Tuesday 25 July 2017

Tom Hiddleston apologises for 'inelegant' Golden Globes speech: 'My words came out wrong'

Tom Hiddleston accepts the award for Best Actor - Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV for his role in
Tom Hiddleston accepts the award for Best Actor - Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV for his role in "The Night Manager" onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hiddleston, winner of Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for 'The Night Manager,' poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Tom Hiddleston accepts the award for Best Actor - Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV for his role in "The Night Manager" onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
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Tom Hiddleston has apologised for his "inelegant" acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, insisting his words came out wrong.

The British actor came under fire for telling a tale about meeting aid workers in Sudan, who binge-watched his hit drama The Night Manager while they were sheltering from mortar fire.

Online critics called his speech self-serving and followers accused the actor of being self-involved.

The Best Actor winner caught wind of the fall-out from his speech on Monday and hit Facebook in an attempt to explain himself.

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Actor Tom Hiddleston poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards

He wrote: "I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong."

During the speech, Hiddleston recalled his visit to South Sudan with the United Nations Children's Fund, stating, "There's a terrible situation for children there."

And, talking about his delight in the fact his drama was a hit among doctors and nurses there, he added:"The idea that I could, or that we could, provide some relief and entertainment for people who work for UNICEF and Medecins Sans Frontieres and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it was broken, made me immensely proud."

In his Facebook statement on Monday he added, "Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and World Food Programme.

"And the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions.

"I apologise that my nerves got the better of me."

People were quick to point out the actor's rambling speech on social media, which prompted the apology.

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