Tom Hiddleston’s butt may have its own hashtag, #Hiddlesbum, but the actor doesn’t strip down just so his impressive backside can trend on social media.
In his new indie High-Rise, he plays a doctor who moves into an apartment building that turns out to be full of all sorts of crazy neighbors and shenanigans. “He moves into the building to get away from the entanglements of real life,” Hiddleston told E! News at the Tribeca Film Festival. “He’s excited by the anonymity of the building.”
But he learns his privacy isn’t so sacred when a neighbor (Sienna Miller) spies him sunbathing in the nude. And yes, that’s when we get a peek at Tom’s buttocks.
The scene is actually in the 1975 novel that the movie is based on, High-Rise by J.G. Ballard. “And [director] Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump, the screenwriter, thought it was very important to do so I had not problem doing it,” Hiddleston said.
Miller laughed when we told her about #Hiddlesbum. “That’s so funny,” she said.
But she admits that nudity on camera is never comfortable for most actors. “[Tom] doesn’t love it but he’s also very good at his job and professional so if the script calls for it, he will get his Hiddlesbum out,” Miller explained.
High-Rise is available on VOD, iTunes, and Amazon Video on April 28 followed by a theatrical release on May 13.
Hiddleston was teased about #Hiddlesbum while appearing late last month on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert while talking about him dropping his pants on his new AMC series The Night Manager.
Hiddleston told Colbert that he’s OK with nudity because he “trained” for it while studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. “There’s no class in #Hiddlesbum at RADA,” he joked. “Actually…there’s always a moment in training where you’re given a role where you have to be comfortable with nakedness. I think they see it as part of the training.”