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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.
Tom Hardy | Internal Demons
Tom Hardy in BAND OF BROTHERS, and as Shinzon in STAR TREK: NEMESIS
To some extent, Hardy’s talent for capturing characters struggling with internal demons comes from his own real-life experiences. At 13, Hardy turned to drugs and alcohol, an affliction that continued even as he was getting a foothold in the entertainment industry. At 19, he started modeling after winning The Big Breakfast’s Find Me a Supermodel competition. Soon he turned to drama, attending the Richmond College for the Performing Arts, then London’s Drama Centre (where he befriended another young actor, Michael Fassbender). But early on, producers started noticing him. He dropped out of the Drama Centre after getting cast in HBO’s BAND OF BROTHERS. He soon picked up film work in BLACK HAWK DOWN, and as Praetor Shinzon, the evil clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in STAR TREK: NEMESIS. After getting clean and sober in his early 20s, Hardy made acting his main focus. As he told London’s The Telegraph, “I wanted my dad to be proud of me, and I fell into acting because there wasn’t anything else I could do, and in it I found a discipline that I wanted to keep coming back to, that I love and I learn about every day.”