Dressed in a giant gorilla suit, the 35-year-old actor surprised the audience at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday as he brought a spool of film of the trailer to Kimmel.
Before introducing the clip, Hiddleston explained to the 49-year-old comedian why he was dressed as King Kong, considering he plays a human character in the film.
“Well, they told me to — they said everyone does this,” Hiddleston said. “Somebody on your staff said people do this, like when Leonardo DiCaprio came on here for The Revenant, he dressed as the bear.”
Kimmel then broke the news to the Thor actor that “Leo DiCaprio’s never actually been on our show” — before pointing out that the “executive producer” Hiddleston had said he spoke to was actually Kimmel’s longtime security guard-sidekick, Guillermo.
That’s when Hiddleston went ape — chasing Guillermo out of the studio.
The film’s trailer, meanwhile, takes viewers into the monstrous world of the famous King Kong — first introduced on film in the 1930s (and, most recently, in Peter Jackson’ 2005 reboot).
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the film stars Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson as a group of invaders who stumble upon King Kong’s home — and quickly learn about the savage monsters who inhabit it.
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Kong: Skull Island opens March 10.