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Hiddleston: Rattigan still relevant

Tom Hiddleston thinks Terence Rattigan's 1952 play The Deep Blue Sea is as relevant today as it was then.

The British actor, who stars as dashing ex-RAF officer Freddie Page opposite Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies' big-screen adaptation, insisted that the emotional range the play covers means it never dates.

"I was struck by how universal and contemporary the feelings are, the darker side of passion. It happens every single day, whether it's 1952 or 2011," he said, as the film closed the 55th BFI London Film Festival.

The story sees Rachel's character Hester Collyer leaving the security of her marriage to move in with Freddie, after falling passionately in love and discovering a sexual awakening for the first time.

"Hester is on the run from repression. Hester lives in a world not of her design, firstly under her vicar father's rule and then under her judge husband's rule," explained the actor.

"When she meets Freddie, she's attracted by the freeness of his spirit and having an affair with him is about the heart being ungovernable and you can't legislate for the heart. It seemed very human and compassionate," Tom added.

The Deep Blue Sea opens in cinemas on November 25.

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