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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 September 1977Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Birth NameEdward Thomas Hardy
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers (2001). After being cast in the World War II drama, Hardy left his studies at the prestigious Drama Centre in London and was subsequently cast as Twombly in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) and as the villain Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Tom was born on September 15, 1977 in Hammersmith, London; his mother, Elizabeth Anne (Barrett), is an artist and painter, and his father, Edward Hardy, is a writer. He is of English and Irish descent. Hardy was brought up in East Sheen, London, and first studied at Reed's School. His education continued at Tower House School, then at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London, along with fellow Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender. After winning a modeling competition at age 21, he had a brief contract with the agency Models One.

Tom spent his teens and early twenties battling delinquency, alcoholism and drug addiction; after completing his work on Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), he sought treatment and has also admitted that his battles with addiction ended his 5-year marriage to Rachael Speed.

Returning to work in 2003, Hardy was awarded the Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award for his theatre performances in the productions of "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings" and "Blood". In 2003, Tom also co-starred in the play "The Modernists" with Paul Popplewell, Jesse Spencer and Orlando Wells.

During the next five years, Hardy worked consistently in film, television and theatre, playing roles as varied as Robert Dudley in the BBC's The Virgin Queen (2005), Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist (2007) and starring in "The Man of Mode" at the National Theatre. On the silver screen, he appeared in the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004) with Daniel Craig, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006), and the romp Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006).

In 2006, Hardy created "Shotgun", an underground theatre company along with director Robert Delamere, and directed a play, penned by his father for the company, called "Blue on Blue". In 2007, Hardy received a best actor BAFTA nomination for his touching performance as Stuart Shorter in the BBC adaptation of Alexander Masters' bestselling biography Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007). Hardy, hailed for his transformative character acting, was lauded for his emotionally and physically convincing portrayal in the ill-fated and warmhearted tale of Shorter, a homeless and occasionally violent man suffering from addiction and muscular dystrophy.

The following year, he appeared as gay hoodlum Handsome Bob in the Guy Ritchie film RocknRolla (2008), but it would be his next transformation that would prove his extensive range and stun critics. In the film Bronson (2008), Hardy played the notorious Charles Bronson (given name, Michael Peterson), the "most violent prisoner in Britain". Bald, pumped-up, and outfitted with Bronson's signature strongman mustache, Hardy is unrecognizable and gives a harrowing performance that is physically fearless and psychologically unsettling. Director Nicolas Winding Refn breaks the fourth wall with Hardy retelling his tales directly to viewers as well as performing them outright before an audience of his own imagining. The performance mixes terrifying brutality, vaudevillian showmanship, wry humor, and an alarming amount of commitment, and won Hardy a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. The performance got Hollywood's attention and, in 2009, Hardy was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch". That year, he continued to garner praise for his starring role in The Take (2009), a four-part adaptation of Martina Cole's bestselling crime novel, as well as for his performance as Heathcliff in a version of Wuthering Heights (2009).

Recent work includes the aforementioned breakthrough appearance in Inception (2010) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page. The movie was released in July 2010 and became one of top 25 highest grossing films of all time, collecting eight Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and winning four.

Other films include Warrior (2011), opposite Joel Edgerton, the story of two estranged brothers facing the fight of a lifetime from director Gavin O'Connor, and This Means War (2012), directed by McG and co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. Tom also starred in the heralded Cold War thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) with Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

Hardy rejoined Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises (2012); he played the villain role of Bane opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman. Hardy's menacing physique and his character's scrambled, hard-to-distinguish voice became a major discussion point as the film was released.

Outside of performing, Hardy is the patron for the charity "Flack", which is an organization to aid the recovery of the homeless in Cambridge. And, in 2010, Hardy was named an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged youth. On the recent stage, he starred in the Brett C. Leonard play "The Long Red Road" in early 2010. Written for Hardy and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, the play was staged at Chicago's Goodman Theater.

In 2015, Hardy starred as the iconic Mad Max in George Miller's reboot of his franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). He also collected a British Independent Film Award for his portrayal of both the Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, in Legend (2015), and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as John Fitzgerald in The Revenant (2015).

