Tom Hardy may have the physique and chiselled good looks of the most dashing and Adonis-like Hollywood superhero, but arguably he was more notorious in the past for his roles as bad-boy outcasts or out villains over the course of his superbly successful movie career thus far.
If I asked you to think of the first role that of Tom Hardy’s that springs to mind, I’d be willing to bet that it would be Bane, the masked brute of a villain from Batman: Dark Knight Rises, a role for which Hardy worked himself into astonishing, bicep rippling, trapezius muscle bulging, eye-popping body shape that startled even the most apathetic of viewers. You also might remember his early turn in Star Trek: Nemesis and the biopic movie about notorious criminal Charles Bronson.
In actuality, though, Hardy is, by all accounts, a pretty great guy, famed for his undying love of dogs; speaking in 2012 he told a reporter, “I don’t have any friends, so I like to keep myself [to] myself. I have a dog and a son. A dog couldn’t do anything to upset me, you know, and neither could my son.”Despite this, and probably largely due to his snarling, combative role in the vastly underrated MMA flick
Warrior, there is something about Hardy that makes me sure he would be a valuable ally should a situation ever descend into fisticuffs. There is an air of the “not to be messed with” about the actor, and as chance would have it, he has recently proved exactly why that is the case. Hardy went into full action star mode after reports emerged about how he apprehended a thief on a moped – after a dramatic chase through London.
In probably the greatest case of life mimicking art that I have ever heard, Hardy chased the thief through gardens and even across a building site in South West London before eventually catching the robber. With Hardy being a Hollywood actor, he apparently couldn’t let the moment pass without cracking out the perfect action-hero one liner – as the Sun reports, the kerfuffle ended with Hardy seizing the would-be plunderer roundly by the neck and shouting out, “I caught the C*nt”.
Not quite “I am the law” or “Say hello to my little friend”, but in fairness he had just run across a construction site and, by the sounds of it, a fair few residential lawns in South West London. 22-year-old Arun Pullen attested to Hardy’s brilliance, saying that he witnessed two bandits skip a red light and then crash into a Mercedes close to Hardy’s home in Richmond. Next, the thrilling chase unfolded.
Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased them through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.
After catching the crook, Hardy apparently checked him for weapons and asked to see his ID. Pullen described the scene as “mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie”. If you reside in Richmond, sleep easy in your beds tonight, because you’ve got one of Hollywood’s most formidable performers conducting the best neighbourhood watch scheme imaginable.