Tom Hiddleston is a big enough fan of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” that he isn’t afraid to perform the animated film’s classic song “The Bare Necessities” in front of a room full of fellow fans bearing camera phones to immortalize the stunt online.
“The Avengers” star, who plays the duplicitous Loki in Marvel’s franchise, hit Disney’s D23 Expo (think of it as a Disney-centric, Comic-Con lite) in Anaheim on Saturday to promote the upcoming Tinker Bell film, “The Pirate Fairy,” costarring “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks. Hiddleston will lend his vocal talents to a character named James, a.k.a. Captain Hook, in the animated film slated for spring.
When Hiddleston took the stage, he was less conniving villain and more Disney aficionado.
The actor revealed he was excited to join the Disney family because he was a fan of the 1967 animated film “The Jungle Book.” Once at an audition, he even sang Baloo’s the bear’s signature melody, “The Bare Necessities,” according to E! News.
Well, you can’t go around saying things like that in front of a convention for Disney lovers and not expect to get a rise out of the audience.
So, of course, the crowd went wild and egged on a performance of the song. Hiddleston obliged, singing a few bars from the laid-back tune. Watch his charming rendition above at the 1:30 mark.
The 32-year-old Brit is no stranger to these stunt performances. While promoting “The Avengers” sequel at Comic-Con International in July, the stage actor surprised the 6,500 people in Hall H when he showed up in full Loki regalia to introduce footage from Marvel’s upcoming films.
“I was so excited,” Hiddleston told Hero Complex at the time. “There was a sort of electric-charged atmosphere with the audience yesterday. As a live performer, I never forget that. It’s a very unique thing. You don’t get it onscreen with a camera. A camera is something you have to project that charge onto. It doesn’t come for free. It’s a mechanical, technological entity. Whereas with an audience, it’s a chemistry; you can feel something coming off them.
“Stage actors talk about this a lot — the audience, whether they know about it are actually complicit in the standard of the show that night. If they’re in a good mood, if they’re leaning forward, they’re listening, the actors can sense that within seconds and the show is often better. The atmosphere [at the panel] was out of control. When I walked out onstage, I was confronted with a wall of sound and fury, to quote the bard. It was extraordinary. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t hear for the first five seconds.”
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