“You don’t step on stage to eat; you go there to be eaten.” – Tom Hardy
Hailing from England, Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy is an incredible actor who has delivered tremendous performances on stage, television, and film. He has appeared in several notable films including “Inception,” “Warrior,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” His work has gained him the attention of critics, garnering him a BAFTA Rising Star Award, People’s Choice Awards, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Revenant.”
Here are a few things you need to know about the unconventional chameleon, Tom Hardy.
27. Origin Story
Tom Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London, but raised in East Sheen, London, which explains why his accent is so unique sounding to other British people.
26. Never Heard of the Guy
One of Hardy’s classmates at drama school was Michael Fassbender who Hardy stated was the best actor in the school.
25. Like Son, Like Father
His father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, is a novelist and comedy writer who co-created the eight-part BBC series “Taboo,” which is based on a story written by his son.
24. An Honor Just to be Nominated
He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role as Skank in the 2003 production of “In Arabia We’d All Be King.” It’s a very fancy nomination since, usually, people who play a character named Skank can only hope to get nominated for an AVN Award.
23. Private Dropout
Hardy’s screen debut was as Private John Janovec in two episodes of the Tom Hanks’ produced “Band of Brothers.” After he was cast in the role, he dropped out of drama school.
22. Legend of Fist
The little finger on his right hand is permanently bent after he accidentally severed a tendon in his finger with a knife. It took three operations to be able to close his finger to make a fist so he could make a living punching people on camera.
21. Fight Club
Hardy is into jiu jitsu and capoeira because that’s his special way of giving someone a Brazilian.
20. I’m Lovin’ It
At the age of 21, Hardy won the “Big Breakfast Find Me a Supermodel” contest where he was described as a “virile Virgo with dreamy bluey green eyes.” To be honest, we want to hear more about this big breakfast.
19. A Helluva Drug
In his early-to-mid 20s, Hardy battled addictions but has been sober since 2003. “I didn’t want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn’t hide it,” Hardy said. “Eventually, the body gives up. I was completely kaput.”
18. He’s a Bad Man
Hardy is the only actor to play a villain in both the Star Trek franchise (Star Trek Nemesis) and the Batman Franchise (The Dark Knight Rises).
17. Cast Off
He assumed that Christopher Nolan cast him as Bane because of his performance in “Bronson,” but later found out that Nolan had cast him because of his performance in “RocknRolla” and had actually never seen “Bronson.”
16. Backwards and in Heels
To be able to stare Batman in the eyes, the 5’9” Hardy needed to wear shoes with inbuilt 3-inch lifts because, no matteroo how much he worked out at the gym, he couldn’t get taller.
15. Marble Mouth
As Bane, his voice was aided by a voice box to make him sound more sinister. However, sound technicians would mess with him and adjusted the box to make him sound like the fourth member of The Chipmunks.
14. Strange Hero Worship
Hardy said that the hardest part of filming the fight scenes in “The Dark Knight Rises” was having to throw punches at Batman, who was his childhood hero. Of course, once Nolan yelled “action” he turned into an animal and broke Batman’s back.
13. Lucky Charms
He has a tattoo of a leprechaun to honor his mother’s Irish ancestry.
12. The Boy with the Dragon Tattoo
He also has a tattoo of a dragon, which was meant to represent his now-ex-wife Sarah Ward who was born in the Year of the Dragon. Good thing she wasn’t born in the year of the pig. That’s a way less cool tattoo.
11. Handsome Devil
In “RocknRolla,” Hardy played the role of Handsome Bob, a gay hoodlum who is based on an actual real-life gangster. Handsome Bob is in love with Gerard Butler’s character, because, who doesn’t love Gerard Butler.
10. Method Man
When he had been asked whether or not he’d had sex with a man, Hardy replied, “Of course I have. I’m an actor, for f***’s sake.”
9. To the Max
When he was a teenager, Hardy was given a dog that he named Max, after one of his favorite movies, “Mad Max.” Years later, Hardy played the titular character in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Max would have been proud.
8. Putting the Fury in “Fury Road”
Hardy and “Fury Road” director George Miller had a tumultuous relationship on set because of what Hardy saw as a “relentless barrage of complexities” for a “fairly linear story.” But after he saw the film, Hardy said, “I knew he [Miller] was brilliant, but I didn’t know how brilliant until I saw it. So my first reaction was ‘Oh my god, I owe George and apology for being so myopic.’”
7. Passing the Torch
Hardy had lunch with Mel Gibson to ask his blessing to take on the iconic role of Max Rockatansky, a role which made Gibson a star.
6. Two Sides of the Coin
While on set, the stunt double for Hardy fell in love with the stunt double for Charlize Theron, and they subsequently got married and had a child. Hardy and Theron on the other hand, hated each other with a similar passion. “We drove each other crazy, but I think we have respect for each other, and that’s the difference,” Charlize explained. “This is the kind of stuff that nobody wants to understand—there’s a real beauty to that kind of relationship.” They credit the success of their characters to this behind the scenes tension.
5. Little Hardys
In 2014, Hardy married actress Charlotte Riley who he met on the set of “Wuthering Heights.” In 2015, they welcomed their first child.
4. Booty Man
In 2012, Hardy and Riley became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK.
3. Fisher Man
Hardy has signed on to play Sam Fisher in Ubisoft’s upcoming adaptation of the videogame series “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell,” which is going to be effin’ awesome.
2. It’s What’s Underneath that Counts
Despite being a celebrity, Hardy is not particularly keen on celebrity culture saying, “I want to dispel that it’s all about celebrity-ism. I’m bored of people looking at whose shoes are interesting and what hat is interesting.”
1. The Clothes Make the Man
In 2015, Hardy was named one of GQ magazine’s 50 best dressed British men because he has really interesting hats and shoes.