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Tom Hardy Actor Profile


Tom Hardy has been on a hot streak lately. He has been acting for quite sometime but it wasn’t until Bronson that he got noticed. His performance in Bronson is nothing short of amazing. He has a raw intensity that really elevates a rather simple movie. He entered the game in Black Hawk Down and acted in smaller roles is plenty of movies including the main villain in Star Trek: Nemesis but really didn’t get the street credit that he does now. Inception was the next movie where he really stood out. Working with Christopher Nolan really expedited his career in the best possible way. He brought complexity to a character who didn’t get enough screen time. Not long afterwards he played the character Tommy Riordan in Warrior which was another performance showcasing his ability to make a treating and imposing character while also grounding him reality. Before Warrior and after Inception, Hardy was cast as the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, a perfect casting considering his roles in Warrior and Bronson. The Dark Knight Rises made him the house hold name that he is today. He was able to express sincere emotion while wearing a mask that covered the majority of his face.

Even in the poorly received This Means War, Hardy is able to bring some depth to his character. It wasn’t until Locke that he was able to use the extent of his talent. He gives a stunning performance as Ivan Locke, a construction manager and his tough decision between his job, wife, and the destructive force that will tear everything apart. Set in a singular location the entire film rests on Hardy’s shoulders and he is able to carry the movie and elevate his talent.

Even The Drop (review in progress) even with two other fantastic performances from James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoernaerts, who is just as powerful an actor you are unable to take your eyes of his performance.

Sometimes an actor will play the same character in every movie, I’m looking at you Tom Cruise, but you never once think that Tom Hardy is imitating the same character but instead creating a completely new character every time. I think this is what makes Tom Hardy the powerhouse actor that he is.


Killing Them Softly a simple yet elegant looking film.

Up until a few days ago I never actually heard of Killing Them Softly but once I saw the trailer I knew that it was going to be a movie that I would be interested in. I have a thing for gangster films, they are always entertaining to watch and see what life would be like in the Mafia, Cartel, etc. and they always tend to incorporate political commentary and social commentaries about a twisted version of American Dream. From what I can see in the trailer there is definitely some commentary about the business world but until I see I’ll wait to see it is present throughout the entire film, which it will most likely be. Brad Pitt yet again looks to be suited for the role, since he played a good Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford the directors last movie. If anything the movie has a very simple plot but it looks to contain a vast amount atmosphere and elegance that it won’t matter that much in the long run.

Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is a point man (a person who patrols ahead) for a hitman. Cogan begins investigating a heist of the mob’s assets.