Tom Hiddleston went all out to launch the new Kong: Skull Island trailer, dressing as a gorilla to introduce it.
The 35-year-old actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night (16Nov16) to showcase new footage of the blockbuster movie.
But instead of sporting a dapper suit as he usually does for chat show appearances, Tom opted to dress in a gorilla costume, surprising the audience as he plodded onto the set.
As Kimmel welcomed “Kong” to the stage, Tom took the head part of his costume off to reveal his identity – leading to gasps and cheers from the crowd watching.
Kimmel then asked Tom why he was dressed as a gorilla if he doesn’t play one in the movie, to which he replied: “Well, they told me to. They said everyone does this.
“Somebody on your staff said people do this, like when Leonardo DiCaprio came on here for The Revenant he dressed as the bear.”
Tom then pointed out the show’s fan-favorite Guillermo Rodriguez, saying he had claimed to be the program’s “executive producer” and encouraged the gorilla outfit. As Guillermo denied all knowledge, Tom issued a curse word and then chased the former parking lot security guard off the set.
It was then up to Kimmel to introduce the first proper look at the highly-anticipated movie, due to hit cinemas 10 March (17).
The footage showed Tom playing Captain James Conrad, who leads a group of scientists and soldiers on an expedition of a newly-discovered South Pacific island.
As the group, featuring Brie Larson, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson‘s characters, announce their arrival on the island by dropping bombs, resident King Kong is left to show his anger by bringing down the helicopters with his huge hands.
John C. Reilly stars as a man living on the island, who attempts to educate the group on the ways of Kong and the other monsters in residence – including dinosaur/crocodile type creatures he nicknames “skull crawlers” and giant spiders.