Tom Hiddleston is all about partial nudity when it makes sense ‘thematically’

Tom Hiddleston in a suit & tie = professional, a little bit fussy, but no real complaints. Tom Hiddleston in a suit and no tie = I would hit it. This is what he needs to do more often! By that I mean… I’m not going to yell at the guy for wearing a suit and tie for premieres and official events. He’s quite dapper, he’s got a Gucci contract and he seems to enjoy clothes. But he looks so much better/sexier/slightly-edgy-for-a-posh-dude when he doesn’t wear a tie.

Anyway, these are photos of Tom at the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival over the weekend. He was there to chat about The Night Manager, because I guess British people are still obsessed with that miniseries, to the point where so many people want a sequel miniseries or something. Allegedly, Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman are all on board for a sequel and now they just need to figure out what the story will be and if John le Carre will have any part in creating the story. Incidentally, while The Night Manager was/is beloved by many, the series was almost entirely shut out when the BAFTA TV nominations were announced today. No nominations for the show, for Tom, for Hugh Laurie or Olivia Coleman. Huh.

Meanwhile, Tom wants you to know that he will do nudity wherever and however he feels it’s necessary for the story:

He left fans very hot under the collar when he stripped off for The Night Manager and High Rise. And Tom Hiddleston has revealed he has no issues going nude on-screen – but only if fits in with the narrative of the role.

Speaking to Star2, the 36-year-old actor admitted: ‘If it’s a thematic part of the story, I don’t have a problem with it. Any kind of personal exposure, that was part of the thematic narrative – about how one man is trusting enough to be vulnerable and then realizing he can’t be.’

The star was also keen to stress that he wasn’t taking the plunge and going completely full frontal as he reasoned: ‘I didn’t bare all. In both instances, any partial nudity is actually thematically linked to the story.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I feel like Tom would love it if this became a thing, like it did with Michael Fassbender. Fassbender used to talk this way too and then everyone went crazy over his Fassmember and now Fassbender doesn’t talk so much about his comfort with nudity. The best thing, I feel, for actors is to just do it and say it’s for equality. That’s the Ewan McGregor Method. McGregor takes off his clothes all the time and he says he does for the sisters. Tom should follow that path.

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Chelly says:

    Hollywood is so one-sided where nudity is concerned. A lot of movies show women exposing themselves, completely, & men…well, we’re lucky if we see a butt cheek. Not that I wanna see dongs swinging throughout the screen, but if it calls for nudity, they should definitely even the odds a bit.

    • third ginger says:

      You make the swinging dongs sound like a bad thing. LOL

      • shelley* says:

        Yeah forget King Kong, I’m here for Swing Dong…

        I know its wrong to objectify people, but its the character I’m objectifying, not the Actor. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      • megan says:

        @TG Yes more swinging dong and it’s never a bad thing :p

      • Chinoiserie says:

        Not everyone wants to see dongs, I would not want women to spread their legs either. Now I don’t think you should fear nudity if the plot calls it but don’t add bunch of dongs just so you can get away with adding more naked women.

      • Beth says:

        Swinging dongs definitely doesn’t sound bad to me. There’s been so many bouncing boobs in movies. The guys should show their goods too. Gotta be fair

      • Sixer says:

        Since we have Casual Vadges on TV, I’m all for Casual Dongs on TV. You know: Going To The Shower Dongs and the like.

        Entirely unfussed one way or the other about either Titillating Vadges or Titillating Dongs. If we have one, we should have the other. None of this one but not the other.

        Dongs aren’t so special they need to be hidden.

    • Lightpurple says:

      @Sixer, to quote Viggo Mortensen’s character from Captain Fantastic: “It’s a penis. Every man has one!” A statement delivered by full frontal nude Viggo as he steps off a bus and strides to a picnic table where one of the child actors informs him “no breakfast without clothes”

      Viggo definitely has done his part to increase the number of swinging dongs on screen. And somebody needs to tell Tom that if he pauses the movie at just the right moment in the Unrelated or High-Rise nude scenes, yeah, he does go full frontal.

  2. third ginger says:

    This is the standard answer for actors. At least, he did not go on and on. I know our American awards groups pretty well, know nothing about BAFTA TV. Had they snubbed only Tom, that might be understandable, but an awards group that can’t appreciate Laurie and Colman {in TNM] is not one for which I have much respect. Also, no nomination for Riz Ahmed! What awards group can’t appreciate one of these people?

