Tom Hiddleston crashes country music festival to perform Hank Williams

Was this just another charming Hiddleston surprise or research for a role? 


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Sep 7, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:31 pm CDT

This weekend, Tom Hiddleston crashed Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival and went onstage to perform a song by Hank Williams.

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To the casual Hiddleston aficionado, this already seems like typical behavior: He showed up somewhere, surprised everyone with an unexpected but charming talent, and then vanished politely after a few minutes. But Hiddleston connoisseurs may have picked up on a second element to this appearance. It was a test performance for his starring role in an upcoming biopic of country music legend Hank Williams.

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Another Wheatland Music Fest pic for you @twhiddleston fans. He sang “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” w/@RodneyJCrowell:

— Elisabeth Waldon (@elisabethwaldon) September 7, 2014

As one of the most English Englishmen in Hollywood, the casting decision raised a few eyebrows. Since the film won’t even start shooting until next month, this footage of him singing the classic Hank Williams hit “Move It On Over” is sure to be picked over with a fine-tooth comb.

Hiddleston’s performance compares reasonably well to the original recording of the song, but we’ll have to wait until the movie comes out before making any serious judgements about his Louisiana accent.

H/T MTV | Photo via Wikimedia

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*First Published: Sep 7, 2014, 8:14 pm CDT