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Hank Williams Movie Films In Shreveport: Hank III Shares His Opinion

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Tom Hiddleston, the British actor from the films ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’, will be making his way to Shreveport very soon to begin filming the Hank Williams bio topic ‘I Saw the Light’.

Of course, nothing involving Hollywood and dead legends can ever seem to be done without spawning some level of drama. In this case, we’re talking about recent reports that Hank Williams III, the grandson of the country hero, made comments to the media about Hiddleston being the wrong actor for the job because of his British roots, and that producers should have cast Matthew McConaughey, instead.

In a recent Facebook post, Hank III set out to clear the air on exactly what thinks about Hiddleston being cast in the role of his grandfather, as well as clarify exactly what he feels it will take to make a movie about Hank Sr.

“To do a Hank Williams movie the way it should be done you need certain aspects in the mix to make right,” wrote Hank III. “It goes way beyond having a American to play the role of Hiram Hank Williams Sr for it to be somewhat natural, It needs to be a American From The South who has eat lived and breathed these kind of roles before to make more respectable movie on Hank Sr.”

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Hank then goes on to explain why actor Matthew McConaughey was brought up as perhaps a better selection. “The main Reason I said Matthew McConaughey would be a good person for this role is because of he has played many roles as a Southern man. And he is from the South. And that is something no amount of money or acting classes can put into a role. That goes back to starting with some good foundation for the role to be somewhat natural and to have a lot more of a real feel in the movie.”

“The other reason I thought Matthew would be a good fit for the role is because he has a natural arrogance aka fire that is needed for this role,” he continued. “Hank Sr was very very sure of himself and basically very cocky. And Matthew always brings that fire to the table in every role he play’s.”

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However, Hank III says he never said Hiddelston was not a good at what he does, “just different” from McConaughey’s talents. “Yes Tom is a great actor but what he brings to the table is just different then what Matthew could deliver in my eyes. I know how Important Sr’s Legacy has been to a lot of entertainment historians in Europe but it just seems strange to cast someone who is so far away from the roots of what this film is supposed to be about.”

“You know if this movie doesn’t do it right on down the road another one will,”  Hank concluded. “Cause that’s the gift Hank Williams will always have is being TimeLess!”

 

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