By Will Robinson
March 25, 2016 at 09:55 PM EDT
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Tom Hiddleston may be best known for donning Loki’s helmet and scepter in The Avengers, but in I Saw the Light, the actor wields a guitar instead.

In the biopic, Hiddleston portrays legendary country singer and songwriter Hank Williams. “Whether you’re Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen, they count Hank as a primary inspiration,” Hiddleston told EW during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. “Or you just meet someone on the street and says, ‘My grandfather used to sing Hank Williams songs when I sat on his knee as a kid.’ You realize he’s really embedded in the culture, and I felt a huge responsibility and a duty to commit myself to every aspect of playing the part.”

Hiddleston said he knew how to play guitar before production, but it was “probably much more badly than I play now.” The six weeks of training allowed him to perform Williams tracks at a venue where the late musician got his start: the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.

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“I stood in the same spot, singing to the same auditorium, singing ‘Lovesick Blues,’ singing ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’ It has its own magic,” he said. “Honestly, performing those songs as Hank Williams in this film is one of the great joys of my life as an actor.”

See Hiddleston’s interview above. I Saw the Light opens Friday.

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