“I wanted to play Bill Sykes, Sherlock Holmes and Hannibal Lecter, in one.”
Taboo has been a long time coming – BBC One’s wild and ambitious new period thriller will arrive on our screens some seven years after originating, as a spark of an idea, in the the mind of its star Tom Hardy.
Along with his father, Edward ‘Chips’ Hardy, Oscar nominee Tom conceived of a character – originally known as ‘Osborne’ – who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed.
“It came about from doing [BBC One’s 2007 miniseries] Oliver Twist and playing Bill Sykes,” Tom tells us. “To be bluntly honest, I wanted to play Bill Sykes, Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter, Heathcliff, Marlow [from Heart of Darkness]… just every classical character in one.”
Tom Hardy, the actor famous for playing Bane, Charles Bronson, the Krays and a whole host of other downright terrifying roles, is going to be reading the children of the UK a bedtime story on New Year’s Eve.
The 39-year-old Londoner might not seem like an obvious choice, but Hardy does have some experience of reading bedtime stories and not scaring the bejesus out of his audience: he’s got two kids.
Hardy, who was joined by his dog Woodstock for filming, is going to read ‘You Must Bring a Hat’ by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley. It’s a story about a boy who is invited to a party where, you guessed it, he must bring a hat.
If you and/or your little ones like what they see, there’s good news. Hardy will be back on the show in the new year reading more bedtime stories.
Hardy will be on CBeebies Bedtime Stories on New Year’s Eve at 6.50pm.
Images of Tom done for Esquire magazine have been added to the gallery.
British actor cast in tale of polar expedition leader who led his crew to safety when their ship was destroyed by ice.
Tom Hardy is set to star in a new film about Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer famous for his remarkable escape from the Antarctic continent with all his crew despite losing his ship when it was crushed by ice.
Deadline reports that the movie, the filming of which presents many logistical problems, has received financing and appointed a scriptwriter.
The story of the ill-fated journey of the Endurance has been told on screen before, most famously by Kenneth Branagh in a TV film for Channel 4 in a production the Guardian described as “inadvertently hilarious”.
In 1914, two years after Roald Amundsen had become the first person to reach the south pole, Shackleton led an expedition attempting to cross the continent. However, early on in the voyage the party’s ship, the Endurance, became trapped in an ice floe.
The crew waited for nine months, hoping that when spring came the boat would be freed, but it became clear that it had suffered too much damage and they were forced to abandon it.
Then followed two dangerous sea journeys in the lifeboats rescued from the Endurance, first to the barren Elephant Island and then, leaving most of his men behind, the journey of 720 nautical miles to South Georgia.
Against the odds, Shackleton and his team made the journey successfully and were able to send help to rescue the rest of the men still trapped in Antarctica. Astonishingly, the entire crew of the Endurance survived and were welcomed back as heroes.
No release date has yet been set for the film, which will be produced by StudioCanal.
Tom Hardy is attached to play all-time American gangster Al Capone in Fonzo, a new project written and to be directed by Josh Trank. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures and Lawrence Bender are producing the pic, which centers on Capone in the final days of his life. The real-life Capone died in 1947 at age 48.
CAA and WME Global are repping U.S. rights and Bloom is selling international at the upcoming American Film Market.
The pic, now in prepoduction centers on Alfonse Capone, the ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist before being famously taken down by Eliot Ness. After nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots his mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.
Trank most recently directed Fantastic Four at Fox after scoring with his debut feature Chronicle. Hardy is next up in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Taboo, the FX/BBC One eight-part series produced by Ridley Scott due in 2017.
Trank is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Mitch Smelkinson. Hardy is with CAA and United Agents in the UK.
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