• Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island (Photo : Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)

To prepare for his role as James Conrad, a former British Special Air Service soldier in the movie “Kong: Skull Island,” British actor Tom Hiddleston underwent training with two British Royal Marines and a U.S. Navy Sea. He shared his preparations for the film on Sunday in Beijing during a press conference where Tim Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson and Brie Larson promoted the film.

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While shooting the movie, Tom Hiddleston woke up at 4 a.m., trained for two hours and spent the rest of the day shooting his scenes. He admits the schedule was taxing at times, but the actor said the rigorous training was very satisfying since it made him stronger mentally, Global Times reported.

Box-Office Receipts

The movie, a reboot of the “King Kong” franchise, premiered in the U.S. on March 10 and earned $61 million on the opening weekend which increased to $88.59 million after eight days of showing in the U.S. In China, “Kong: Skull Island” opens on March 24.

On its second weekend, the movie earned $28.9 million. Forbes noted that “Kong: Skull Island” earned $9.2 million on Sunday, higher than the $7.3 million box-office receipt on Friday. The film also did well on Saturday with earnings of $12 million.

British Training

Known for playing Loki in the 2012 Disney movie “Avengers,” Tom Hiddleston cited feedback from fans the moviegoers loved his acting skills, sexy voice while quoting from Shakespeare and British education. The actor studied at Eton College and the University of Cambridge. He credits his popularity to the philosophy in artistry in British training where they were trained to be artists, not to be famous.

The film, set in 1973 when the U.S. government deployed a team to map out Skull Island – newly discovered in the Pacific Ocean – got a 78 percent rating from critics and 76 percent from audience reviewers in Rotten Tomatoes.