5 roles Tom Hardy totally transformed for

2017-07-31 06:01

Tom Hardy is a maestro; he is an actor that almost seamlessly transforms into the character that he plays, so that you almost forget the actor beneath. It is what makes him iconic and one of the most celebrated thespians of today.

We ranked our top 5 performances by the British heavyweight that made us look twice as we asked ourselves, “Is it really him?”, and that truly depict what a chameleon he is in any role that he plays.

1. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

A favourite of Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy featured as Bane the comic-book villain of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. A difficult performance, as it came straight after Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. But Hardy still made the role his own as he gained 40 pounds of muscle, changed his voice and wore a three-inch heel to make himself taller.  

2. Charles Bronson in Bronson

The small arthouse film and one of Tom Hardy’s first leading roles, he plays Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson, one of Britain’s most notorious prisoners, who spent most of his life in solitary confinement. The real-life Bronson was so impressed with Hardy’s impersonation of him that he shaved off his trademark moustache so that it could be made into a moustache prop that Hardy could wear in the film. He also remarked, “Tom looks more like me than I look like me.”

3. John Fitzgerald in The Revenant

It is known as the film that finally earned Leonardo Di Caprio his Oscar, but Tom Hardy’s villainous portrayal of John Fitzgerald was nuanced and so authentic that you felt DiCaprio’s Glass’ rage but still understood where Fitzgerald was coming from. Hardy’s turn as a Southern 19th-Century trapper is so seamless that you forget for a minute that the actor isn’t really an American trapper … or even American.

4. Reggie/Ronnie in Legend

This time, the overachieving actor plays two roles as the Kray twins – Reggie and Ronnie – in the 2015 biopic. The identical twins played a fearsome role in the underground crime syndicate in London in the 50s and 60s, and Hardy depicted both the calculating and menacing Reggie, and the mentally ill and spontaneous Ronnie. Easily shifting between both roles, he made it nearly impossible to believe that there wasn’t a different actor behind each character.

5. James Keziah Delaney in Taboo

In a passion project that Tom Hardy wrote and produced with his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, he stars as James Keziah Delaney who returns to London from Africa in 1814 to inherit his late father’s shipping empire and a valuable piece of land in North America, where a war with Britain is being waged. Hardy embodies Delaney so well – his familial issues, his heritage, his pain - that one can see that he wrote the role for himself.

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