    Perhaps UK friends know more about this TV group.

    • Skylark says:

      Tom Hollander (imo, the stand-out in that very messy series) was nominated for best support.

      And having looked at the list of nominees, no surprise that TNM was passed over. It doesn’t compare in quality.

      • third ginger says:

        Could you answer a question? Did the UK critics go crazy over TNM? I know ours did over here. I can’t speak to many of the other nominees. I do love THE CROWN.

      • Sixer says:

        I concur, Skylark.

        I enjoyed TNM, but I don’t think even its most ardent fans would say it was the standout drama for acting chops here in 2016. That said, I also enjoyed The Crown on a similar basis to TNM – glossy, fun, high production values. Superficial but highly enjoyable, both shows. So unsure why The Crown did so well. I suppose they just favoured the one show like that.

        If Aberfan wins the single drama, it will make my year.

      • Hannah says:

        The crown was boring AF, had to almost force myself to finish that one. Honestly felt like it was made for americans who liked Downton Abbey etc. The actors did a good job though, especially John Lithgow and the lead ( the queen). Good production value and looked great also.
        TNM was kind of ridiculous, not the best drama on british TV by a long shot. I wasn’t particularly fond of the acting. Hiddleston giggled his way through his performance. I found him very lightweight. The rest Laurie, Coleman, Hollander were phoning in performances, they were sort of doing archetypes of what they have become known for. I found it to be quite a lazy piece of work.

      • Lightpurple says:

        It was a very crowded field. Glad to see Happy Valley get some love.

    • Becky says:

      Tom Hollander was nominated though, I thought he was unfairly snubbed in other awards. Both him and Coleman were the best performances in the series IMO.

    • Mia4s says:

      I’m not sure Riz Ahmed was eligible because The Night Of is an American show (it is nominated in the international category) but the near complete shut out of Night Manager is a pretty clear indication the Academy was not impressed or all that interested.

      • third ginger says:

        Thanks. I am interested in the difference between our EMMYS and BAFTA tv in terms of regard for TNM. I also asked about the critics because over here there is a great overlap between critical acclaim and nominations.

      • Sixer says:

        I think the Emmys are slightly more populist than the BAFTAs. You wouldn’t see long season continuing dramas like The Good Wife (we do have a few of those, they just don’t seem to sell abroad) nominated for a BAFTA, for example. And Downturd Abbey, despite its popularity, was only ever nominated twice.

    • third ginger says:

      Sixers and all, Obviously we Yanks were far more impressed with TNM. But then we’re young!! Best to everyone. I enjoy “talking” with folks from the UK so much. It is not likely that I will ever get over there.

      • Sixer says:

        I just think it’s a matter of slightly differing tastes, you know? You guys seem to love the soapy, glossy, high production value stuff more than we do. We tend to go more for the short season, strong storytelling stuff, awards-wise. And of course, we have a lot more of the latter, as we have a lot less cash going into our industry than you do. It’s no coincidence that TNM had joint US/UK financing and The Crown was made by Netflix. So short season, average budget productions are the norm here. Therefore, it’s what we value.

      • Secret squirrel says:

        Well excuuuuuuse me for not being from the UK… *heroically wipes tears of rejection on my “I❤️ TH” tank top*

        However I concede that Australian culture is still modelled off of our British links in most cases, so carry on…

      • third ginger says:

        Secret squirrel, I did not know you were from Australia. Another spectacular location I will not get to.

      • third ginger says:

        Sixer, I have to tell you I never watched a single episode of DOWNTON ABBEY. Because I’m an academic, people kept telling me I would love it, but it never seemed interesting to me.

      • Sixer says:

        ginger – it was just a soapy period drama and about as accurate as, well, something entirely inaccurate. I imagine it would have driven any sensible history academic up the wall. Sold well abroad though!

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        @thirdginger

        I’m in academia too and couldn’t even finish an episode of Downtown Abbey….

    • spidey says:

      TG Tom and Irons’ hollow crown never got never got any noms either which amazed me.

      • Lightpurple says:

        I’m surprised that Cumberbatch’s Richard III did. That was one of the most jarring, over-the-top, chew all the scenery and some of the other actors’s costumes while being out of sync with the rest of the production performances I’ve ever seen.

