Tom Hiddleston On ‘The Night Manager’: “I Feel Le Carré’s Anger Is Even Sharper Than Ever”


“I’m fascinated by the multiplicity of identity” said Tom Hiddleston tonight about taking on the role for AMC’s multi-Emmy nominated The Night Manager. Up for an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in the limited series, Hiddleston was talking with Deadline’s Dominic Patten on Friday in a Facebook Live interview – which you can see below. “I’m not just looking for roles,” he said, “I’m interested in what the entire piece says.”

Best known for his Marvel role as the mischievous and villainous Loki in the Thor and Avengers pics, Hiddleston was joined in the Susanne Bier-directed show based on John le Carré 1993 novel of the same name by Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki. Oscar winner Bier is also nominated for an Emmy for TNM as is the former House star and Colman among the 12 noms in total the series snagged.

“I feel le Carré’s anger is even sharper than ever,” said Hiddleston about the issue of arms dealing. “When the novel came out it spoke very much to the world in which it was written… those memories have receded, and yet arms dealing has not.” As for whether he’ll return for a hypothetical second season of the critically acclaimed series, it’s in “the lap of le Carré and his sons.” But, says Hiddleston, “I feel so connected to Pine and his predicament that I would be very interested to see where he would go next.”

Back as Loki, as his recently launched Instagram account teased, in the currently filming Thor: Ragnarok, Hiddleston has had quite the last year and likely quite the 2017. Besides the UK cultural phenomenon of the BBC co-produced The Night Manager and the accolades it has received on both sides of the pond, the actor had the big screen High-Rise, based on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 book, and the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light.

Next year will see not just the third Thor film for Hiddleston but also the big budget Godzilla spinoff of sorts Kong: Skull Island from Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures – which was a big deal at Comic-Con last month. Out on March 10, 2017, the 1970s set Jordan Vogt-Roberts helmed latter sees Hiddleston’s ex-SAS officer Capt. James Conrad sharing the screen with Oscar winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.

That’s to come, just like the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards – which air live on ABC September 18.

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