Tom Hardy‘s closer to the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie than ever, thanks to the hiring of his close friend Kelly Marcel as script writer, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to stare at some gorgeous pics of the star and update our Tom Hardy factfile! Enjoy, ladies.
Tom Hardy – 70 Pictures You Need To See; 70 Facts You Need To Know…
Tom Hardy’s life and his acting career is all here in pictures – from his birthday on 15th September, 1977 and his roles in Band Of Brothers, Star Trek, Inception and Warrior to The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless and Mad Max: Fury Road. On October 9th, 2012, we updated the slideshow to 70 HOT pictures and facts about Tom. In the future he’ll star in Doug Liman’s Everest, Greg Williams’ Samarkand, Al Capone biopic Cicero, The Long Red Road, and maybe even the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie now his best friend Kelly Marcel is writing the script.
Tom’s workout secrets are searched daily by men wanting the same body he built for Warrior, Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises – so what are his fitness secrets? The handsome British actor has been on our radar ever since starring in Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Bronson, and has starred alongside actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Josh Hartnett, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf and many more.
Tom’s had some amazing leading ladies too, including his fiancee Charlotte Riley, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and CharlIze Theron. His bad boy tattoos and past just add to his allure, although the body ink has to be covered for his role as Batman villain Bane. Tom is also a devoted father to Louis Hardy too, (whose godfather is his personal trainer, Patrick P-Nut Monroe), and is set to get married soon to boot!
Click through our gallery of Tom Hardy pictures and facts and find out more about the hot British actor – will he play Christian Grey in the 50 Shades Of Grey movie?
Tom Hardy: Tie Trouble
Tom might look dapper at premieres, but don’t expect him to know how to tie a bow tie – he wore a clip on at Cannes, he told GQ: "I had a hooked-on bowtie from here at the Martinez Hotel. I did have one of these tie-your-own bow ties, but I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ I can do Windsor knots and normal knots, but I don’t know how to tie a fucking bow tie. I went to public school, but not a really posh one like Prince Harry’s. So I had the Martinez bow tie. You know, with, like, a Velcro bit. Like a real movie star."
Tom might look dapper at premieres, but don’t expect him to know how to tie a bow tie – he wore a clip on at Cannes, he told GQ: “I had a hooked-on bowtie from here at the Martinez Hotel. I did have one of these tie-your-own bow ties, but I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ I can do Windsor knots and normal knots, but I don’t know how to tie a fucking bow tie. I went to public school, but not a really posh one like Prince Harry’s. So I had the Martinez bow tie. You know, with, like, a Velcro bit. Like a real movie star."
Tom Hardy: Expect The Unexpected
Tom arrived on set for his role in Lawless with a bizarre inspiration in mind for his tough character, Forrest Bondurant, he told French GQ: "I based my character on the [cartoon] grandmother of Tweety and Sylvester. The mother of the Bondurant boys was swept away by the Spanish flu and it is my character Forrest, the eldest brother, who replaced her. To a man, it’s complicated to put on a maternal image. Observing the grandmother in Tweety and Sylvester helped me imagine what it would be like to be the mother of another."
Tom Hardy: Bill Sikes In Oliver Twist
Tom put his own spin on Bill Sikes in the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist, telling the Sunday Times: “In previous versions, there has been a kind of hamminess to Sikes. He has been played as a towering rock of emotionless violence. Oliver Reed’s portrayal, magnificent as it was, showed him as a Neanderthal beast, and you did wonder what Nancy was doing with him. In Sarah’s script she sees much more tenderness in the relationship. In the end, he kills Nancy, but he is haunted to his own grave by her death.”
Tom Hardy: Studying His Craft
Tom attended Drama Centre London, studying under the same teacher Anthony Hopkins based Hannibal Lecter’s mannerisms on! He left early to join Steven Spielberg’s famous miniseries, Band Of Brothers, with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, David Schwimmer, and many other well-known faces.
