Perhaps you don't know this about Thor star Tom Hiddleston, but he's great at impersonating fellow celebrities. That should come as no shock after watching him fully transform into country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light. If he wasn't busy building a career as an Oscar-worthy actor, he might have a shot at being the next Rich Little. On the The Graham Norton Show he got to show off some of his skills. And he couldn't pass up the opportunity to break out one of his better routines, especially with the subject of his impersonation sitting on the couch beside him.
Tom Hiddleston and Robert De Niro appeared on the The Graham Norton Show couch together earlier this week. And in what could have been an awkward exchange, Tom Hiddleston broke out his own Bobby De Niro facial ticks and accents. And the whole thing is nothing short of amazing. Sure, Tom Hiddleston's impersonations aren't spot on. But here, it's more about the presentation, which is sold with a lot of enthusiastic glee.
It isn't really known how often other actors or fans get to show off their own Robert De Niro impersonations to his face. That seems like an incredibly daunting and intimidating task, not to mention a bit scary. With Tom Hiddleston, you can tell the impersonation is being done with love, admiration and even a little reverence. Still, Robert De Niro could have done a complete 360 and walked off the show. It was, after all, in the UK that the actor recently walked out of an interview while promoting The Intern.
The impersonation that Tom Hiddleston pulls off is actually from Heat. And he does dialogue both from Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In setting up the bit, host Graham Norton asks Robert De Niro how he feels about other people doing impressions. This is what he had to say.
"I kind of enjoy it. Especially if they do it well. It's great. I love it."
The clip from The Graham Norton Show isn't just about Tom Hiddleston's Robert De Niro impersonation. He also does Owen Wilson from when he met him on the Midnight in Paris set. He also shows off his Christopher Walken impersonation, which he admits is a little too easy. You can see it all here. What do you think? Should Tom Hiddleston take this show on the road?