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People in Film | Tom Hardy

Posted October 14, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Tom Hardy"

From a tumultuous and wild youth, Tom Hardy has focused his considerable energy into turning in bravura performances, from BRONSON to TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.

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Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

For fast-rising British actor Tom Hardy, the opportunity to appear in director Tomas Alfredson's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY came out of the blue, when Michael Fassbender (who played Mr. Rochester in JANE EYRE) had to withdraw from the production at short notice. Hardy jumped at the chance to play the rogue agent Ricki Tarr in the big screen adaptation of John Le Carré's classic spy novel and join an illustrious cast lead by Hardy's great acting hero, Gary Oldman. “If it had been a shopping list I'd have been in there!” Hardy joked. “It just so happened to be an extraordinary piece of modern literature that's been turned into a fantastic script with a director who contains such a wealth of knowledge and understanding of his world and what he wants to create. ...The only trouble I had through any of it was sitting opposite Gary Oldman and trying to not watch him while I was trying to do my work because I was fascinated by him doing his.” But Hardy, at this point, can stand by his own performances. As Oliver Lyttelton, reviewing for indieWIRE’s The Playlist, notes of Hardy in TTSS, “We’re virtually past the point of having to say that Tom Hardy is brilliant in a film, but brilliant he is, and once more showing new strings to his bow; soft and vulnerable, deeply wounded by being shut out by his employers.”