He has an outlaw biker story among other projects in development. In 2010, Hardy became engaged to fellow English actress, Charlotte Riley, whom he starred with in The Take (2009) and Wuthering Heights (2009), and is raising a young son, Louis, with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: bemorecynical2001

Tom Hardy made his debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), science fiction thriller Inception (2010), sports drama Warrior (2011), Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), crime drama Lawless (2012), drama Locke (2013), mobster film The Drop (2014), and the biographical western thriller The Revenant (2015), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also portrayed Bane in the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises (2012), "Mad" Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and both Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend (2015).

Hardy's television roles include the HBO war drama miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), the BBC historical drama miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005), ITV's Wuthering Heights (2008), the Sky 1 drama series The Take (2009), and the BBC British historical crime drama television series Peaky Blinders (2013).

In 2010, Hardy starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, released on 5 September 2011 at the 68th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice. In March 2010, Hardy signed a first look deal at Warner Bros.

In 2011, Hardy starred in the film Warrior, which was released on 9 September 2011 by Lionsgate Films. His performance as Tommy Riordan, who is trained by his father to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother, gained praise from critics. Hardy also starred in This Means War, a 2012 romantic comedy film directed by McG. He played the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, released on 20 July 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (2)

Charlotte Riley (4 July 2014 - present) (1 child)
Sarah Ward (1999 - 2004) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Deep raspy voice
Muscular physique
Extreme changes of physical appearance
Full lips and blue-green eyes

Trivia (51)