      • third ginger says:

        Emmy nomination for Irons over here. That may have been respect and name recognition.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Actually, Third Ginger, Irons got a SAG nomination for that, not an Emmy nod. With some of these shorter productions, sometimes I think it is a matter of timing.

      • Alice says:

        I don’t know if PBS submits the Hollow Crown series for Emmys. There is a cost involved with that.

        The Night Manager was just okay (Hiddleston was nowhere near the strongest performance in it anyway), so I’m not surprised it wasn’t big at the BAFTAs.

  3. third ginger says:

    OH, I forgot to say that at least Hiddleston did not say he hates to be objectified [like young Mr. Harrington].

  4. Lightpurple says:

    What the hell was Alistair Petrie wearing at that BFI thing? There’s some sort of blue on blue print on that jacket, which he paired with jeans and loud socks.

    Anyway, yes, Tom in a suit with no tie. Stand back from my husband. I found Eve’s old shanks.

    This nudity quote came out pretty early during the Kong press tour but suddenly, it is getting picked up all over the place a month later.

    • Secret squirrel says:

      My nimble squirrelesque body does not fear your shanks, even with Eve’s training! I’ve been dodging dogs and rocks and kangaroos for years!! You know Black Widow’s fight scenes are pretty much all modelled off of my sprints across the backyard on a frosty morning.

      P.S. Come back Eve. It’s time.

  5. megan says:

    you know who needs a nude scene? Loki. Though I doubt we would see it in pg13 movie. *sigh*

    • Becky says:

      Megan, even a PG13 Loki love scene would fuel fanfic for years to come. Tom hasn’t really done it for me for the last year or so, except as Loki.

      • megan says:

        @becky that it would ;) but we should at least get a shirtless scene like Loki emarging from pool like hot buth tub and steam coming off his body. :D yeah I just wrote a fanfiction lol

      • Beth says:

        @megan, what a great scene that would be! If Loki needs a steamy hot tub, he can use mine on my porch

  6. Liberty says:

    Clause 114a: Glimpse of actor’s bared biceps and arms may be sanctioned when used in properly staged beach or ocean splashing scene, birthday party scene, etc., but only with tank top.

    • third ginger says:

      Pretty funny!!

    • Secret squirrel says:

      I wonder if it was Tom or Taylor who got the tank top of love in the split.

      • shelley* says:

        I’m hoping for a pap shot of him cleaning his car with said tank top, while wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes.

      • Secret squirrel says:

        Well his stylist has told him no jorts allowed, but said nothing about Daisy Dukes for casual weekend wear… Should we ask Gucci to make him some?

      • Lightpurple says:

        It went back into the carefully curated collection of memorabilia for the future Taylor Swift Museum.

      • jetlagged says:

        @LP – that would be funny if I didn’t think that’s exactly where it did go. On the other hand, the curators at the Taylor Swift Museum would probably catch holy hell for including an item that the blessed Tay herself did not personally wear, since, you know, it is all about her.

  7. Beth says:

    Go ahead, Tom! Please do. Sounds great

    • Secret squirrel says:

      Question. How was Thomas Sharpe’s naked bottom “thematic” to the plot of Crimson Peak?

      Question. Is posing in paper undies thematic to selling furry slippers?

      • theHord says:

        The “paper undies” were contextualized under a photoshoot theme where several tv actors were photographed in their underwear. So, actually, yes, it was.

      • third ginger says:

        I think it had to do with Tom’s and Mr. Del Toro’s choice to have him be nude and Mia W. fully dressed. Hiddleston has espoused that idea of more men doing nude scenes as much as women are asked to. Thematic? NO.
        I have read posters who hate this film [fair, of course] Though it was a box office disappointment, my family loves it. Now each of us has either taught or taken classes in Gothic Lit. Is it just a fangirl thing? No. My husband with the MFA and PHD has watched it five times.

      • Lightpurple says:

        For the first time in his life, Sir Thomas was breaking free of the bonds wrapped around him by his sister’s sexual abuse of him that began in his infancy.

      • third ginger says:

        That’s true, lightpurple. My family and I cry over this film.

      • Nanny to the Rescue says:

        Del Toro explained that he deliberately went against some norms of horror/romance genre: The woman ends up saving the hero (Charlie comes to the rescue but at the end she has to drag him out of there, not the other way around) and instead of boobs and perhaps a lady’s behind (both common in this genre) we get a man’s back side. So yeah, it is kind of thematic.

