Everyone knows Tom Hardy looks hot in a Venom suit, but what makes him exceptional as an actor is his work ethics and talent.
Originally working as a model, his drive to succeed in his career in acting motivated him to study drama in London. One of his heroes apparently is Gary Oldman. His debut film was Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001), and he’s been scoring movie gigs ever since. Ten years later, here is a list of movies and characters he’s done that we feel needs mentioning about.
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” —Eames, Inception (2010)
Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious, and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. Tom Hardy plays Eames the Forger, one of Cobb’s team member who can project any image of anyone, essentially forging an identity as a literal physical manifestation.
Inception won four (4) Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects, which was also nominated for four more: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score.
“I want a wife and family, I don’t want to end up like you.” —Ricki Tarr, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a Cold war espionage 2011 film. The screenplay was written by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, based on John le Carré’s 1974 novel of the same name. The film is set in London in the early 1970s and follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service. Tom Hardy plays a field agent role, named Ricki Tarr who is a member of “scalphunters”.
“So you found God, huh?” —Tom Conlon, Warrior (2011)
Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film. Tom Hardy plays Tom Conlon, an ex-Marine with a tragic past who is estranged with his brother. He later competes in an MMA tournament to test his skills. The film received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the acting, fight scenes, cinematography, and music.
“Mate, can I have a quick word with you?” —Tuck Hansen, This Means War (2012)
Joseph McGinty Nichol’s This Means War is a 2012 American romantic comedy spy film. The movie involves two CIA agents who are inseparable best friends and partners, until their long-standing personal and professional bond is put to the test when they meet Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). Tom Hardy plays Tuck Hansen: a handsome, divorced single father who falls for Lauren.
“The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!” —Bane, Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the final installment in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008). Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Bane (Tom Hardy) forces an older Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to resume his role as Batman and save Gotham City from nuclear destruction.
Tom Hardy comes back as Bane, a mysterious and physically imposing revolutionary who was excommunicated from the League of Shadows and portrays himself as a “liberator of pain”. Bane’s physical appearance was defined by his mask, which inhibited the excruciating pain that agonized his body to bearable levels.
“We’re survivors. We control the fear. And without the fear, we are all as good as dead. Do you understand?” —Forrest Bondurant, Lawless (2012)
John Hillcoat’s Lawless is a 2012 American crime drama based on Matt Bondurant’s historical novel The Wettest County in the World (2008). The film was in development for about three years before being produced. It screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film is about the violent conflict between three bootlegging brothers–Forrest (Hardy), Howard (Clarke), and Jack Bondurant (LaBeouf)–and a ruthless Deputy Charley Rakes (Pearce) and his men, who try to shut down the brothers’ Prohibition-era moonshine business after Forrest refuses to pay the cops off.
“I want to know that I’m not driving in one direction?” —Ivan Locke, Locke(2013)
Steven Knight’s Locke is a 2013 British-American drama film. Tom Hardy is the only main character seen on screen, as he carries on a number of speakerphone conversations. Tom Hardy portrayed Ivan Locke, whose life unravels after he leaves a construction site at a critical time and drives to London to be present for the birth of a child conceived during a one-night stand.
The film grossed $5 million worldwide. Tom Hardy won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor for his performance.
“Are you doing something desperate? Something we can’t clean up this time?” —Bob Saginowski, The Drop (2014)
Michaël R. Roskam’s The Drop is a 2014 American crime film. The film is based on Lehane’s 2009 short story “Animal Rescue”. Lehane also adapted the script into a 2014 novel of The Drop. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Tom Hardy plays Bob Saginowski, a simple man whose life takes a complicated turn when he finds a battered puppy.
“If you are so innocent, why do you run?” —Leo Demidov, Child 44 (2015)
Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44 is a 2015 mystery drama film based on Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel of the same name. Both the novel and the film are very loosely based on the case of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. The film was a box office bomb, grossing just $13 million against its $50 million budget.
Tom Hardy portrayed Leo Domidov, a disgraced member of the Russian military police who investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Leo loses everything when he refuses to denounce his wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace) as a traitor.
On 15 April 2015, the Russian film distributor Central Partnership announced that the film would be withdrawn from cinemas in Russia, although some media stated that screening of the film was blocked by the Russian Ministry of Culture. The film was also withdrawn from cinemas in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, while release of the film has been postponed until October in Georgia.
“My name is Max. My world is fire. And blood.” —Max Rockatansky, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 Australian-American post-apocalyptic action film. The fourth installment and a reboot of the Mad Max franchise, it is a joint Australian-American venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures.
The film is set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where petrol and water are scarce commodities. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive, who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, leading to a lengthy road battle.
Rufus Noris’s London Road is a 2015 British musical mystery crime drama film based on their National Theatre musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the interviews about the Steve Wright Killings. The film was selected to be shown in the City to City section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film documents the true events that occurred in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich, Suffolk, was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.
“A paranoid schizophrenic walks into a bar . . ” —Reggie Kray, Legend (2015)
Brian Helgeland’s Legend is a 2015 biographical crime thriller film, adapted from John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with the rise and fall of the Kray twins; the relationship that bound them together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969.
Tom Hardy portrayed the suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother, Ronnie Kray. They start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. They use violence to get what they want.
“It turns out Jesus is a squirrel. A big fat meaty one. And I shot and ate that son of a bitch.” —John Fitzgerald, The Revenant (2015)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film. The screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu is based in part on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name, describing frontiersman Hugh Glass’s experiences in 1823. That novel is in turn based on the 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass.
A frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) ventures on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. The legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.
Tom Hardy portrayed Glass’ fellow trapper, John Fitzgerald, who betrayed him.
The Revenant won three Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTA Awards. At the 88th Academy Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Hardy, with Iñárritu, DiCaprio, and Emmanuel Lubezki winning the awards for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography, respectively.
“He’s turned his tail. I’m going to get after him.” —Farrier, Dunkirk (2017)
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a 2017 war film that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. The film is a British-American-French-Dutch co-production, and was distributed by Warner Bros.
The film is about the allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France that are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Yep. Tom Hardy played Storm Trooper in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: the Last Jedi in 2017. This was back in November, where Prince William, Prince Harry, and Tom Hardy all filmed cameo appearances. However, Tom Hardy’s cameo was dropped from the final cut. Just too bad, huh?
“Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!” —Venom, Venom (2018)
Ruben Fleischer’s Venom is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe.
The film revolves around Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), a journalist, who attempts to revive his career but is bound to an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers as long as they share the same body.
Josh Trank’s Fonzo is an upcoming 2019 biographical crime film. The film centers on Al Capone after his 10 year stint in prison as he wrestles with dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.Tom Hardy portrays the notorious gangster, Al Capone.
And there you have it! Tom Hardy’s movie characters and personas over the years. You might want to catch all of them over the weekend.