He joined Drama Centre London in September 1998 and was taken out early to work on Band of Brothers (2001). One of his classmates at drama school was Michael Fassbender, both appeared in Band of Brothers and Hardy stated that Fassbender was the best actor in the school.
He loves to drink coffee, Coke, fizzy water, fruit drinks, Red Bull and tea.
Had a dog named Max that was given to him when he was a teenager, he passed away in 2011. The dog's name was an honor to Mad Max (1979). Years later, Hardy played the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affliate for his performance in "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings", performed at the Hampstead Theatre.
He was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in "Blood" and "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings" performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs and Hampstead Theatre. The same year he had a successful run, co-starring in "The Modernists" with Paul Popplewell, Jesse Spencer and Orlando Wells.
Trained under Sir Anthony Hopkins' former mentor at the London Drama Centre.
His father, Chips Hardy, was the first firefighter in the family to attend a university.
Shares an agent with Ewan McGregor: Lindy King. Hardy has a tattoo with his agent's name on his left arm.
Won "The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel" competition at age 21 in 1998 (and with it a brief contract with Models One).
Became a father for the first time at age 30 when his [now ex] girlfriend Rachael Speed gave birth to their son Louis Thomas Hardy on April 8, 2008.
Has written two television series with Kelly Marcel, both of which have sold to production companies.
One of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to watch (2009).
Auditioned for the role of Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (2005) and nearly won the role but inevitably lost to Matthew Macfadyen.
Engaged to his Wuthering Heights (2009) co-star Charlotte Riley (2010).
He battled alcoholism and a crack cocaine addiction in his early-to mid-twenties, but has been sober since 2003.
Has worked with Chris Pine in the action comedy This Means War (2012). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Chris starred in Star Trek (2009).
Is the only actor to play a villain in a Star Trek film and a Batman film.
Ranked #17 on Empire Online list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013.
His performance in Bronson (2008) and Matthias Schoenaerts' performance in Bullhead (2011), were Steven Ogg's inspirations to play Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto V (2013). Steven Ogg revealed his inspirations at the New York Comic-Con in October 2013. Hardy and Schoenaerts starred together in The Drop (2014), a film directed by Michaël R. Roskam, the same director of Bullhead.
He assumed that Christopher Nolan cast him as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) because of his performance in Bronson (2008). He later found out that Nolan thought he would be a good fit based of his performance in RocknRolla (2008) and had not even seen Bronson.
Was cast as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Revenant (2015). Joel Kinnaman (his co-star in Child 44 (2015)) replaced him.
Good friends with Benedict Cumberbatch. They starred together in Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
Has appeared in two films with Jason Clarke: Lawless (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
He loves Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira.
Had been considered for the role of John Connolly in the crime drama Black Mass (2015), but dropped out. Joel Edgerton (his co-star in Warrior (2011)) replaced him.
Was cast in Takashi Miike's English-language debut, "The Outsider", a film about Yakuza, but he dropped out. Miike dropped out of the project as well.
Has appeared in four films with his idol Gary Oldman: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
Has co-starred in two films with his friend Noomi Rapace: The Drop (2014) and Child 44 (2015). They play each other's love interest in both films.
Leonardo DiCaprio convinced him to read the script of The Revenant (2015) and take the role of John Fitzgerald. They became friends after starring together in Inception (2010).
Has starred in two films with his friend Vincent Cassel: The Reckoning (2002) and Child 44 (2015).
Was set to star as climber George Mallory in Doug Liman's Everest, but dropped out.
Interviewed Matthias Schoenaerts, his co-star in The Drop (2014), for the May 2015 issue of Interview magazine. During the interview, Hardy expressed his desire to work with Schoenaerts again.
Had been considered for the role of John Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), which went to his co-star Jason Clarke.
Became a father for the second time at age 38 when his wife Charlotte Riley gave birth to their child in October 2015.
Hugh Jackman has expressed his desire to see Hardy playing Wolverine, the character that made him famous.
Has worked with Idris Elba in the crime comedy RocknRolla (2008). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Idris appeared in Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Jacob Tomuri worked as Hardy's stunt double in three movies: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Legend (2015) and The Revenant (2015). During the promotion of Fury Road, Hardy brought Tomuri for press junkets to be interviewed as well.
In 2012, he played a role where he wore a mask for much of the film's runtime (The Dark Knight Rises (2012)). In 2013, he played a role where he was inside a vehicle for much of the film's runtime (Locke (2013)). In 2015, he combined the two...playing a role that, for much of the film's runtime, had him both inside a vehicle and wearing a mask (Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)).
Parents are Edward "Chips" and Anne Hardy.
Ranked #1 on IMDb's "Top Stars" in 2012 and 2015.
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Inception (2010), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Revenant (2015).
Has played both Charles Salvador (Bronson (2008)) and the Kray twins (Legend (2015)) who used to be very good friends in prison in real life.
The little finger on his right hand is permanently bent - he stabbed a knife into a chopping board and severed a tendon in his finger. This took three operations to be able to close his finger to make a fist, but it can not straighten.
Enjoys watching reality TV shows to get ideas for characters. He said: "It's great people-watching. I'll steal characters from Come Dine with Me (2005). Because they're real people. I take something from everybody. I'll steal you at some point...".
Has starred in two films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 2016: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Revenant (2015).
Hardy and his The Dark Knight Rises (2012) co-star, Christian Bale, were both nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2016.
The British indie rock band Trampolene named a song after him. The song was released on February 26, 2016.
In 2009, director Nicolas Winding Refn (whom he worked with on Bronson (2008)) announced that Hardy would portray polemic and controversial English occultist, Aleister Crowley, in a biopic but as of 2016, the project has not been developed.
Screenwriter/producer Brett C. Leonard is the godfather of his son Louis.
Speaks French fluently. As a child, he grew up going with his parents to the South of France.
Has English and Irish ancestry.

Personal Quotes (34)

