“The biggie hasn’t really come in yet,” says Hardy with a shake of his head. “I thought Star Trek would do it, but perhaps “Star Wars” would have.
Considering his track record, Hardy has little to worry about. That elusive “biggie” must surely be just around the corner. Most recently, he filmed Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut, alongside Daniel Craig and Michael Gambon, and has a slew of other films awaiting release.
In the three years since he finished drama school he’s clocked up seven movies, including Black Hawk Down (adding light relief of sorts, playing a US marine left behind with Ewen Bremner who he accidentally deafens) and Star Trek Nemesis, two plays and two episodes of Band of Brothers. It’s a hefty CV for a man who only got into acting as a route out of trouble as a teenager.
“I got arrested with a diplomat’s son aged 17,” he explains. “We’d stolen his father’s friend’s Mercedes, got pulled over in Kensington, and I had a gun on me. It was horrific, I didn’t really know how much trouble I was in.” But all that’s changed; he’s not much in demand. “It’s funny what they say about luck,” he says, “it’s 95 percent work and five percent opportunity. But I’m incredibly lucky to be here.”