Fall Movies 2015: Tom Hiddleston Not a Demigod in 'Crimson Peak' and 'I Saw the Light,' but Proves Impressive

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Fall Movies 2015: Tom Hiddleston Not a Demigod in 'Crimson Peak' and 'I Saw the Light,' but Proves Impressive


Strauss, Bob, Pasadena Star-News


The Norse god of mischief Loki can magically change into anyone. The versatile British actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Thor's evil stepbrother in the Marvel Comics movies, proves pretty chameleonlike himself in two fall films, "Crimson Peak" and "I Saw the Light," in theaters Oct. 16 and Nov. 27, respectively.

The former is Mexican genre auteur Guillermo del Toro's ("Hellboy," "Pacific Rim," "Pan's Labyrinth") 1890s Gothic ghost story. Mia Wasikowska is a young American heiress getting progressively creeped out by her new husband, Hiddleston's duplicitous English baronet/inventor Sir Thomas Sharpe, and his freaky sister (Jessica Chastain) at their elaborately crumbling mansion on the the blood-colored title bluff.

"Thomas Sharpe is a character who confounds and subverts the expectations of the audience and of the characters within the drama," Cambridge-educated Hiddleston explains. "He could probably be defined as an anti-hero, framed initially as the mysterious, dashing stranger from the foreign shore who captures the heart of the heroine. Then you very quickly suspect that he may have less than good intentions. Once they arrive at the house, the story takes an extraordinary turn.

"Thomas carries the oppressive weight of the past around but is so desperate to escape into the new world, mirrored by his dreams of becoming a great industrialist, someone who will literally refashion the future in a practical way," the actor continues. "But he's a man with secrets that seem to overwhelm him and his trajectory in life. …

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