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When Brit actor Tom Hiddleston played country icon Hank Williams in recent biopic I Saw the Light, it wasn’t just his accent that needed work; he also spent weeks working with Grammy-winning musician Rodney Crowell to hone his guitar and singing skills.

We saw a glimpse of those skills when he duetted with Stephen Colbert last month, but they were on full view yesterday (May 9) when he sat down for an impromptu jam with The Guardian.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Tom made some space in Macari’s, a guitar shop on London’s famous “Tin Pan Alley,” picked up a guitar, and sang (/yodeled) a few of Hank’s best known songs.

No, seriously. Check out his yodeling:

The movie, which opened in U.S. theaters last month, charts Williams’ rapid rise to fame and the obstacles that got in his way, to his early death at the age of 29.

“The life he was living was real,” says Tom, referring to the illness, substance abuse and marital troubles that dogged Williams’ short life. “He sang what he knew in the only way that he knew, and people loved it because it was true. That’s what I think we are drawn to in all art, authenticity.”

Certainly anyone watching this clip will be impressed by Tom’s dedication to the role. And talking about Williams’ effect on audiences, Tom relays the story of the first performance of “Lovesick Blues,” when, according to a bystander, people were so amazed by the sound of his yodeling “the women stood up and threw their babies in the air.”

Honestly Tom, we don’t know what you’re talking about.

*puts down baby*

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.