Alright, so I’m cheating a little here. Since I’m giving Tom Hardy two posts, there are technically only 11 dudes on my 12 Days of Dudes list. But Tom’s got enough acting chops, chutzpah, and brute force to spare so in my humble opinion, he deserves to be mentioned twice.
In April of this year, I watched Bronson, the ultra-violent, ultra-stylized portrait of notorious British prisoner Charles Bronson. I was both excited and a little scared to see the film. Excited, because Bronson is considered by many to be Tom Hardy’s best role, but nervous because of the film’s bizarre imagery, chaotic storytelling and unflinching portrayal of violence. While all of these elements of the film were difficult to shake, it’s Tom’s performance that truly left me breathless. Bronson is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you consider yourself a true Tom Hardy fan, don’t go another day without seeing it.
Seems like everyone’s got a 12 Days of Something going on right now so I thought, why not do my own Little Things version? Let’s call it the 12 Days of Dudes. For the next 12 days, I will pay tribute to my favorite actors of 2012 and the performances that held on and never let go.
Every month of this year there was one actor who stood out and grabbed my attention. In January, there’s no doubt that it was Tom Hardy. While he had amazing performances in The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless, I fell for Tom because of Warrior which I didn’t see till the very end of 2011.The film is inspiring to say the least and Tom’s performance chilled me to the bone. Even though he was the first actor to make an impression in 2012, and there are 11 more to discuss on this list, Tom Hardy remains in my #1 spot and probably will for years to come.
The highly acclaimed play written by Brett C. Leonard, THE LONG RED ROAD especially penned for Tom Hardy’s American debut at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2010 will be made into a feature film.
Tom Hardy starred in the play as Sam, a man living his wasted life on an Indian reservation in South Dakota; a man on a tortured emotional downward spiral who attempts to drink his sorrows and himself further into oblivion.
Tom Hardy will reprise his role in the film. Michael Shannon has agreed to play Sam’s older brother, Bob. The play was directed by the talented and respected Philip Seymour Hoffman but no word as yet if his name will be attached to the film adaptation.
With two such dynamically talented actors on board, this film proves to be a highly anticipated one.