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09/06/2013 06:01 pm ET

Tom Hiddleston Received Permission From Benedict Cumberbatch To Take Role In 'Crimson Peak'

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On Friday it was announced that Tom Hiddleston would replace Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller "Crimson Peak." According to Hiddleston, however, the deal came with the permission of the film's former star.

"The thing is we're really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, 'Amazing!'" Hiddleston told BuzzFeed's Jordan Zakarin in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday. "So, I had his blessing."

Hiddleston and Cumberbatch go back a long way -- not just because each have an army of fans supporting them on the internet. The pair co-starred together in "War Horse," and engaged in a mutual admiration society during the film's press tour.

"Look at him, for chrissake," Cumberbatch said to Hiddleston during an interview with Empire Magazine in 2011. "He's brilliant. [...] He's an action man, he's got the looks, he's an incredibly talented actor, he's one of the finest of our generation, and he's a friend."

More from Hiddleston about his friendship with Cumberbatch can be found over at BuzzFeed.

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