They’ve travelled to this room from different worlds, but when Hollywood star Tom Hardy sits opposite charity worker Kenny Ross, they recognise something in each other.
The thirty-somethings share a common bond. At one time they were both hooked on drugs and drink. They are living proof addiction doesn’t care who you are or where you come from.
Tom says: “What I have is indiscriminate, like a bullet. If you are an alcoholic that is what you are.”
And the dark shadow of addiction is never far away. He goes on: “If I had four pints of lager and half a bottle of vodka I could turn this room into an absolute f***ing nightmare in about three minutes. I could destroy everything in my life I have worked so hard for.”
Both Tom and Kenny are now clean and making the most of their futures. But their paths before and after those dark years couldn’t be more different.
Actor Tom Hardy fulfilled a child hood dream when he flew and experienced first hand the power of the Tornado GR4; the Royal Air Force’s all weather, day and night attack and reconnaissanceActor Tom Hardy aircraft:
“As a little boy I always wanted to go in a jet, it was amazing! I got an adrenaline rush and I can see what’s exciting about flying fast jet. It takes a certain person to fly at that speed and I have an immense amount of respect for them, it was a pleasure to spend time with the RAF. I’m totally behind our Armed Forces.”
Tom Hardy has paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini, describing the Sopranos star as “incredibly kind” and “very special”.
Hardy appeared opposite the actor in his final film The Drop, which was previously known as Animal Rescue. He told Digital Spy and others that he “warmed” to Gandolfini very quickly.
“He was lovely. He was a very special man,” Hardy said at The Sun Military Awards last night (December 11). “He was an incredibly kind and generous human being.
“He’s very warming and I warmed a lot to him. I really, really loved James.”
Hardy also spoke about becoming Elton John for new biopic Rocketman, confirming that he has been getting tips from the iconic singer.
“It’s all sort of a bit under the radar at the minute, but yeah, I am [speaking to him],” said Hardy, who named ‘Honky Cat’ as his favourite song by the performer.
Asked if he has been taking singing lessons, the Dark Knight Rises actor replied: “Oh yeah. All the time. I’m always singing.”
Tom Hardy is singing ”all the time” as he prepares to play Sir Elton John.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ actor will portray the legendary musician in new musical biopic, ‘Rocketman’, and he admits he has been taking extensive singing lessons to get ready for the film’s numerous musical numbers.
Quizzed whether he’s had vocal training, he said: ”Oh, all the time. I’m always singing.”
The star also revealed production on the film is still in the early stages but Elton, who is co-producing the feature through his Rocket Films production company, has been in touch.
Hardy explained to BANG Showbiz: ”It’s all sort of under the radar at the moment, to be honest, but yes, I am [talking to Elton].”
‘Rocketman’, which is being directed by Michael Gracey, will tell the singer’s story from young child prodigy to musical icon.
Elton will re-record some of his classic songs for the film’s soundtrack, but it’s not yet known whether Hardy’s favourite song will make the cut.
He added: ”My favourite Elton song, I think it’s ‘Honky Cat’.”
Hardy was speaking at The Sun Military Awards, which took place last night (11.12.13) at the National Maritime Museum in London.
The ceremony honours the bravery and courage of Britain’s servicemen and women and the 36-year-old star is a staunch supporter.
He said: ”I think it’s very important to celebrate our soldiers and get behind them and our navy personnel.”
The Sun Military Awards air on Monday, December 16, at 9pm on ITV.
A couple of images of Tom at The Sun Military Awards have been added to the gallery.
James McAvoy, Jeff Goldblum and Judi Dench are also up for gongs at the 16th annual ceremony
Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hardy are amongst those up for awards at the 16th annual British Independent Film Awards.
The nominations were announced earlier today (November 11) in London by Ewan McGregor, with prison movie Starred Up scoring the highest number of nominations at eight, including nods for Best British Independent Film, Best Director for David Mackenzie and Best Screenplay. Meanwhile, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, and The Stone Roses: Made of Stone are all up for Best Documentary.
Scarlett Johansson has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in Under the Skin whilst Tom Hardy has been tipped for Best Actor for his role in Locke. The winners will be announced in a ceremony held on December 8, hosted by James Nesbitt, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
Up against Starred Up in the Best Film category are Metro Manila, Philomena, The Selfish Giant and Le Week-end. Judi Dench has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in Philomena, whilst Steve Coogan has been nominated for Best Actor in the same movie. Jeff Goldblum is up for Best Supporting Actor for Le Week-end. Read the list of further nominations below.
Speaking about the awards, BIFA joint directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson said: “The variety of films submitted reached a new level this year with films covering a range of subject matters and genres that perfectly showcase the diversity and creativity at work in British independent filmmaking today.”