Tom Hiddleston has always been a self-confessed feminist. A keen supporter of fellow actor Emma Watson’s global HeForShe campaign, he uses any opportunity he can to give his voice to campaign for feminism. And that includes his latest film role.
Swapping the Avengers franchise for Guillermo del Toro’s new Gothic horror Crimson Peak, the 34-year-old Brit star made sure that, when it came down to the nudity within the film, it wasn’t left for his female co-stars to solely take on.
Speaking to E! News about his new role, Tom - who is said to be dating his long-time friend, Elizabeth Olsen - explained that he felt the nudity seen throughout the film was justified thematically by the script as it outweighed the film’s heavy horror theme, and that he saw it as an opportunity to bridge the gender gap in on-screen objectification.
He, rather eloquently, said: ‘I didn’t have a problem with the nakedness, because I felt that there’s always been a strain of sexuality in Gothic romance, as much as there has been the fear of death and the threat of violence. It’s a very violent film and I felt like we needed to balance that. So if we’re going to bring up the violence we needed to bring up the sense of sexuality.’
He continued: ‘We actually talked about it. It’s so often in movies that women are more naked than men and that’s unfair. We wanted to sort of redress the balance.’
Tom getting naked in the name of feminism? This is great on so many levels…
So, what’s the film about exactly?
After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe (played by Tom), aspiring author Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote Gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille (Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain), Thomas' alluring sister and protector of her family's dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead – pretty handy when you’re living in a haunted house, huh? - Edith engages in a personal mission to uncover mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt the manor.
With blood, and gore, and creepy goings-on, it’s just as well we’ve got Tom’s promise of a nude scene to get us though the scares.
Crimson Peak hits the big screen on 16th October 2015.