        I don’t think his butt in TNM was thematic, tho. That was just meh.

  8. spidey says:

    I may be old fashioned but I like my actor/esses to maintain little mystery! Sometimes it is better than being disappointed 😀

    • Secret squirrel says:

      I agree. Let the imagination run free!!

      Sometimes I feel like Hollywood is lazy, or thinks we are all too lazy to picture a scene in our own minds. “Okay peoples. Fade to love scene here. Actually you probably won’t do that right so we are going to go right ahead and just film the whole thing for you… from six different angles… and with music and unrealistic lighting…”

  9. LaraK says:

    100% yes to the HiddleDiddle. Take it all off!

    And also a resounding yes to the suit and no tie. Visually he hits all hate right notes for me. Just needs to calm down significantly mentally to be appealing.

  10. Secret squirrel says:

    Jeepers. That suprasternal notch at the base of his throat is maddeningly beautiful. Definitely more open shirts more often please!

    • spidey says:

      The what? :)

      • third ginger says:

        What’s with the fancy talking?

      • Secret squirrel says:

        Well I could just say the hollow at the base of his throat, but I am determined to impress you all with my knowledge of biology.

      • spidey says:

        glad it is’t just me TG but then some of my Latin came back and I thought supra = above and sterna = sternum so above the sternum. But if you really want to appear learned you should call it the “fossa jugularis sternalis”

        I win!

        And SS don’t you mean anatomy? :)

      • Lightpurple says:

        I’m impressed Secret Squirrel. Now, can we talk about the area of his neck just below where his jaw connects below/in front of his right ear?

    • Lightpurple says:

      Yes, it most certainly is.

    • Grace says:

      Suprasternal notch :) That’s a phrase I intend to remember. Yes, very beautiful.

  11. Forestlass says:

    I will never ever ever take Tom Hiddeleston seriously… McGregor is just so effortlessly awesome.

  12. Janie says:

    He should keep his clothes on. That boxer photo shoot was so offputting.

  13. jetlagged says:

    Can we blame lack of nominations for TNM on Brexit? Because I really want to blame it on Brexit.

    • third ginger says:

      LOL. Sounds fine. We blame the Oscar Best Picture fiasco on Trump.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      Hahahaha
      Honestly I am nearly blaming my cherry tree not blossoming on Brexit but blaming the lack of nominations for TNM on it might be a bit extreme lol

      • jetlagged says:

        OK, maybe not Brexit itself, but I wonder about the underlying sentiment behind both. Looking at past BAFTA nominations, and even those this year, they seem to have a strong bias against anything remotely international, and TNM was very international – Danish director, major funding from a US Network, lead cast who were internationally successful (with exception of Tom Hollander), most of the filming was done outside the UK, huge overseas viewership, etc. For a nominating body whose livelihood depends on the continued success of homegrown British productions, perhaps it just wasn’t British enough.

        Or, it was a very crowded field, and just wasn’t considered good enough. I’m still going to blame Brexit though.

    • Janie says:

      No. Brexiters are exactly the types who think staid mediocre shows like the night manager desverves to be nominated. The daily Mail crowd was crazy for this show.

      • third ginger says:

        However, in the USA, all the progressives I know love it. Critics,too.

      • third ginger says:

        Can you really divide TV viewers in your country that way? Those of us who are American progressives try that with Trump voters, but we are often surprised. Anyway, I do not know your country well enough to theorize.

      • Skylark says:

        @third ginger – please don’t take any notice of ridiculous generalisations based on pulled-out-of-arse bias. There is absolutely zero basis for suggesting that those who loved and considered TNM award-worthy were coming from any particular political persuasion.

        As for using the DM as ‘evidence’, well, not enough eyerolls in the world to respond to that.

      • third ginger says:

        Many thanks, Skylark. It was, after all, just a TV show. God knows both great nations have bigger problems.

      • spidey says:

        @ Janie, this Brexiter finds your comment very offensive. Can you just calmly lump 17.4m people together like that? For the record I loathe the DM. Neither am I racist, xenophobic or thick. Or any other of those “attributes” of which I and the other 17+m have been accused of. You are letting you prejudices show.

