How An Appearance On The Graham Norton Show Got Tom Hiddleston His Early Man Role

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Tom Hiddleston is quite well known for his ability to do impressions and accents. And it appears it was showing that skill off on The Graham Norton Show that led him to his latest role in Aardman’s Early Man.

The suave Brit actor appeared on the show last year, doing impersonations of guest Robert De Niro and host Graham Norton, which, as always, was rather convincing.

Now it appears that Nick Park, while scrolling about on YouTube came across Hiddleston and his ear for other voices and it really caught his attention. He offered Hiddleston the role of the villain, Lord Nooth, reports Den of Geek.

Hiddleston is rather well known for playing a larger than life villain, that of the God of Mischief Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Loki is very much based on Hiddleston’s Shakespearean background, his latest villain, Lord Nooth seems to come straight out of a cross between Monty Python and ‘Allo Allo.

Early Man is set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. It’s the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy, Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City, to save their home.

Hiddleston also gave us a little run down of accents in this clip for GQ Magazine last year.

The other star of the film, Eddie Redmayne also got offered his role for rather unconventional reasons. It wasn’t his stellar turns in The Theory Of Everything or Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. Nope, it all harks back to the 2008 film Black Death, in which Redmayne’s character was beaten up by Sean Bean. It was that performance that made Park think that Redmayne would be perfect to voice a 15-year old caveman.

Early Man arrives in UK cinemas on January 26th.

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