Tom Hardy: Charitable Chap
Since playing a homeless addict in amazing TV movie Stuart: A Life Backwards, Tom has been heavily involved with Cambridge-based homeless charity FLACK, as well as The Prince’s Trust and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, among others. Recently he drove across Siberia to raise money for them, and his adventure will be aired on TV later this year.
Tom Hardy: Chameleon
The Dark Knight Rises producer (and Christopher Nolan’s wife) Emma Thomas explained how Tom changes drastically for his roles: “He would walk in and he’d look quite slim and slender… then he would hold his body in a different way and sort of stick his gut out, do something with his shoulders and suddenly you’d see exactly what it is he’s going to do [as Bane].”
Tom Hardy: Comedy Roots
Tom says he find the light in some of his dark roles, telling the Guardian: "I do like to find comedy – not boom boom, but circumstance, an incongruous character juxtaposed with a certain situation. My old man is a comedy writer – he wrote for Dave Allen and he writes adverts, and I grew up around that. I have an acute awareness that I’m selling something – lying and keeping a straight face. I was incredibly boring as a child, but I had a sense of humour."
Tom Hardy: Salsa Dancing With Gerard Butler
In a 2008 Out Magazine interview, Tom admitted to getting a bit posessive of his on-screen crush Gerard Butler while they had salsa dancing lessons for RockNRolla: ”During our lessons these really gay dancers were trying to put it on Butler. They just made me want to snuggle Gerard a bit tighter, lick his top lip a bit.”
Tom Hardy: Sex Scene
Tom’s first role also included his very first sex scene, of which he told Esquire: "Yeah, that was a baptism of fire… She was gorgeous….I was terrified! It wasn’t half as closed a set as I thought it was gonna be. They kept saying they could see my pants, so I wound up with a flesh-coloured pouch gaffer-taped over me balls! Took a load of hair out when I ripped it of after. Band of Brazilians, more like!"
Tom Hardy: Firearm Experience
Tom says that shooting guns in his movies comes fairly naturally to him – "My Dad had a firearms certificate and we used to shoot rifles, semi-automatic pistols…things like that. I like guns. One of the instructors at Fort Benning [for Black Hawk Down] said I had a good eye."
Tom Hardy: Paul Bettany Fight
Tom Hardy and his The Reckoning costar Vincent Cassel reminisced over a feud Tom had with fellow Brit actor, Paul Bettany, when Vincent interviewed him for French magazine, Premiere: VC: "Are you allowed to talk about under which circumstances we met and how that anecdote involves Paul Bettany during the filming of The Reckoning?" TH: "Go ahead! Don’t be afraid to incriminate me!" VC: "So, would you advise someone who’s shooting their first movie, to take a swing at the lead actor because he’s saying bad things about you?" TH: "I didn’t hit him, I slapped him. I didn’t want to leave a mark on his face." VC: "Good thinking." (laughs)
Tom Hardy: 9/11 Memories
Tom was out in Africa filming when 9/11 took place. Talking to The Wrap, he said: "I was doing a French Foreign Legion film, and I was going out to North Africa, Morocco. We’d just done Black Hawk Down, and they shelved that immediately. There were a lot of war films that year being made. A lot of work was being done in North Africa. Everyone had started panicking. And I was executing holy men in a scene three days later in a mosque in Morocco. So it was a very odd situation to be in, because there I was, playing a soldier in North Africa. We had a plane on standby to get us out if anything kicked off. Immediately, it was a life-changing event. I have friends who serve, I have a lot of friends in special forces, I have very, very close friends who deal in very serious operations all over the Middle East that were affected post-9/11 … I’m still really thrown by the loss and the amount of people on that day, and that whole situation, to be honest. I’m a bit thrown. I’ve got friends who were in the building, in the twin towers. I have friends who are servicemen… What can you say?”