You don't step on stage to eat, you go there to be eaten.
[acting tip on a movie or play] Whatever character you play, remember they are always doing something. They are not just talking. They are alive; going through a drama in which they will go through some sort of dramatic human experience. Keywords: Alive and Experience. It is your job to make them become so. Anything you do on stage or film has a direct relation to something you have experienced in one form or another in real life. Use your imagination to exaggerate or lessen that sensation. Then, disguise it in characterization and don't forget to make lots and lots of mistakes, and look like a complete asshole. You'll do fine.
[on his nosiness] And I like people. I like to know what you're really up to. I'm a bit of a nosey busybody. Why do they do the things they do? Why are they prepared to do the things they do to get what they want? When? Where? Who?
[on his career] I mean there I was. One moment in Wandsworth Police Station on the way to Wormwood Scrubs, looking at 14 years, to this!
[to his fans] Thanks for all the wonderful paintings and drawings and writings. I am very honoured to have your support, and love you for the energy and the inspiring work and comments that you bring to the table.
[on Shinzon, his character from Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)] The character was like the Prince and the Pauper or more like Greystoke to me. He essentially has not had the same circumstances and experiences. Picard doesn't have the same baggage that Shinzon carries. So that was more freeing. He is essentially an orphan and an abused child, who becomes an emperor. There were moves that I had to play with, that did not have anything to do with Picard. The whole film is about why they are not similar. So the relationship had a ground basis to work from.
[on his Shinzon action figure] My action figure is great! It's big and bald. It's very disturbing to look at a toy and see yourself. At the same time, it's very cool.
[When asked by Simon Gage of Attitude magazine in a 2008 interview, "Have you ever had sexual relations with men?"] I'm an actor, for fuck's sake. I'm an artist. I've played with anything and anyone. But I'm not into men sexually. I love the form and the physicality but the gay sex bit does nothing for me... To me, it just doesn't compute to me now that I'm in my 30s and it doesn't do it for me and I'm done experimenting.
I love people. People are lovely creatures. I'm one myself so I love to see people happy.
I'm from East Sheen, I went to public school where I learned Latin at the age of nine, and certain expectations were made of me to go to St. Paul's, Oxbridge maybe, and all that kind of thing. And I failed systematically to meet the mark - who I am and what I should have been are two very different things.
[on working with Gary Oldman] Gary Oldman is my hero, that's it. When I went to drama school everybody used to quote him in all his films, you know State of Grace (1990) right through to Léon: The Professional (1994) or whatever. And I'd sit there really quietly and think, "No, no, you don't know. I'm more of a Gary Oldman fan than you are." [laughs] When you do an impression of him, that's sacrilege! So to work with him, for him to look me in the eye, talk to me... acknowledge I exist! Cos I'm not star struck by people, but Gary just took the wind right out of me. I'm very lucky we had to reshoot those scenes on the couch [in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)] because the first task that I did was just me watching him, because I was shocked to actually be working with him. Then for him to actually like me, and to work three times with him - cos we did Lawless (2012) afterwards. I remember saying "Would you look at the script, it's really cool", and he's like "Yeah, sure." This is crazy, you know? This is a man that I've stolen everything that I've done from, like Bronson (2008) and Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007). That's me trying to emulate what Gary's done, and to work with him makes me feel like I don't have any characters of my own. [laughs]
I want to dispel that it's all about celebrity-ism, I'm fucking bored of people looking at whose shoes are interesting and what hat is interesting. Storytelling is very important to people, it comforts them, unite us, cheers us up, we can affect change with these arts. We need to be entertained to connect.
[on getting sober in 2003] I went entirely off the rails and I'm lucky I didn't have some terrible accident or end up in prison or dead, because that's where I was going. Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It's like living with a 400 pound orangutan that wants to kill me. It's much more powerful than me, doesn't speak the same language and it runs around the darkness of my soul.
[2010, on quitting drugs and alcohol] I thought I'd have a little bit of a party, and I'd end up high and frightened, in places that scared me. In a blackout I could end up anywhere, I might wake up somewhere on the other side of London, or in another country or in bed with someone I didn't know, not knowing how I got there. Bleeding. This was on a daily basis and I was going to work, I didn't want to appear rock 'n' roll, I didn't want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn't hide it. Eventually, the body gives up, my body told me - I was completely kaput, I was lucky I didn't get hepatitis or AIDS.
