The Night Manager is really about Englishness in so many ways,” says Tom Hiddleston of the Emmy nominated AMC limited series. “That there is a man with a British Passport out there who is spilling blood and making money from it,” the actor added of co-star Hugh Laurie’s role as arms dealer Richard Roper and his Jonathan Pine character’s attempt to stop that in the Susanne Bier-directed 6-parter, “and that in le Carré’s mind is a moral crime.”
The Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island actor was at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation on August 12 to talk about The Night Manager, his Emmy nominated role as Pine, the making of the series based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel of the same name and a compliment from the author on his performance. Hiddleston also detailed his process when he takes on a role like playing Hank Williams in 2015’s I Saw The Light film, working on the two big budget pics out next year and the importance of the performing arts.
Adding some extra spice to all that, the actor showed his much admired skill at doing impressions – tackling his TNM co-stars Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander plus Idris Elba, who appears with Hiddleston’s Loki in the Thor franchise, and the late and great Pete Postlethwaite.
Check out the video above of Hiddleston’s wide-ranging conversation with Deadline’s Dominic Patten in front of a packed house at SAG-AFTRA. Courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, we’ve posted all of the more than 1-hour interview but if you are looking for those impressions in Hiddleston’s catalogue of voices (he does a pretty great Chris “Captain America” Evans and Chris “Thor” Hemsworth too), you might want to fast forward to 19:58, 32:22 and a very special 1:11:11 as a trio of examples – you’ll need to find the rest. However, if accents are your thing, then you’ll really want to go to 1:08:13 where Hiddleston gives a concise masterclass in the art of other people’s voices.
Will 12 nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Hiddleston plus supporting noms for Laurie and Colman and a directing nom for Bier, TNM could see some wins when the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards are handed out next month. Now, if only there was a Best Impressions category ….