Press conference photos in the gallery.
♥ Some new info on the US release of This Means War: it will have a limited release for Valentine’s Day, but not open nationwide until the 17th.
Tom’s response to the report that he was angered by clips of his Big Breakfast competition on The Jonathan Ross Show:
“I heard that someone thinks I was really genuinely upset with Jonathan Ross. Not at all.
“It was funny as hell and embarrassing yes, but I was in on the gag and winding Jonathan up to put him in an awkward seat for a laugh.”
One member of the audience said he refused to answer questions about the new Batman film, but Tom explained: “No one on the Batman unit can utter a word about the film. Me and Jonny were messing around. I’m sorry if people got the wrong impression and feel that I was an a**hole.
“If people want a good laugh at me desperately trying to get up the ladder, tell ‘em to watch Minotaur. That’s a pile of s***.”
Tom Hardy is a mean, tattooed man. No, he’s a sweetheart. Tom IS tough, but he’s also got a softer, gentler side that Tom Hardy. As a man who enjoys a beautiful woman in high heels, I certainly think I know my fair share about high heels. But Tom knows EVERYTHING about high heels. There’s whole different side to Tom Hardy.
He’s this amazing British actor who has just exploded onto the movie scene. And everybody’s so excited about Tom because he has such incredible energy and he has a mind that goes at a 100 miles an hour. And he’s also just the sweetest, most loving guy.
TOM HARDY: Yes, this is a romantic comedy which then becomes an action hybrid thing. Well, actually it doesn’t belong in any one category, the film is its own genre. McG, our director, has described the story sort like this: What would happen if James Bond got his butt stuck as a civilian?
TV SPIELFILM: Which one of you is Bond? That seems to fit Chris more, you are more Jason Bourne.
TOM HARDY: Bourne, that was Matt Damon? With that I would be finished, at least on the big screen …(Laughs) It’s true, though, one is an Englishman, the other American. But Chris’ character is more interested in fast cars and fancy clothes, mixed with an old school playboy, Cary Grant crossed with Harrison Ford. My guy really just want to put his job on the shelf and live a normal life.
REESE WITHERSPOON: Nevertheless, your character is so very physical, very aggressive. Maybe more like Sean Connery used to be … But what’s so appealing is that the audience will the whole time be wondering who Lauren will choose at the end.
CHRIS PINE: Careful now. Be very careful what you say now, Reese.(all laugh)
REESE WITHERSPOON: And I think this is the point where I leave … After all, I am married. And my husband would not be happy if I choose either of these two guys here. Oh, I’d probably choose Chelsea (Handler)! (Laughs)
TV SPIELFILM: Are you pleased with your decision in the film?
REESE WITHERSPOON: I don’t know because I haven’t seen the end. Only McG knows how the film ends.
TV SPIELFILM: But these gentlemen got into some serious competition, right?
TOM HARDY: Yes, very true, we are constantly trying to outdo each other in order to gain her favor. But I think for very different reasons. My character is looking for a new mother for his son and not just a date.
CHRIS PINE: A friend just told me how much he hates first dates and I just said to him: I love them! I think it’s great to learn things about other people, I enjoy it. And I too think the first meeting is uncomfortable, but it’s also rather exciting.
REESE WITHERSPOON: I think it’s terrible, just terrible.
TV SPIELFILM: Would you spy on someone before you meet on a first date?
CHRIS PINE: I think today it’s probably inevitable, looking someone up on Google beforehand. But I guess sometimes I would have preferred a little more mystery.
TOM HARDY: How about looking into a criminal record?
CHRIS PINE: Sure, the criminal record is always a good idea.
REESE WITHERSPOON: It’s a blessing and a curse that you now can check up everyone on social media networks. And is it not so, that a really huge percentage of people get to know each other over the Internet? I believe that something like one relationship in five, begins on line. That’s what they always say in the match.com commercials anyway, so it must be true. (Laughs)
TOM HARDY: Online dating is a serious matter, but in this film we add the military and spy quotient. That makes it very funny, but at the same time a little sad somehow – just like in real life.
McG and Tom on the alternate endings:
“We wanted to have flexibility and even talked about two endings and releasing it on 3,000 screens – 1,500 have this [ending] and 1,500 have that one, and just not saying anything,” McG said at a recent press conference in Los Angeles. “But it felt a little gimmicky in the end.
“There’s even an ending where the two boys end up in each other’s arms.”
“That should have been the ending,” Hardy said to McG. “It would have been a really groundbreaking ending! You should have gone for it, really gone for it.”