On the heels of the opening of Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, Empire Magazine spoke to the film’s lead, Tom Hiddleston, about prepping and filming the “Kubrickesque” scifi thrillerish drama. According to Hiddleston, things got rather competitive between him and co-star Jeremy Irons whilst filming a squash game scene, with the added bonus of a sort of push-ups duel to prepare for it (later ending up in the movie as well).


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When asked if he went easy on the 69-year-old Irons, Hiddleston definitively replied, “No. Jeremy didn’t go easy on me either.”

Perhaps it all began while the two actors played father and son in The Hollow Crown (Henry IV). At the time, Hiddleston encouraged Irons to really let him have it as he slapped him for a particular scene. Apparently even then Irons didn’t hold back, and the finished cut shows its power across Hiddleston’s shocked face (scroll down for a clip; it’s that good).

Empire, not wasting the opportunity, also attempted to dig for some preciously rare information about the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, which is set to begin filming in Australia later this summer (or winter in that hemisphere). To that Hiddleston could (or would) give no satisfaction as he claims to be in the dark about much of it, only hearing things “secondhand from Chris Hemsworth.”

High Rise stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. The film, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, opened in the UK March 18 and will open in the US May 13. Don’t feel like waiting that long? You’re in luck. High Rise will also be available digitally April 28.

Thor: Ragnarok, where Hiddleston will reprise his iconic role as Loki, will be in theaters November 3, 2017.


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Video via Empire Magazine, BBC

Images via Recorded Picture Company