Tom Hiddleston backs Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 February 2014
Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston thinks Tom Hiddleston backs will win Best Actor at tonight's (16.02.14) BAFTA Awards

Tom Hiddleston is backing Chiwetel Ejiofor to triumph at the BAFTA Awards.

The 33-year-old actor starred alongside the '12 Years A Slave' star in a production of William Shakespeare's 'Othello' and thinks he will win Best Actor at the bash, which takes place at London's Royal Opera House tonight (16.02.14).

Quizzed on who he's rooting for, he said: "Chiwetel Ejiofor. I did 'Othello' with him and Ewan McGregor at the Donmar and it was the sort of performance that comes along every 25 years."

Hiddleston, who stared in 'Thor' as Loki, has spoken to McGregor - who was cast as Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy - about the new 'Star Wars' movie and although he would be keen to be cast in episode VII,he doesn't think he's what director J. J. Abrams is looking for.

Talking about the forthcoming film, he told Time Out magazine: "It'd be very flattering, of course. I did talk to Ewan about it once. When they asked if he wanted to be Obi Wan Kenobi, he said 'Are you joking? Of course!' But his experience didn't live up to the promise. Besides, I imagine they're looking for people who don't have an association elsewhere. The audience need to believe in the character, rather than saying, 'Oh look, Loki with a lightsaber!"

12 Years a Slave

  • 5 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steve McQueen
  • Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
  • UK release: 10 January 2014

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. McQueen's third feature (and follow-up to Shame) features a stellar cast.

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