Transcribed by TomHardyParty.com
“I always get the psychologically screwed and scarred characters,” says Tom Hardy. “But they’re mercurial, and I appreciate that.”
As a recovering junkie and alcoholic who was kicked out of drama school twice, the London-born actor seems to thrive on Kafkaesque turns that require an intense focus, and often, a shocking transformation. For Stuart: A Life Backwards, an acclaimed BBC film coming to HBO, Hardy dropped 20 pounds in five weeks only to later put on almost 45 pounds for Bronson, a hypnotic biopic about Britain’s most violent prisoner.
Though Hardy would someday like to stop playing roles based on “chaos and dysfunction,” he takes both elements to a new level in what may be his least straight role to date. In Guy Ritchie’s new gangster flick RocknRolla, he plays Handsome Bob, a gay getaway driver, who, with star Gerard Butler, provides the movie’s biggest plot twist. “There’s this camaraderie between all of us on set, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” says Hardy.
Though his personal and professional past might paint him as a bad boy (an image bolstered by two arms full of tattoos), Hardy is actually a soft-spoken Renaissance man who devotes his free moments to his 5-month-old son, Louis. He’s also quite the rake who can “scrub up when I need to scrub up,” he says. “Besides, I like to dress smart.” Lucky for him, a spate of designers has delivered a range of chic military-inspired looks in various shades of gray. With Clean Lines and cool tones, they’ll keep even the outlaws on the straight and narrow.