NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Even though “I Saw the Light” was shot in Shreveport, Louisiana, it has plenty of Nashville connections.
It focuses on the life of Hank Williams from the time he started singing on the radio in Montgomery, Alabama, to his return there in January of 1953 after his death.
British actor Tom Hiddleston plays Hank and he was insistent about doing his own singing.
“It would have been inauthentic, it would’ve been — it just wouldn’t have been right,” he asserted. “If you’re going to make a film about Hank Williams, you have to commit to the part, to translating the part of that music. If I was going to lip-sync, I’d just recommend that everyone buy the Greatest Hits, you know. There’s no need for me to be there. What I was trying to do, I was trying to get inside the authenticity and the sincerity of the songwriting. And hopefully with my performance and in the film, try to communicate the power of that, the power he had.”
The film premiere was held in Nashville at the Belcourt in October.
Watch the full interview in the video above.