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I'll start with Tom as Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders. It takes a rare talent for someone to come into an already established show with a sublime cast of actors and steal the entire show!
From the moment Alfie appeared on screen, with his short fuse and hilarious one liners, he quickly became one of my fave characters in any TV show. It's still hard to believe that Alfie is only in 13 episodes of Peaky Blinders!!!
The dynamic between Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby, and Tom's Alfie just adds so much value to the show, but to be fair, I would 100% be up for an Alfie spin off where it's just Alfie, doing Alfie things in London...
Melanie - Ummmm just make sure you put the subtitles on ... omg even I had a hard time with this accent!
The Take is a four-part British television crime drama series, adapted from the novel by Martina Cole, that first broadcast on Sky1 in 2009.
The Take follows the activities of criminal sociopath Freddie Jackson , who has recently been released from prison, only to find that his cousin Jimmy is attempting to make a name for himself on the back of his reputation.
This was my introduction to Tom, and I was captivated even then. I remember thinking that Tom had the potential to be a massive star, even then.
Bronson has got to to be one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.
The film follows the life of this prisoner, considered Britain's most violent criminal, who has been responsible for a dozen or so cases of hostage taking while incarcerated. He was given the name Charles Bronson by his fight promoter, for his bare-knuckle fighting years.
Hardy's portrayal of Bronson is one of my favorite's. I laughed so hard watching this and as Bronson tended to do, some of the movie is essential just Tom naked doing crazy shit.
It might have been a daunting prospect to take on the role, knowing that Bronson might one day watch it, but despite being opposed to Tom's casting at the start, but after a few phone calls, Bronson gave Tom his seal of approval, and even stated that he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.
Lawless was not a great movie.
Shia LeBeouf was awful.
The pace of the movie was a little flat.
But Tom Hardy was hilariously brilliant in this for a character who barely spoke, wore a cardigan and a hat, and just grunted.
I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I love Roy Kent from Ted Lasso so much is that he reminded me of Forest in Lawless! LOL
Now, if someone could just get Tom and Brett Goldstein together in a movie, where they play two grumpy bastards, I would very much appreciate it.
Legend is a 2015 biographical crime thriller film and is adapted from John Pearson's book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with their career and the relationship that bound them together, and follows their gruesome career to life imprisonment in 1969
Tom plays both twins in Legend, and he seamlessly was able to give a accurate portrayal of Reggie, who was able to hide his volatile nature to an extent, and Ronnie, his paranoid schizophrenic twin.
I mean, I was sold on this when I heard it was about the Kray twins, but finding out that it would mean twice as much Tom Hardy in it, I was sold!
Plus I do love Tom in a very nice suit...
Melanie - OK I will give you this one - it is an excellent movies. I mean I don't like the way they did the narrative but Tom's performances were fabulous. I still prefer the Kemp bothers Krays though.
Warrior is a gritty film about family, brotherhood, and how fighting for different causes can bring two brothers back together.
The storytelling in Warrior, is profound, and full of heart. You can see how both the brothers have been affected by their upbringing, and by the things life has thrown at them.
Tommy and Brendan are both complex on their own, and Tom's pre-production preparation that meant he went through a demanding training routine for gaining muscle, gaining around 28 pounds (13 kg) of muscle.
This was also something he would do for The Dark Knight Rises and shows how far Tom is willing to go to realistically portray his characters.
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Tom is generally known to be a big softy. He loves dogs, and he loves children. He loves children so much that he agreed to take part in a children's TV channel promotion where Celebs read bedtime stories...Tom's stories were so popular with mammies and those of us not mammies, that he broke the internet...ALOT!!!
Even wearing some god awful cardigan's that man is just sexy AF!
While a host of other stars have done a bedtime story or two, Tom's will always be my favorite, because when Tom Hardy tells me it's time to go to bed, I'm damn well gonna go!
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