More from USA Today (plus another lovely, lovely photo!):
Under all that brooding lies a teddy bear. Who hugs.
Known as one of the most electric actors on screen today, Tom Hardy has proven the depths of his darkness and the bounds of his physical force in movies from The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior to 2008’s breakout Bronson. Mad Max: Fury Road awaits, with George Miller’s massively anticipated reboot hitting theaters next year.
Off-screen, the intensity persists; when he feels threatened, those massive shoulders rise, the tattoos that snake his muscular arms flex. But should Hardy, whose new crime tale The Drop hits theaters Friday decide to be candid, he’s a chummy delight.
“When my shoulders go up and I get grumpy, it’s because I don’t feel safe,” he admits in a rare profile with USA TODAY. Over plates of steak, those defenses go down, the phrase ‘do you know what I mean?’ often peppering a frank discussion on fame, fortune and the accompanying fracas.
Hardy’s wades back into life’s dark underbelly with The Drop playing Bob, a forceful barkeep bound by a city-wide mobster scheme that skims profits all who operate in Brooklyn. His boss is bitter bar owner Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), a man who lost his standing when the Chechen mob came to town.
Bob is classic Hardy: quiet volatility peppered with moments of sweetness. His character finds a pit bull puppy in a stranger’s (Noomi Rapace) trash can and rescues it, that hulking figure cradling a bit of found innocence.
“I love to do things I hadn’t done before,” says Hardy. Which explains that one time he tried on the big ol’ studio rom-com This Means War – and, well, hated it. “I didn’t understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it,” he says, blaming himself for feeling ‘other’ on set. So consider that box checked. “I probably won’t do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?”
The Drop director Michaël R. Roskam looks up from his own plate of steak. “So you won’t do mine?” he grins. “With you, it would be different!” says Hardy.
The Drop is Gandolfini’s last movie, and Roskam had just begin to edit the footage when he found out the news of the actor’s death. “When he died, I went to the funeral in the morning and then took a cab back to the editing room,” says Roskam. The responsibility was crushing. “The first thing I did was go through all the (footage) again.”
“The man I met I loved,” says Hardy. “He was a brilliant actor. Super talented. Super sensitive, vulnerable, emotionally articulate, generous, kind.”
Next year, George Miller’s Mad Max reboot hits theaters. After spending seven months in the Namibian desert shooting, the actor says he’s seen “all of it,” but the film is still “constantly evolving.”
The trouble with $200-million budgets means Hardy’s life will soon become part of the public domain. It’s a status he struggles with, and partly why he declines from confirming if he’s married or not to actress Charlotte Riley (Hardy has a young son from a previous relationship).
“I hate being tracked or followed,” says Hardy. “I don’t like it when people say, ‘Well, you should have expected that when you accepted the job as an actor,’ ” he adds. “When you go to drama school, no one gives you a class on fame…Just treat people how you wish to be treated. Whether I’m married or not married, people will find out. But it’s also not something I’m going to offer.”
Hardy just wrapped Legend, playing identical twin gangsters, and next he’s jumping on a plane to shoot grizzly 1820s drama The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio – and then turning the dial to embody Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
“I’m not really a road dog. I’m a bit of a homeboy,” says Hardy, throwing a wink about his chef skills on the way out the door (his specialty: “cheese toasties”). But “the reality is, I love what I (expletive) do.”
(Source: USA Today)
There’s nothing like just apple picking in the Fall, the first cold New York weather hitting you, the fashion sense steaming up, and the fresh apple cider and donuts.
I LOVE THE FALL.
And hats and scarves and knee socks and wearing tights for the first time in months and when…
do you ever have those times at 4am where you get so motivated and decide to get all your shit together and then plan out your entire life and future and then the next morning you’re just like lol
I want this song to go out in the world and not be about my critics, I want it to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in eleventh grade because she thinks that her hair looks stupid. And that girl then goes and like cries in the bathroom because of it. These are things that we go through in every phase of our lives, starting a new job and there’s just someone who has it out for you. And I hope that maybe, you know, I had a lot of days when I would come home from school, and get in the car and my mom would try so hard to console me ‘cause someone had made fun of me or something had said something about me, or not invited me to something I was dying to go to. And she would always try to find songs that bring me out of that, and music always helped distract me from that, so I think my greatest hope is that this started out being about my life and I just want it to go out into cars, and speakers, and your phones, and become about their lives.
If you were ever a girl that people whispered about and laughed at as you walked by…. That feeling never goes away. You’re suspicious of everyone around you having a good time, thinking it’s at your expense.
bless them for letting baby girl keep her heritage
I peep them braids and that dress
I was just thinking this. She actually takes the children back to visit their family in their home country and they study about their own cultures. She isn’t one of those white people trying to assimilate her non-white children.
She doesn’t use her kids as props and accessories, and she loves and cherishes them all equally it looks like.
Not to mention how she lets John (Shiloh prefers to be called John) dress and act how they like
Also, I’m pretty sure her wedding dress has her kids’ drawings on it, which is just unbelievably adorable.
it does have her kids drawings on it, they also helped to write the vows and Maddox the eldest boy made the cake with his friends, which is probably why he looks so nervous in the picture of them cutting it.
Every single thing I hear about this wedding makes me so happy even though they’re complete strangers to me because it just seems so joyful.