Saddle up with Spielberg.
FRESH from his breakthrough role as Loki in the 2011 Marvel film Thor, Hollywood up- and- comer Tom Hiddleston found himself in a surreal state of affairs.
As a star in Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated epic War Horse, the 30- year- old actor found himself working with a director that he says was ‘‘ one of the most profound influences on my childhood imagination’’.
Hiddleston plays Captain Nicholls in the emotional tale which is set during World War I and follows the journey of a miraculous horse named Joey and its journey to be reunited with its original owner Albert Narracott.
Hiddleston says after seeing the theatre production of War Horse, it was the combination of the power of the story and the beauty of the character that drew him to the role.
‘‘ I had seen the stage show in London and it’s absolutely heartbreaking and I’d always felt a very profound attachment to the story of the First World War,’’ Hiddleston says. ‘‘ I’d come off the back of playing Loki in Thor , who is quite a damaged creature and I read this and thought ‘ here is a man that is so decent and so kind despite his status as an agent of separation’.’’
His character, Captain Nicholls has the heartbreaking task of taking Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, to war after he is sold to the cavalry.
‘‘ He did it with such kindness that I thought that would be a lovely thing to explore,’’ Hiddleston says.
However, he says his most treasured memory of the experience was shooting with Hollywood great Spielberg, an event he’ll never forget.
‘‘ I kept having to pinch myself to be honest,’’ he says.
‘‘ I just felt that it was an enormous privilege and also a very special, very private validation that I picked the right job.’’
Having grown up watching Spielberg’s classics such as E. T.,
Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park, Hiddleston says it took him some time to get over his initial ‘‘ fan- boy- like enthusiasm’’ but that he never stopped admiring Spielberg’s abilities on set.
‘‘ He’s just an excessively generous, kind, humble and funny man,’’ he says.
‘‘ The thing that is most impressive is how efficient, quick and decisive Steven is as a director, that he had an incredibly nimble and wild imagination and so that there is a mixture of preparation and spontaneous creativity.’’
Hiddleston says he was pleasantly surprised to see that, although Spielberg had a clear vision for each scene and immaculately storyboarded stunts, he also had a heightened sense of what was happening on set each day. Editor Stuart Gillies TV Editor Debbie Schipp Contributors Leigh Paatsch, Craig Miller, Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Jarrad Bevan, Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson TV Writers Debbie Schipp, Tim Martain, Darren Devlyn, Anooska Tucker- Evans, James Wigney Production News central Queensland Designer Khan Tihema
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