I Saw The Light, a Hank Williams biopic is released today starring British actor Tom Hiddleston. The film, directed by Marc Abraham, tells the story of Williams’ road to fame…including his drug abuse and untimely death of heart failure at the age of 29. Originally scheduled for a November 27th release date, the film is in theaters today and has hopes of Oscar and Golden Globes nominations. Based off of the 1994 biography on Williams’ life written by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, and Cherry Jones.
One person who will not be seeing the movie this weekend is Williams’ grandson, Hank Williams III. He told Fox Country his thoughts on the movie, “I just one to see one [biopic] done halfway right. It’s because I care”. Adding, “It’s the whole approach to this movie. I hate to say it but these things don’t come up that often and when they do, I wish they would be taken more serious.” Williams III also had a suggestion regarding who should have played the role of his grandfather instead. Matthew McConaughey “has a natural arrogance, a.k.a. fire, that is needed for this role”, he says.