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British actor Tom Hiddleston walks to the edge of his Hank Williams character in 'I Saw the Light'

British actor Tom Hiddleston walks to the edge of his Hank Williams character in 'I Saw the Light'

Finding that broken feeling took a while, but when it came, just before midnight on the Louisiana set of "I Saw the Light," Tom Hiddleston's voice crawled into Hank Williams' words as the blues played out slow and mournful to the hushed tune of a single guitar.

Hiddleston's rendition of "Your Cheatin' Heart" comes toward the end of writer-director Marc Abraham's biopic, which opens Friday. A troubled man and a music legend, Williams, who died at 29 in 1953 after recording 30 Top 10 country music hits, left an indelible mark on American culture. Hiddleston, a British actor best known for his villain Loki in Marvel movies, said he felt the sting of torment and...

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