Tom Hiddleston Celebrates Hank Williams’ Influence in ‘I Saw the Light’ Clip [Exclusive Premiere]
There's a scene in the Hank Williams biopic in which actor Tom Hiddleston helps recreate a studio moment that finds the Godfather of country music recording a song that would become timeless. During this behind-the-scenes clip from I Saw the Light, Hiddleston explains how fans see how Williams paved the road for Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.
The song is "Move It on Over," written by Williams but later popularized by several rock 'n' rollers. Prior to starring in the movie (available on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally as of July 5), Hiddleston says he learned Williams' songs as a fan. This song is remarkable.
“You can hear the strains of Chuck Berry and Elvis that are coming around the corner," he says, showing how the late pioneer was a stepping stone in the growth of American music.
“I think what’s interesting is Hank Williams has become such an icon of folk music, but when he was around he was just another guy. He was just another guy with a guitar, traveling around the country trying to scratch a living writing songs.”
I Saw the Light is the story of Hank Williams, a singer who created an everlasting legacy during a very brief career. The movie chronicles his rise to fame and the effect fame had on his health and marriage. Elizabeth Olsen also stars in the movie. Williams famously died at the age of 29, in the backseat of a car on New Year's Day 1953.
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