Tom Hiddleston does Robert De Niro impression for De Niro
It's the season of Tom Hiddleston.
The dreamy Avengers star recently appeared on BBC's The Graham Norton Show to promote his new movie, Guilermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak (opening here Oct 15).
Aside from the famous Hiddleston charm, he stunned the rest of the A-listers on the couch — Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Kenneth Branagh — with his attempts at celebrity impression.
At Norton’s behest, Hiddleston demonstrated his varying talent for mimicry by impersonating Owen Wilson (good), Christopher Walken (so so).
Looking flushed, he then moved on to showing off his knowledge of the film Heat, starring Al Pacino and Hiddleston couch neighbour De Niro, whom Hiddleston nervously referred to as “the esteemed gentleman at the end of the sofa".
The 34-year-old British actor delivered a recreation of a scene between Pacino and De Niro from the 1995 crime film.
He definitely had Pacino's voice down pat but his take on De Niro's face was stronger than the actual voice.
But then maybe the nerves of impersonating the great man to his face proved too much.
De Niro graciously seemed to approve of the performance.
“That was great. That was my favourite scene in the movie,” De Niro said, laughing.
“It’s an expression of admiration, just to be clear,” Hiddleston said. “I do impressions of people I admire.”
He added: “This is so meta. I feel like I’ve gone into a parallel universe.”