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TOM HARDY SAYS THINGS MOVIE STARS WOULD NEVER SAY AND DOES THINGS MOVIE STARS WOULD NEVER DO

Two days in London with the odd mix of ego and low self-esteem that has become Hollywood’s new hope.

Tom Hardy is not a movie star. This is not a judgment. Right now, at least, it is simply an observation, a statement of fact.

Tom Hardy is an English actor, London-born, thirty-six years old. He has been the star of—the lead and titular character in—two movies made in England, Bronson and the upcoming Locke. He has costarred in three American movies, Warrior, This Means War, and Lawless, alongside actors like Joel Edgerton, Chris Pine, and Shia LaBeouf. He also has been directed by Christopher Nolan in two movies of global prominence,Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. In Inception, he is a member of Leonardo DiCaprio’s supporting cast, part of an ensemble, billed beneath Joseph Gordon-Levitt and called upon to lend the proceedings a kind of amoral integrity. In The Dark Knight Rises, he plays Bane, the supervillain set in opposition to Christian Bale’s Batman, with a shaved head, thirty pounds of added muscle, a mask of rubber and steel fitted over his nose and mouth, and an accent—a voice—intense in its artificiality, its almost Elizabethan resonance, and its menace.

To the extent that American audiences know Tom Hardy, they know him as Bane.

Next year, they will know him—or not—as the new Mad Max, in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, with Charlize Theron.

Is Tom Hardy a movie star? The only conclusive answer is that we won’t know until the summer of 2015, when Warner Bros. finally releases Mad Max and the first weekend’s returns are in.

But that does not stop the question from being asked. Indeed, the question of whether a particular actor is a movie star is, in Hollywood, a philosophical one, almost an epistemological one, a matter of chemistry devoid of science. As much as it is in the business of making movies, Hollywood is in the business of finding movie stars, and as bad as Hollywood is—as low as its percentages are—at predicting what movies might be hits, it is even worse at determining which actors are destined for stardom. In truth, the number of actors who can, in industry parlance, “open a movie” is not just small; it’s unchanging. There are about a dozen of them in all, and an entire industry is built around their care and cultivation.

Tom Hardy is not one of them. He is not even like them.

He says things movie stars would never say and does things movie stars would never do. He admits to saying things they would never say and doing things they would never do. There are stories about him saying things they would never say and doing things they would never do.

And so, there is not only the usual element of uncertainty about the question of whether Tom Hardy will become what Warner Bros., among many others, is betting on him to become. There is also an element of something Hollywood hasn’t seen in a long time—danger. Which is the reason people think he’s going to be a movie star in the first place. And which is the reason they also think he can still fuck it up.

Over the past year, Esquire has put a bunch of movie stars on its cover, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. They have all been smart, funny, charming, and personable. In some ways, they have been nothing but smart, funny, charming, and personable, because they all represent the same ideal—or, as Tom Hardy puts it as we’re driving around London, 

"They’re all stand-up guys, but they’re all ambassadors, Tom. I am definitely not an ambassador.” There are many things he means by this. He means that they do not possess the graphic novel of a body he does, inscribed as it is with tattoos everywhere but on his neck, because “when you see a tattoo on my neck, that means I’m checking out.” He means that they do not have the history he has, which includes bouts with addiction and alcoholism. He means that they do not display the same lack of circumspection he does, and that they employ the services of publicists.

Or he might simply mean that they don’t, as a matter of habit and a matter of course, call people “cunts.”

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Even Tom Hardy gets intimidated sometimes — NY Daily News

The “Locke” actor, 36, opened up to the May issue of Esquire about playing Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” and his image as a macho man.
"I have always been frightened with men," Hardy said. "To the point where I couldn’t go into a gym because of the testosterone and I felt weak. I don’t feel very manly," he continued. "I don’t feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality. People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them."
The actor opened up about ‘not feeling manly’ among othe men in the gym. ”I’m not a fighter. I’m a petit little bourgeois boy from London,” he added. “I don’t fight, I mimic.”

The actor also opened up about his struggles with substance abuse. “I was a shameful suburban statistic,” Hardy said, noting that his alcohol and drug use led to him getting kicked out of school in his younger days. “I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know.’ And that message stayed with me very clearly for the rest of my days. The beginning, really, of a new life.”
"I couldn’t value life until I risked losing something worth more to me than my behavior," the actor explained. "I am f—-ing lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience — if you’re lucky enough to f—-ing realize that it is one — is going to leave an indelible mark on you. And then you add shame and guilt and fear into that, it’s a recipe for awareness if you have the ability to become aware from it. And good things can come back into your life."
ph. Greg Williams

Even Tom Hardy gets intimidated sometimesNY Daily News

The “Locke” actor, 36, opened up to the May issue of Esquire about playing Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises” and his image as a macho man.

"I have always been frightened with men," Hardy said. "To the point where I couldn’t go into a gym because of the testosterone and I felt weak. I don’t feel very manly," he continued. "I don’t feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality. People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them."

The actor opened up about ‘not feeling manly’ among othe men in the gym. ”I’m not a fighter. I’m a petit little bourgeois boy from London,” he added. “I don’t fight, I mimic.”
The actor also opened up about his struggles with substance abuse. “I was a shameful suburban statistic,” Hardy said, noting that his alcohol and drug use led to him getting kicked out of school in his younger days. “I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know.’ And that message stayed with me very clearly for the rest of my days. The beginning, really, of a new life.”