[on working on Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)] I was terrified. Every day on that set, I was terrified, which worked for the character anyway. You can't hide that, the camera will pick it up. I was genuinely out of my depth. The whole thing was "How can I do this?" I took it very seriously, with my technique. I didn't have a single drink when I did it, for three months. Friday night, nothing! I'd never been so focused in my life! I couldn't get the job done otherwise. I was working 17-hour days. When I came back I just slept. I was just constantly at work. A lot of the Enterprise stuff was shot three months prior to me coming out. So they'd already shot half the movie before I turned up. So it was like walk in, straight in, out the frying pan, into the fire, get on with it.
I don't feel very manly. I don't feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality. People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them. I'm not a fighter. I'm a petite little bourgeois boy from London. I don't fight, I mimic.
[on how he viewed his character in Locke (2013)] Responsibility has a cost, and there's no such thing as a perfection. So the argument of Ivan being a good guy or bad guy, in the same way, he's not perfect, well fucking welcome to the human race.
[on having to craft an hour and a half performance in just eight days of shooting on Locke (2013)] There's nothing too perfect [in his performance], his night is intrinsically fucked. The question is, how do you unfuck it, to the best of your ability, when inevitably it's not going to be the best of nights? So there's no point of affecting that with embellishments, it's shit.
[on watching himself on screen] I see myself as a piece of meat. And it's purely subjective. For me, I know that's the best I can do.
I'm a bit of a micromanager. In the early days, directors and producers would get nervous about me being in the video village. But to me it really is a tool, just a fucking tool. I need to make sure that my tone is working, that's not about vanity, it's about is it working? I'm not saving lives, mate, but a surgeon would look at footage and the video of other people doing surgery, or a formula one racer would watch a lap where someone took a corner, or a boxer would watch another boxer fight, I'd watch a screen and say, "Okay, that's bullshit, we've got to work on that." Some people do have a problem looking at that, they say, "Oh shit, that changes everything." But I'm 45 films deep now, I'm a bit old and ugly for it, I kind of get it, and I want to know how can I be more immersed in this world.
[on working on Locke (2013)] It's a shift for me, but it was a pleasure to play in the realm of containment. I can't describe it any other way, apart from there is so many layers to it. The car is a containment in some way, Locke is contained in his emotions. And each individual phone call, there are four walls to each relationship, which collapse or don't. So it was quite a mathematical performance.
[on This Means War (2012)] I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it.
I'm not really a road dog. I'm a bit of a homeboy. But the reality is, I love what I fucking do.
[on struggling with his life increasingly being "in the public domain"] I don't like it when people say, "Well, you should have expected that when you accepted the job as an actor." When you go to drama school, no one gives you a class on fame. Just treat people how you wish to be treated. Whether I'm married or not married, people will find out. But it's also not something I'm going to offer.
I love to do things I hadn't done before.
[on Brazilian films] I've seen Last Stop 174 (2008) and City of Men (2007). These films reminded me of a lot of the acting style of the '70s, very manly and energetic. It is a very similar energy to the French and South African productions. I like the passion for living that Brazil has, it is in Capoeira, on dance and in the people. By the way, I love Capoeira, but I'm terrible at it.
[on going to drama school with Michael Fassbender at Drama Centre] - Yeah, Michael Fassbender was two years above me at drama school and he was the guy. Everybody wanted to be like him - not me, because that's just the way I am and when people tell me they're going to do something, I'm like "Nah, I'll do the other." But secretly, I was like "Ah, I wish I was as good as him!" He was really, really good. He was a special student in the third year, and then he left and I didn't see him again until we did Band of Brothers (2001). I remember when we were there, he was doing the play "The Silver Tassie", a character who lost his legs in World War I, and he was spending a lot of time in a wheelchair. We only had half an hour for lunch and Michael would spend forever getting through the line in his wheelchair, so we'd all be like "Come on, Michael! Just order your food, man!" And he'd spin around in his wheelchair and yell, "Fuck off!".

