Tom Hardy is without a shadow of a doubt THE actor to watch in 2012. He’s already setting the showbiz world alight with his portrayal of Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises – and the flick isn’t even out until July.
Notoriously quirky, but always gracious with it, the star spoke out at this week’s Iron Lady after show party to talk Batman, his upcoming role playing Al Capone and why he’s desperate to own an ALLOTMENT.
“Batman is such an amazing franchise that I honesty feel so overwhelmingly privileged to be a part of it as not many people get the opportunity,” he said over a cocktail with his fiancee Charlotte Riley. “It’s such an amazing cast to work alongside and they are all so talented. I loved being able to play a baddie and, coming from East Sheen in south west London, that doesn’t come easily to me and I actually had to work on not being very nice. I’m genuinely a really nice guy.
“I’m not even thinking about how it’s going to blow up for me after Batman as at the end of the day you’re always going to be the same person who comes back down again and ends up broke. I’m just going to enjoy it and I’m still going to be buying a pint of milk by myself at the corner shop.”
And it’s a case of Oscars schmoscars when it comes to Tom – all he wants is an allotment near his house to grow his own veg. “I still live in East Sheen and would never consider moving,” he said. “My aim is definitely to get an allotment. I haven’t got to that stage yet and I have a long way to go. And they are very selective about who they give one too so even when I get to Michael Caine levels in acting I may not be able to have one.
I was so happy to finally have a ‘TW’ postcode when I got my place as I always got excited when I heard police radioing in that postcode and there was me probably sat in the back of their car. And don’t forget it’s where Trevor MacDonald is from. That’s enough reason to stay.”
Tom – star of Bronson and Inception to name but a few – will play the Depression-era Chicago crime tsar Al Capone as his next huge project, once he has completed work on a series of movies including the lead role in the new Mad Max, which begins shooting in Namibia this April with Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.
Tom enthused: “I’m going to be learning Italian for the film. But I’m actually going to have two masks. The first is to become Italian and then I’m going to have to do an Italian talking English. I’ve got 18 months beforehand but I’m not sure how long it’s going to take for me to learn. But the studio are going to be paying for it! I don’t think it’s going to be too difficult as it’s just what you do for the role.
“Saying that after watching Meryl Streep play Margaret Thatcher I’m now sh**ting myself at my attempt at a biopic as she blew it out the water. How am I meant to live up to that? She truly lived and breathed that role. That was definitely American 1, UK 0.”
Tom is one of the good guys. World, get ready…..he’s about to take over.
Hardy as Bane (below)