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Tom Hiddleston strikes 'black key' in Only Lovers Left Alive

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play vampiric lovers carrying a centuries-old flame (Mongrel Media)

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The ever-eloquent Tom Hiddleston employs metaphor and even recites poetry in an elegant interview with Jian.

The British actor, best known for for his role as the powerful Norse god Loki in the Avengers film series, transforms into a dark, immortal musician in the latest Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive. Alongside Tilda Swinton, he plays a world-weary vampire living out his immortal life in abandoned areas of Detroit.

Hiddleston, who compares acting to playing different piano keys, has previously struck chords as a fun-loving novelist and notably sweet soldier -- but his brooding, reclusive vampire is a very different note.

"Some characters I play, they're the white keys, that's the major scale, and Adam is my black keys, my minor chord," he said.

"Acting is being truthful in imaginary circumstances. The emotions are mine but they're not real."

Hiddleston was live in Studio Q, and our intrepid editors have already put together a video version of the chat.

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