[on how it must be surreal that he and Michael are considered by many to be two of the greatest actors of their generation] - It was always in the cards for Michael. It was always in the cards for him. I'm not surprised about him at all, because he was awesome. Me, I don't know how I got here! I feel like I just came from delivering pizza and I got lucky.
[on how he pulled off "acting against himself" in Legend (2015)] - I watched Sam Rockwell in Moon (2009) and thought, "He's so fucking good. I'd love to do something like that one day if it came up." As an acting challenge, it was something that I'd never done before, and it was something I wanted to do to test the muscle and see if I could pull it off. I don't think Brian [Helgeland] saw me playing both characters, and wanted to cast two different actors. But he really wanted me to play Reggie and I really wanted to play Ronnie, so we had a dinner and it culminated in, "If you give me Reggie, I'll give you Ronnie." Then we had to figure out how it was going to work out. It boils down to split screens, a bit of face replacement.

[on "what was the most difficult part of testing this new muscle" in/with Legend (2015)] - I think it was the ensemble thing - making sure everyone else on the team knows what's going on when the cameras are rolling, so that they feel that they're not left out or subject to something that's a gimmick. You don't want to let the team down, and you want to create drama. We don't want it to be all about trying to hide a gimmick - "Oh, there's Tom there... there's Tom there" - but for the audience to get immersed in the story. The hardest thing was creating that alchemy so that it didn't affect anyone else's work.
[on if he's he's become "this hulking, hard man actor?"] - It's funny in that because it is acting, and playing pretend, but I didn't see myself being synonymous with these tough-guy roles. That's not really me. I love acting. There was Bane, Warrior, Bronson, and now the Krays. I'm just surprised to be working, mate. Whatever gets me through the door.
[on his involvement with anti-poaching work and the killing of Cecil the Lion] - You know what? It's really important. And poor Cecil paid the price, ultimately. It's fascinating that it takes something like that to illuminate the subject. With ongoing anti-poaching and animal trafficking as well, it's so rife. There is so much going on in that world. And it's difficult to practice what one preaches, because I struggle with the concept of vegetarianism and veganism being the right step forward as well. The killing of animals is symptomatic of something else. There are millions of chickens killed a day, so what's the difference between a wild, exotic, beautiful animal, and an animal we've been made to eat? I'm struggling in my head about sentient beings and the merciless killing of animals when we don't really need to at all. How do you effect change and understanding in people in the killing of animals full stop? I'm struggling with that in my head because I eat meat.
[on being directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the play "The Long Red Road"] - He was my friend. And he became my friend, but at first I was a massive fan. And my friend wrote that play, Brett C. Leonard. I was a young actor and had just gotten out of rehab, funnily enough, and I didn't think I would act again. I was in a really shit state. The long and short of it is, after rehab, I did a play called In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis for the LAByrinth Theatre Company, in London. Doing that play, I met Brett C. Leonard, who introduced me to Phil, and I went in and met him for The Long Red Road, and we workshopped that for three years, and I got to know him well. He's my friend. This sounds silly, but I wanted to impress him, because he was just brilliant. And he fought for me to work in the theater because he got me my equity card on Broadway, and in Chicago. It was just beautiful to see him in his element directing. I remember one moment where I broke down onstage with him and said, "I can't do this," because it's so difficult and soul-destroying to be with Phil in a room and try and do something in front of a man who can clearly do everything that I want to do better than me no matter how hard I try. So frankly, it was like being judged by someone who had the right to judge you, being a part of the team he's on, and not wanting to let him down.
[on the Internet being fascinated by his "dog obsession"] - It's not an obsession! I love dogs. I really love them. They're always going to be around, doggies. They're special creatures. I love all animals, but I think dogs are just fantastic. Just fantastic.

[after quoting an interview where he said, "Dog spelled backwards is God."] - [laughs] Oh, did I say that? Well, that is true. But I do think there's a lot about a dog that we can learn from, and I do put the dog into a lot of my characters because a dog, if you watch them, they're so funny to watch. They speak with their eyes and their body, and I find that fascinating to observe. And another thing about the dog is you can never fool the dog into thinking that you're somebody else, so they're great bullshit monitors - especially for actors. So if you think you can transform, just try and pull off your transformation in front of your dog and I guarantee he'll see right through your greatest transformation, which is quite humbling.

[on does he "test out new characters" in front of his dogs] - I do. I rehearse in front of them, yeah. But it's very soul-destroying. They're very harsh critics, dogs. And they're very rarely impressed. [laughs]
There's two types of acting: convincing and not convincing. People describe me as intense. It's because I care. I am a pain in the ass because I care. Do I know what I'm doing? No. Do I have the best of intentions? Yes. Does that lead to hell? Sometimes.
[on being asked if he really did do 2500 push-ups a day for five weeks as preparation for the role of Charles Bronson by Interview magazine in late 2009] No, Charlie (Michael Peterson) does 2500 push-ups a day, I didn't do that. I had to put on a lot of weight as quick as possible and I only had five weeks to do it, and a lot of that was fat. I ate everything.

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