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Hiddleston channelled rock vibes

Tom Hiddleston has revealed how rock stars such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie inspired his vampire role in Only Lovers Left Alive.

The Thor star also drew upon English Romantic poets like Percy Shelley, John Keats and Lord George Byron for his portrayal of blood sucker Adam in Jim Jarmusch's romantic drama.

"I had Sid Barrett, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, but also Shelley, Byron and Keats. Adam is inspired by so many of the rock and roll poets, long before the advent of rock and roll - he's this kind of melancholy and romantic," he said at the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tom likes to think of each of his roles as a piece of music.

"Every character I play is like playing a different chord in the piano - some of the characters I play are more the white keys and the major scales. Adam's got some black keys in there and he's sad: it's a minor chord," he explained.

And while he may play a tortured musician in the film, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, he claimed his own skills aren't up to scratch.

"I love music - I love it in my life and I love playing it. I play it myself rather badly, not as well as I would like," he said.

"I play the piano, and I've played the guitar. I had to learn a lot for this. I had to play the violin and learn how to play the lute. I've always loved dancing."

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