Tom Hardy: Past Problems
Tom doesn’t love talking about his past indiscretions, he told the Guardian: "People don’t know me yet, so I know they want to hear this stuff. They can hear it once, then let’s talk about something else. I’ll be done with it. When I’m 40 I’ll be cantankerous and badgery about it. When I’m 50 I’ll slap young interviewers and swear. When I’m 70 I’ll be incorrigible."
Tom Hardy: Hollywood Debt
Tom says that getting big leading roles like Mad Max make him feel pressure to be brilliant, for those who didn’t get the part: "If you look round Hollywood there’s no end of white smiles and six packs. Long lines of beautiful people lining up to be incredible on film. Lots of people who want this part. I have a responsibility to those who didn’t make it to the pitch."
Tom Hardy: Xbox Over Movies
Tom says that he doesn’t really watch films in his spare time, telling GQ: "I play Xbox. I have a little boy to look after. I have dogs. You know, I have things to do. I would love to be able to sit down and watch something like a movie. I watch my own movies because I have to. Because we’re at a premiere. But to sit down and watch a whole movie at home? I don’t have that kind of time. We do sit and watch hourly chunks, like The Dog Whisperer. That’s my life. You know what I mean?"
Tom Hardy: Workout & Weight Loss Secrets
Tom admitted it was hard to lose weight to star in Stuart: A Life Backwards when he spoke to IndieLondon: Absolutely. But Stuart: A Life Backwards was a brilliant part that an actor like me would totally want to do. So, you just do it. It’s much less daunting once you’ve put your foot on the road to it. I’m a notorious couch potato and I don’t like exercise. Half an hour of physical exercise, like jogging or fast walking a day is a start. Then there’s your diet. You cut out sugars, fat, soy sauces… anything that’s nice. Tea and coffee is replaced by boiling water with lemon. It’s amazing how quickly you get into it. There’s also herbal tea and a lot of water, obviously… about two litres a day… It’s about motivation and it has to be something that’s realistic for you to keep up."
Tom Hardy: Cathartic Roles
Tom revealed that his own experiences with alcoholism caused his roles in Stuart and Warrior to be quite cathartic for him: "I felt very much at home with the sadder side of Tommy, but it’s not a territory I need to dwell in. I don’t need to discuss or work around the abuse that surrounds alcoholism and dysfunction in families who suffer from that disease because it’s something I can draw on from personal experience. It was actually quite cathartic, and I felt a responsibility to those who understand that world and those who don’t and to open a window on it."
Tom Hardy: Madonna Moment
While filming RockNRolla he watched Madonna (director Guy Ritchie’s wife at the time) administer a vitamin injection in to Gerard Butler’s bum! He told Out magazine: “It was her basically saying, ‘Gerard, I don’t want you f**king up my husband’s film,’ There she is in the back of the car, slipping in from the roof, and appearing like the Terminator —*the* f**king Madonna.”
Tom Hardy: Back From The Brink
Talking to Marie Claire, Tom revealed that he was dangerously close to death in the distant past: "There was a point when I could have been dead. [Rehab] was the end of a childhood which had gone on too long, that didn’t grow into adulthood and wasn’t going to work alongside my profession,’
Tom Hardy: Painting And Meditating
Tom’s plans for his time in the desert while shooting Mad Max: Fury Road were set when he was interviewed by the Guardian a few years ago: "The amount of time away is daunting – I’m just getting settled as a responsible man – but if you split the elephant into little mouthfuls it will be fine. I can use the time in the desert to paint or meditate."
Tom Hardy: Snarky Poodles
Tom was asked his thoughts on personal style by American GQ, and gave a typically unique answer: "Like this grooming and styling thing? It’s f**king poodles. Human poodles. I feel sorry for a poodle because he’s a dog. You know, a dog is a fucking great creature. They would do anything for you. And the poodle gets a haircut. No one asks if the poodle wants his hair cut like that. Do they? They just f**king cut his hair like that. And he just walks around. And everyone is like, ‘Why is that poodle so snarky?’ ‘F**k you’." Something tells us he’ll never make his dogs get a hair cut…