Tom Hardy and Britain’s most notorious prisoner, Charles Bronson, became good friends. Charles’ admiration for Tom has been widely recognized. Charles was very impressed with how Tom worked hard to get just as muscular as he was, (Tom gained 42 lbs. for the film), and how well he could portray his personality, even his own voice. Charles believes Tom was the only person who could play him.

There was a time when Charles gave a heartfelt life advice to Tom. When the film was due for release, Tom was interviewed about his role in Bronson. He also shared a detailed story with their talk. After many messages left by Charles on Tom’s phone, he eventually picked up.

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Tom Hardy is Best Friends with Britian's Most Notorious

Tom Hardy is Best Friends with Britian’s Most Notorious

“Do you remember the floods? Do you remember that boy who got his foot stuck in the grate, and the river kept rising, and it kept rising, and it kept rising, and eventually they tried to get him out but he drowned?

Well that wouldn’t have happened to me. Do you want to know why? Because I’d have said, cut it off now.

Tom, what I’m trying to say is, right, what I’m trying to say, son, is sometimes yeah you’ve got to cut a little piece of yourself off, yeah, no matter how much it hurts, in order to grow, yeah. In order to move on. Do you know what I mean?”

Tom Hardy has been known to be spectacular with the roles he’s given over the years, so no wonder he’d be really close with the film’s real characters and personalities that he play.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson is a fictionalized 2008 British crime-comedy-drama film that stars Tom Hardy as Michael Peterson that later became “Charles Bronson” for fighting promotions in the past. Bronson then became one of Britain’s most notorious and dangerous man punished for solitary confinement.