Tom Hiddleston is currently doing the rounds talking about his role in the upcoming action movie Kong: Skull Island. But apparently it’s not the first performance he’s had with a large beast it seems.
Appearing last week on The Graham Norton Show, Hiddleston harked back to his early days at school alongside Eddie Redmayne, where he was once cast as the leg of Redmayne’s elephant in a production of E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India.
Hiddleston stated that even back then Redmayne was a hugely talented star. He began to explain, “[We attended] An all boys school, and the great Eddie Redmayne, the now Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, was playing the female lead”.
Hiddleston continued, “In A Passage to India, there’s an expedition to this cultural landmark called the Marabar Caves, by elephant, and I’m delighted to reveal that I played the front right leg of the elephant that Eddie was riding on.” Hiddleston also told the audience and his fellow guests, “We’re holding a table with a cushion on top of it and also a tablecloth to cover our faces because our bodies are the elephant.”
Host Norton cheekily added “sounds awful!”
Both Hiddleston and Redmayne have reunited recently, working on the latest Aardman production Early Man, which is due for release in January 2018.
Redmayne was last on our screens as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We will see him again when the sequel, currently in pre-production hits cinemas next year.
Hiddleston, who is currently doing press for his upcoming release Kong: Skull Island will also return as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok later in the year. The actor recently picked up an Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe for his performance as Johnathon Pine in The Night Manager alongside Hugh Laurie.
Watch the excerpt from The Graham Norton Show below.