmed. so she’s probably already in LA for tomorrow’s taping, along with CE. She’s also scheduled for Seth Meyers next Tuesday in NY, then back to LA for JC on the 9th.

    • lilacflowers says:

      And when is he taping the Graham Norton Show with Malkovich and Samuel L. Jackson?

      • anon says:

        BBC website says The Graham Norton show is recorded on Thursday evening. Given the time required to edit and that Samuel L. Jackson is in London now I think it means recording for next week will be today. So Tom should be already in London.

      • icerose says:

        May 6th which is annoying as it is our quizz night and I wanted to watch it live -i will just have to avoid the internet and watch the recording.

    • Curlyq says:

      Re: THEO.

      Having seen them both in person, at the ISTL LA premiere this is my observation. They arrived separately, and they sat apart from eachother in different rows (I seriously doubt that they were pretending to not be with eachother inside a theatre where there were no paps and several hundred people who could have cared less). At the afterparty, they took a few pics together, and that was that. There was no huge love fest between them, no kissing, no handholding etc.

      I should mention that after reading the rumors beforehand, I was expecting them to act like a couple when I saw them. They didn’t. They are however very sweet in person, both of them.

      BTW: ISTL: horrible film. Not even TH’s acting could have saved it.

      • Dara says:

        Curlyq – thanks for the inside view. FWIW, the folks that saw them in Toronto for ISTL said the same thing, no interaction at all after the cameras were off, but then she pops up in Hawaii a few months later when he was there filming. Have you been to many other industry premieres? Does the cast usually sit together at those things? No snark intended – I truly am curious since I have a .01% chance of ever attending a film premiere.

        When I watched ISTL I was hugely disappointed, but I didn’t think it was a horrible film. It was supremely average, which considering all of the great gifts the director had at his disposal was such a let down. Abraham had everything he needed to make a powerful film about a compelling yet tragic figure and he blew it. Every time he came close to really striking an emotional chord, his story/editing choices let the air out of the balloon. Tom was brilliant, and in a better film his performance would have left me shattered, but I walked out of the theater strangely detached about the whole thing.

  13. DahliaDee says:

    *sings Let It Go about THEO*
    Ladies, concentrate on the topic at hand. You’ve got two Brits losing their shit over baby animals, and you’re still beating the dead horse of a never confirmed relationship. Let it go, let it gooo! Priorities, people! 😒

  14. Beach girl says:

    I know, I know, as usual you ladies are correct. Sometimes I have moments of morbid curiosity pulling me towards the dark side. Sorry for losing track of what’s important!

  15. spidey says:

    I guess some would go to iplayer to check on the plot for things they missed live! 🙂

  16. NUTBALLS says:

    Just watched High Rise. Initial thoughts:

    1. The discordant score is SO GOOD. Mansell is genius.
    2. Luke & Tom SHINE. They were perfect for their roles.
    3. Toby is AWESOME.
    4. It wasn’t as hard to watch as I had feared. I may even watch it again in the cinema next week when it opens here.
    5. I want to watch more Wheatley films.

    ETA: I saw on Twitter that Tom is one of the curators for the Tribeca Shortlist Streaming Service, where industry insiders share their favorite films.

    • spidey says:

      I’m afraid to say that I saw it the other week, and didn’t enjoy it. Definitely a marmite film.

      • Dara says:

        Marmite? As in, love it or loathe it?

      • NUTBALLS says:

        It’s definitely a niche film and won’t appeal to mainstream audiences. The second hour has disturbing scenes but it wasn’t as in-your-face as I had feared.

        It was a good film — script, cinematography & acting were well done.

      • spidey says:

        @ Dara – that’s right.

    • Gingerly says:

      Definitely watch it in the cinema. You will love every score, shot when you see it in cinema. Actually the film can be really addictive. It is like a curious riddle which cannot be solved however you try.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I forgot to mention my one complaint: the sound editing. There’s quite a lot of mumbling and I had to turn it up loud in order to catch the dialogue.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Watched it at midnight so I am a bit groggy but happy today. LOVED IT! I was actually surprised that it is less violent than the book. The score was excellent – Mansell has a new fan. Although disappointed that SOS is not on the soundtrack album. Glad to see more James Purefoy than I expected. Didn’t mind Sienna M. Will see it in the cinema

    • Dara says:

      Urgh – now I may just have to see it. I was on the fence before, and at most thought I would go the online route. Although I may not have a choice about going to a theater – the website shows the two theaters closest to me are either 200 or 700 miles away. Maybe that will change closer to theatrical release.

      Nice to hear Purefoy getting some love – he was on my British actor crush list way before I even knew who Hiddleston was.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Denver wasn’t listed on the HR website, but Landmark Theatres is showing it at one of the arthouse cinemas there. I only found out because I’m on their email list. It’s not listed on Fandango or anywhere else that I usually look.

      • Dara says:

        I didn’t see it as one of the Coming Attractions at my local Landmark but it may still show up. I can’t believe the Seattle area wouldn’t make the list – we’ve got a pretty strong arthouse market. It may be a little early for Fandango yet, some theaters don’t post their showtimes there until a few days before.

      • jammypants says:

        If you’re too impatient, you can rent it on Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Purefoy – MY Marc Antony with the best line EVER uttered on television after Servilia’s suicide in Rome.

        It is also showing ON Demand on Comcast Infinity and Verizon Fios.