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Tom Hiddleston To Play British Porn Baron Paul Raymond

Tom Hiddleston may play British porn baron Paul Raymond.We have seen him as a brave commander in War Horse and as the scheming brother of Thor in The Avengers, but now Tom Hiddleston seems to be have been burdened with another glorious purpose… to play British “porn god” Paul Raymond. How does one become a porn god, you ask? I guess across the pond in the States, you can ask Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt, but England has Paul Raymond who was the publisher of  Men Only, Escort, Club International, and Mayfair. I will admit that I’m not a soft-core porn aficionado, so I did not know the name Paul Raymond, but this project intrigues me.

Raymond, who died in 2008, was also known as “The King of Soho”, as he purchased a vast amount of real-estate in that area of London. The film project would be based a book by the same name, which has yet to be published. Some research on this book turns up that someone else has actually began filming their own King of Soho film, starring Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond, with Stephen Fry in a supporting role. So, there are going to be two movies? Apparently the film starring Coogan is not the film that the Raymond heirs actually support. Howard Raymond had this to say:

 

‘We’ve waited a long time to get the right person and in Tom we finally have. It’s a difficult role, not because he is playing my father but because he is in every scene in the film,” Howard Raymond says. “We have a great script and some time in the next year we will be going into production.”

 

With one King of Soho film set to release in 2013 and the film starring Hiddleston to premiere in 2014, time will tell if one will reign supreme. Either way, it is a bold move for both Coogan and Hiddleston. I will say that Coogan seems to favor Raymond a lot more than Hiddleston does. To go from Loki to a porn baron, to me, is more than a little bizarre.

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