"I couldn’t value life until I risked losing something worth more to me than my behavior," the actor explained. "I am f—-ing lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience — if you’re lucky enough to f—-ing realize that it is one — is going to leave an indelible mark on you. And then you add shame and guilt and fear into that, it’s a recipe for awareness if you have the ability to become aware from it. And good things can come back into your life."

ph. Greg Williams

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So, turns out Tom & Charlotte aren’t just randomly meeting fans, they’re actually meeting Kayleigh, the woman who’s severly ill and who met Tom last year as part of her ‘bucket list’. They are such beauitfully generous people.

From Please Help Kayleigh on twitter.

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From BBC One, which also shared this photo. :)

BAFTA award winning actor Tom Hardy has partnered up with Executive Producer Ridley Scott for TABOO, a major new 8 part drama series for BBC One.

Set in 1813, TABOO follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

"We’re creating a flagship British drama for this generation,” says Tom Hardy, “A hybrid of orthodox and unconventional story telling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.”

Image: Tom on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 18 June 2010. You can watch the show in HQ here (Pt.1) and here (Pt.2). It’s just one of the best things ever. “A cat.”

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Trailer for The Drop (working title: Animal Rescue) (2014)

Release Date: 19 September 2014 (USA) / 14 November 2014 (UK)

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Roskam says Hardy and Gandolfini were clearly so proud of their work that they would hang out together on set as if savoring the moment.

"It didn’t hurt that we shot the movie in a bar," says Roskam, "I would look over my shoulder and see them sitting together at a table laughing and making jokes." (x)

Roskam says Hardy and Gandolfini were clearly so proud of their work that they would hang out together on set as if savoring the moment.

"It didn’t hurt that we shot the movie in a bar," says Roskam, "I would look over my shoulder and see them sitting together at a table laughing and making jokes." (x)

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Here’s a lil message from Tommy —

Right Heads Up:
Fan Mail - it’s a beautiful thing - Just want to say and get the word out because people need to get a response and this is tricky as I like to sign and read everything personally. I’m not going to show off and say how popular I am. It was always something that the boys would say to eachother with a big head at school ” yeah mate and I bet you’ve got so much fan mail to get through at home!” Truth is - i genuinly do though and it’s becoming a problem. Problem can be solved easily though - here’s how 1: send a stamped addressed envelope included with whatever you want signing. And I’ll get it turned round really quickly Reason being - I get 3 different variations Some requests no photos no envelope no stamps? Some requests no stamp but an envelope and postal orders international included and i don’t have a team of people it’s just me and some friends that help out over pizza night and we’re getting a bit boggled over the plastic bags of genuine requests. And the last Some with envelope and stamp a photo but then no address on the envelope so some poor buggers almost got it and then all i’m left with is holding an envelope at the post box guessing where you live?
Write to Tom:
United Agents
12-26 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LE

Here’s a lil message from Tommy —

Right Heads Up:

Fan Mail - it’s a beautiful thing -
Just want to say and get the word out because people need to get a response and this is tricky as I like to sign and read everything personally. I’m not going to show off and say how popular I am. It was always something that the boys would say to eachother with a big head at school ” yeah mate and I bet you’ve got so much fan mail to get through at home!”
Truth is - i genuinly do though and it’s becoming a problem. Problem can be solved easily though - here’s how

1: send a stamped addressed envelope included with whatever you want signing. And I’ll get it turned round really quickly


Reason being -

I get 3 different variations

Some requests no photos no envelope no stamps?
Some requests no stamp but an envelope and postal orders international included and i don’t have a team of people it’s just me and some friends that help out over pizza night and we’re getting a bit boggled over the plastic bags of genuine requests.
And the last Some with envelope and stamp a photo but then no address on the envelope so some poor buggers almost got it and then all i’m left with is holding an envelope at the post box guessing where you live?

Write to Tom:

United Agents

12-26 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LE

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Tom talking about reading all his dialogue for Locke off the autocue (from an interview in Total Film magazine):

"It was quite experimental for me, in a way. I knew the rhythm, don’t get me wrong. I could tell you what the story was about. I could explain to you who’s on the phone and each arc. But I didn’t know the words.
The versatility of being able to adapt to whatever Steve is going to give me is what I needed to work with. And that was very exciting.
It took the fear and the stigma out of having to look at the autocue. And remember, you’ve got these brilliant actors at the end of the phone feeding me emotional content, constantly.
You’re not watching one man in a car, you’re watching somebody’s thoughts, and how they’re listening, reacting and responding to the articulated word, which is being spoken to them. It’s like disarming a bomb—psychologically. He’s a shock-absorber.”   (x)

portrait: jessie craig

Tom talking about reading all his dialogue for Locke off the autocue (from an interview in Total Film magazine):

"It was quite experimental for me, in a way. I knew the rhythm, don’t get me wrong. I could tell you what the story was about. I could explain to you who’s on the phone and each arc. But I didn’t know the words.

The versatility of being able to adapt to whatever Steve is going to give me is what I needed to work with. And that was very exciting.

It took the fear and the stigma out of having to look at the autocue. And remember, you’ve got these brilliant actors at the end of the phone feeding me emotional content, constantly.

You’re not watching one man in a car, you’re watching somebody’s thoughts, and how they’re listening, reacting and responding to the articulated word, which is being spoken to them. It’s like disarming a bomb—psychologically. He’s a shock-absorber.”   (x)

portrait: jessie craig