He was Batman’s masked nemesis in The Dark Knight Rises, a savage cage fighter in Warrior, and now he’s a dark and brooding barman turned gangster in The Drop. In real life though, Tom insists he’s nothing but a big softie.
Cosmo: The Drop is another tough-guy role for you. Are you as tough in real life as you are on screen?
Tom Hardy: “Ha! Me? Tough? No! My fiancée (now wife) Charlotte has, pound for pound, a better punch than I do!”
C: You have a lot of tattoos. What do they all mean?
TH: “They’re all personal to me.
Every one reminds me of something in my life. An event, a person, a place...”
C: Now, what about that American accent of yours in The Drop?
TH: “Ha! I tried! But I do love trying to transform. I think it’s always good to keep shifting. It’s the same physicality as me, of course, so it’s fun to take on a different guise and to use that camouflage.”
C: You worked with Chris Nolan on The Dark Knight rises and Inception. Are you hoping to make more movies with him?
TH: “I’d love to. I love working with Chris. I’ll do anything with him. It was such an honour to be asked to be in those films. Even now, if I stop and think about it, it’s almost overwhelming.”
C: You have had so much success in Hollywood but you still haven’t moved there full time. Why is that?
TH: “My son lives in London with his mother and I need that contact with him. It’s so important to me. Any time away from him is just criminal. Also, I am a Londoner forever. I’m never moving until my boy is old enough to move with me if he wants to.”