TIFF: Tom Hiddleston Recounts Viewing an Autopsy to Prepare for 'High-Rise' Role

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The 'Thor' star plays a doctor in Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's dystopian thriller that bowed Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival.

High-Rise star Tom Hiddleston on Monday said he participated in a hospital autopsy to prepare for his star-turn in British cult director Ben Wheatley's adaption of J.G. Ballard's 1975 dystopian thriller.

"It's unlike anything I've ever done, to see a human body cut open," Hiddleston told the High-Rise presser at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, set in the 1970s, features Hiddleston playing a respectable doctor who lives in a luxurious, yet isolated tall building in London beset by a class divide and threatening violence.

To research his role, Hiddleston said he spent a day with a leading British forensic pathologist. "He goes into a hospital everyday and cuts people open. And I went in with him," he recalled.

Wheatley directed the film from a script by regular collaborator Amy Jump. High-Rise is screening in Toronto as part of the inaugural Platform competition.

The movie also stars Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons and Elisabeth Moss, and is produced by Jeremy Thomas.