Tom Hardy’s had a great 2015, hasn’t he? Mad Max: Fury Road took the world by storm this summer, and his double performance as Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend last month blew our minds.
His next blockbuster is due out next year – Academy Award winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant, which tells the (true) story of Hugh Glass (played by Hardy’s Inception co-star Leonardo diCaprio) and John Fitzgerald (Hardy) – a story of betrayal in the harsh landscape of 19th century Dakota.
EW’s been catching up with the eccentric Brit about the extremes the cast were pushed to in the filming of this epic movie. Iñárritu had them filming in the freezing snows of Calgary, where Hardy graced us all with those hilarious Dubsmash videos in his downtime.
“He’s unlike any director I’ve ever worked with,” Hardy said of Iñárritu. “He sees things how he sees them, so to give him back what he wants is quite an interesting experience. It could drive you f***ing nuts.”
Hardy’s ready to take one for the team to stop them going nuts, it seems. “When things get a bit too serious, I go, ‘Why don’t we have a cuddle in front of all these people here?’ It ends with both of us falling down in the snow. I think that’s a good thing. If I’m the naughty boy for doing that, then I’d rather be the naughty boy and release that tension.”
Iñárritu totally dished on Tom too, but only good things! “On the surface, he can look inaccessible or difficult,” he said. “But he is just a beautiful human being. He’s incredibly sensitive and lovable.”
Slightly less flattering, Hardy said “He had the affability to me of the donkey from Shrek and I’m Shrek.” Well, at least they make a dynamic pair, right?
He also had nothing but praise for his old co-star DiCaprio: “I do a bit of heavy-lifting with all the lingo and Leo does the face-pulling. He does some significant face-pulling. And he’s awesome at it.”
On the Oscar buzz surrounding The Revenant already, Hardy was, oddly, quick to distance himself form the world of awards. “Lock me out of that, for your own good,” he says. “It’s like putting a wig on a dog, or a tutu on a crocodile. It doesn’t look right, it’s not fair to the animal, and inevitably someone will get bitten and hurt.” Hopefully the bear attacks will stay in the movie.
The Revenant is out Jan 8th 2016 – here’s the trailer to whet your appetites.
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