      • Lightpurple says:

        The Guardian recaps were pretty high on it too. It was pretty and fun and sometimes a TV show doesn’t need to be any more than that. If you didn’t like it, you didn’t like it. If you did, you did. And one’s politics really don’t enter into it. Unless you are a gun runner

      • Emma says:

        @spidey

        There was nothing in janies post that said anything about homophobia or racism. Bit of an over reaction to read all that into it and take such offense.
        @lightpurple
        I don’t know what a gun runner is but generally I would say of course politcs enters into your viewing preferences. Why else would we have discussions about what stories are being told and who is cast in it? Nothing exists in a vacuum.

      • third ginger says:

        emma, the point was that one cannot simply divide people into political categories based on their admiration of a TV show. That was what Janie said. I thought it was nasty, and I am an American progressive. Guess you did not watch TNM. Hugh Laurie’s character is a gun runner. That was a joke.

      • spidey says:

        @ Emma – perhaps you should check on the generalised vitriol thrown at the 17m who voted for Brexit – then you would understand the post better – and I did say “Neither am I” after saying I hate the DM.

      • spidey says:

        @ Emma, if you had a little more knowledge of the vitriol and accusations thrown at all people who voted Brexit you would perhaps understand my post better. We have as a whole been accused of all those things on a regular basis. And I did say “neither am I” when replying to Janie in my original comment.

      • spidey says:

        @ TG thank you.

      • Chris says:

        Oh dear lol… Nobody accused you of anything nor was there any vitriol.
        You might wanna consider this from the other side sometimes too. For people with immigrant background brexit is extremly sensitive. Do you have any idea of the vitriol and accusations thrown at them since brexit?

      • spidey says:

        @ Chris yes and I totally disapprove of it.

        A while back I was accused of “aligning myself” with some nasty people, when all I did was vote, reluctantly, in a way I thought was best for the country in the long run. I did not align myself with anyone. There were some nasty people on both sides of the debate.

    • notlistening says:

      You can blame it on the fact that it is a pretty shallow and stupid show.

      • Emma says:

        @thirdginger
        I didn’t read it as nasty. It’s a flippant comment based on dm pro brexit stance and how they hyped up this series. Simplistic yes? Nasty? Not necessarily.

        Anyway it wasn’t directed at anyone specific, would say it’s a bit dramatic to feel accused of all kinds of terrible isms on the back of a general comment Imao.
        You are right you can’t slaveishly decide who likes what based on political opnions. But things like demographics most definitely plays into it to some degree. For instance I am 20 something mixed raced woman who consider myself a feminist, I might not be super attracted to a show about arms dealers with two middle aged male leads, which is probably why I didn’t watch enough of this show to catch your jokes :)

  14. Guest says:

    I am sorry but did Kaiser just say she would hit Hiddleston? Like banging? I have to chuckle, Kaiser I love you. This is my proof that she does have soft spot for Hiddles.
    No BAFTAS? Wtf? So the guy gets an Emmy nom and wins a GG but they could not bother about TNM? I am shocked. Huh.

    • third ginger says:

      I thought I imagined that, but yes. I am too old to say “hit it”. My daughter would die. I will only say that there are 2 actors for whom I maintain no maternal instincts [as I do for my pretend son, Tom] That’s Idris and Fassbender. Just can’t do it.

      • Guest says:

        Fassy? Yes. Idris? No…. No. Just no. Btw I am still shocked about the BAFTAS. I honestly thought that TNM would win some awards. And Cumberbatch gets a nomination? Is it possible that the BAFTAS just forgot about TNM as it aired 14 months ago?

      • third ginger says:

        You don’t like Idris or you don’t think I deserve him? LOL. Seriously, I have been going on about this BAFTA thing all morning. I am a show business buff and teach a film class. I follow all the awards shows, but this one I know very little about. As you may know, TNM was nominated for 12 Emmys. UK friends here explained that the groups have very different tastes.

      • Guest says:

        Idris is not my cup of tea. Never was, never will. You can keep him. Now Tom as Henry V or Conrad. That is another story…. There was this one photoshoot of Hiddleston. Think it was for 1883. I don’t even think that he is good looking but that photoshoot. Holy…. Anyway as for the BAFTAS… Still puzzled. May be the timing? May be the fact that it wasn’t British enough? The press was giving good reviews. Viewings were high. So, why?

