In the wake of the release of Crimson Peak, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain have been doing publicity together. Their most bizarre outing yet has been when Hiddleston and Chastain appeared on MTV's After Hours. Despite Crimson Peak being a horror movie, with some seriously creepy ghosts in it, Hiddleston and Chastain are hilarious in the clip, as they invite host Josh Horowitz to a party — at which everything has to be done in just the way that Hiddleston likes. When he doesn't get his way, Hiddleston gets very, very sad. It's nothing at all like the movie they're promoting, but it's awesome to see two huge movie stars make fun of themselves and each other like this. A Hiddleston/Chastain party is a very weird party indeed. And, in its own way, it's every bit as unsettling as Crimson Peak.
The video starts with an invitation. Horowitz opens the wax-sealed invite and Hiddleston starts narrating. He tells Horowitz that the party will be "intimate and exclusive," and that he "mustn't bring any other guests." Thinking nothing of it, Horowitz arrives alone, and probably wishes he hadn't. Hiddleston ends the letter saying, "Jessica and I look forward to seeing you and not murdering you in any way." I can hear the evil laugh already.
The party is legit awful. Chastain and Hiddleston stuff their faces with rice cakes, kiss their guest an excessive amount, and smash his phone on the floor with a sledgehammer. "That phone had to die," Chastain says, and then the music starts playing. A DJ called Freddie is in the room too, dressed in an outfit you wouldn't even find in Christian Grey's Red Room of Pain.
When Horowitz makes it clear he's not enjoying himself, Hiddleston has what can only be described as a tantrum. He stomps around, cries, shrieks, and then laments his sad life. Apparently, the only parties he gets invited to are ones he hosts himself. (I find this hard to believe. You're invited to every party I ever have from now on, Tom!)
It must get super boring giving the same interviews, and talking about the movie you're promoting again and again, in the exact same way. I've always loved Chastain and Hiddleston, but this video might have sealed it. Seeing two famous actors enjoying themselves, and agreeing to a totally unique idea such as this to promote their movie, has made me look at them both with newfound respect. Crimson Peak might be serious, but these two have total range and aren't afraid to make fun of themselves.
And that's what I like to see.
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