      • third ginger says:

        I’m 64. Mr. Elba would be horrified. I first saw Tom in War Horse. He seemed like a throwback to another era for me. I have the world’s greatest daughter[ only living child] but did not carry my son to term many, many years ago. There is something I find touching about Hiddleston [ also think he's a heck of an actor] and often say he would make a fine son. It’s now a family joke. My 24 year old daughter calls HIGH-RISE “the movie where my pretend brother eats a dog.”

    • spidey says:

      @ all, there were quite a lot of well thought of series that didn’t get a look in at the Baftas. Please for Corky though.

      List is near the bottom of the page:
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39564174

      • third ginger says:

        Yes. and I believe Tom Hollander was nominated for an OLIVIER,also. He’s an example of someone who has had a great career without being a movie star.

      • Guest says:

        The one who ate a dog. Very funny and accurate. I know how the GG or Oscars work but I am still puzzled. TNM was everywhere last year. I for one didn’t really like the show tbf and Hiddleston’s performance was wooden but if you compare that performance to Ben’s in HC I am just suprised like hell. I read some articles and some of them really think that his stunt with Swift and his GG speech were too much. Which is sad as he worked his arse off last year for promoting the show. And I don’t think that other shows were better tbh. I loved the Crown but that was because of the history. I do think that Hiddleston might be disappointed. I for one would have been if I were a Brit.

      • third ginger says:

        Guest, I honestly doubt the Swift thing had any effect. Even if it were true, why punish Colman and Laurie. Why not just snub him? My husband and I like TNM, but we’re old. LOL See Mia4s’ analysis. It makes sense.

    • Mia4s says:

      Remember the Emmy noms and Golden Globe wins come against less competition. It’s a mini-series there, versus a series at the Baftas. It’s a smaller pool of nominees for the US awards and not up against ongoing series. That alone helps explain why it missed the cut. It was good….too many other series were better. And let’s not oversell the reaction; it was highly regarded as a fun spy thriller, but hardly the rapturous critical reception of something like the People v. OJ.

      And Globe wins mean absolutely nothing as far as the Emmys or BAFTAS are concerned. (The Globes once nominated the Tourist. The. Tourist. For multiple awards. 😂)

      • third ginger says:

        Accurate, dispassionate, and informative as always. Bravo to you. I like information and logic as I am personally extremely emotional and far too effusive. [not unlike that young actor everyone here talks about all the time.] Anyway, I admire your posts. You know your stuff.
        Finally, no one can fully understand the Globes.

      • Mia4s says:

        Thank you @Third Ginger! My real interests in gossip tend to run less to the personal and more to the industry side of Hollywood things (although one can play into the other). It’s a fascinating system, particularly if you look at how things actually are, not how they’d like us to think they are.

        …..The Tourist was nominated for multiple Globes 😂😂….sorry. Whenever I need a laugh I just think of that. 😉

  15. MI6 says:

    Um, he has?
    See Crimson Peak.

  16. spidey says:

    Just for the record Poldark and Line of Duty didn’t get any noms at the Baftas either.

  17. jetlagged says:

    In other news, Kong has surpassed Godzilla in worldwide box office. I might be overly optimistic, but KSI could hit $175 million domestically. Against some big-time competition like Logan and Beauty and the Beast, that’s pretty damn good.

    I’ll now wait patiently for someone to tell me that over half a billion dollars in worldwide box office actually makes it a flop, the studios are disappointed in it’s performance, and everyone involved will take a career hit by having it on their resume.

    • spidey says:

      Yes, i wondered how much better it would have done (if any) if not sandwiched between those two. It currently stands at around £536m worldwide.

      • anonla says:

        Needs to make upwards of $700-800 mill to make the studios any money – I agree – whoever picked that distribution date should be fired – studios have already said publicly they will settle for $500 mill which still does not make all the money back they spent and have to pay distributors, etc. Maybe the ancillary markets will make up for some of the loss (DVD,, Direct on demand, etc.). This is all a lead in for the Godzilla franchise anyway – I don’t think any of the actors will take a hit.
        Studios want to make at least what they spent on the film, P/A, distributors, etc.

      • jetlagged says:

        I think the date was set before Beauty and Logan set theirs, and by then it was too late to move it, but definitely not ideal. I would love to know a source for that $700-800M break-even number you keep mentioning, I’ve not seen it in any of the trade articles where KSI box office is analyzed. That’s a 4x multiple on its budget, when for any other blockbuster I’ve seen discussed the break-even target always seems to be 2x or maybe 3x budget.