British actor Tom Hardy recalls African adventures, London kebabs and butler sevice in the Maldives.
Born in Hammersmith, Tom Hardy trained at Drama Centre London and now acts in film, television and theatre. Nominated for both Olivier and Bafta awards, he has played characters ranging from Charles Bronson to Stuart Shorter , the homeless, disabled man in Stuart: A Life Backwards . His most recent roles have been in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Dark Knight Rises ; he is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road (to be released in 2014 ). He is a patron of Flack , the charity for the homeless, and an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust .
How many holidays do you take a year?
If I’m lucky, one – for 10 days as a family – plus the odd weekend here and there. Before I got so busy, we went camping a lot, or on package holidays.
What do you do now?
We have a place in St-Rémy , in Provence, where we go for long weekends. It’s very romantic. We also love Como in Lombardy , northern Italy.
Any other favourites?
Avignon, Béziers, Nîmes, Sommières and Arles in the South of France, and Sarlat in the Dordogne.
Which parts of the world do you know best?
As a child, I grew up going to the South of France, to Burgh Island [off South Devon], Plymouth, Yorkshire and Florida with my parents. Now, most of my travels are work-orientated, so I get to look around the cities or countries we are filming in.
Your favourite city for a weekend away?
London, which is at its best around Christmas time and in summer. It has great people and great restaurants, and there’s so much to see and do.
Favourite spots in the capital?
For breakfast, I love the Monmouth coffee shop ; for clothes, Alfred Dunhill in Jermyn Street . If we fancy a night in town, it has to be the Soho Hotel .
And for nightlife?
The Groucho Club, followed by the Karaoke Box in Soho and then Maroush II , the all-night kebab shop in Beauchamp Place , or Pala Kebab House in south-west London. They make a mean doner with chilli sauce, and the owner, Serge, used to look out for me growing up in that community. It’s a real hub for intelligence and information.
Favourite restaurants abroad?
When I’m in Los Angeles or New York, Joe’s Pizza .
Where would you like to go next?
Somewhere hot where the air is fresh and smells of pine, with good food, where I can spend lazy days by the pool or next to a cool river with a book. I need to chill, really, and take stock. A nice long swim in a lake would be fantastic, too.
The most glamorous room you’ve stayed in?
I went to Villa D’Este on Lake Como once, which for me was totally wow, and glam. Alfred Hitchcock used to spend his summers there .
And the most luxurious?
We once went to Lily Beach Resort in the Maldives, which was a first for us as a couple. We’re not used to being pampered like that. It’s a beautiful tropical-island hotel, with a suite on stilts in the lagoon, scuba diving and snorkelling, hot sun, sand you can pour like water from your palm, coral lagoons and massages every day by Balinese ladies who spoiled us rotten.
The most decadent perk?
A butler called Ishlal who drove us to and from breakfast, lunch and dinner on a little golf cart like the Popemobile and served us candlelit meals on the beach at night. We watched turtles, fed fish, rays and sharks with bread rolls from the pier. It really was out-of-this-world luxurious.
And your next trip?
Center Parcs with my son Louis!
What makes a perfect day on holiday?
A lie in. Plenty of sun, fun with loved ones, and a good book. Not touching the phone and not thinking about work at all would be a dream, but it’s almost impossible these days. Doing something new and special also gets my vote.
Do you like adventure holidays?
My work often involves adventure; films such as Dark Knight and Mad Max all have a personal adventure built in. And to prepare for a role, I’ll often learn how to use certain weapons and vehicles. Last year, I went on several trips to research issues around animal poaching. So, on holiday, adventure is not really what I need!
Have you been on safari?
We took Louis to Erindi game reserve, in Namibia, on a weekend off during the filming of Mad Max. We saw rhinos, crocodiles, elephants and cheetahs, among other things. It was amazing, watching giraffes licking salt by the waterhole one night. And the sight of Louis changing the tyre with Tim the ranger was pretty memorable.
What do you make of Africa?
I love it – from Morocco in North Africa to Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and even Congo. It’s not just the abundant wildlife that thrills me. The skies, the sunsets and the variety of people and music are incredible.
What’s the roughest you’ve travelled?
Backpacking and tents, I suppose, taking trains and staying in YMCAs as a student. It’s only recently that I’ve done anything really intrepid. When I do, I go with serious teams such as Olly Suzi Expeditions and Pilgrims Group, who make sure I’m safe in some of the toughest spots.
The most remote place you’ve been?
Poli Charkhi prison in Kabul, which was just weird.
Do you travel light?
That’s always the idea. I say to myself, “I’m just going to take shorts, a toothbrush and a book.” And then it’s “Oh, and those jeans, and these T-shirts… oh, and those shirts and sneakers, too.”
Any specific make of luggage?
A Help for Heroes holdall, a big strong bag I can fit all my kit in – and which supports a great cause.
The best airline in the world?
It used to be Virgin. But now I think all the people I work with agree that it’s British Airways. Air France has a great First Class cabin, too.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy might not have much time together (any time together?) in The Dark Knight Rises, but they were evidently close enough to take this beautiful photo together, so let’s call it a reunion anyway.
Child 44 will feature Hardy as a fifties Soviet military police agent who comes under government suspicion while investigating some child murders; Oldman will play the head of police, the one keeping tabs on Hardy. Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman are also onboard, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directing.
You can view a video of Tom on the set of Animal Rescue here on Youtube.
I have also updated the album to include more images of Tom on the set.
Images of Tom on the set of Animal Rescue in New York have been added to the gallery. I’m sure the album will be updated as more images emerge online so keep checking back.
You can view screencaps of Tom in the gallery.
Tom can be seen with Mika Salo in Driven To Extremes which will air on 13th March on the Discovery Channel.
Tom Hardy has teamed with Solar Pictures to develop Samarkand, a drama that will be directed by Greg Williams and tackles the topical hot button issue of post traumatic stress disorder.
Hardy will portray an SAS soldier returning from operations in the Middle East. Suffering from PTSD, he has a most difficult time reintegrating from the battlefield back into society. The script was written by Greg and Olly Williams, brothers who developed the picture with Hardy and Solar Pictures’ Bobby Paunescu.
Williams, a celebrated photographer, makes this his feature debut. His 2011 short film Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother starred Hardy and it won Williams Best Director honors at the New York, Chicago and San Francisco Short Film Festivals.
Hardy is attached to the Steven Knight-directed Locke, the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44, and the Doug Liman-directed Everest. He’ll next star with Noomi Rapace in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Animal Rescue for Fox Searchlight, with Michael R. Roskam directing. He’s repped by CAA.
Steven Knight’s real-time thriller
With his days as Gotham’s reckoning behind him, Tom Hardy his loading his schedule with new movies that don’t require him to take out American Football stadiums. But even with several films now in development, he’s got room for more, adding a starring role in Steven Knight’s Locke to his to-do list.
Knight, who wrote Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises and recently turned director for his thriller script Hummingbird, is back in the big folding chair for this one.
Locke finds Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man who finds his seemingly perfect life unravelling during a tension-filled 90-minute race against the clock, which will apparently be shot to take place in real time.
With shooting set to start later this month in London, Knight and backers IM Global are headed to Berlin this week to sell the rights at the European Film Market. And this being a film for sale, there’s naturally a supportive press release to go along with it. “I’m really excited to be working with Tom Hardy on an innovative piece of filmmaking which will exercise his immense talent to the full,” Knight says in a statement picked up by the Hollywood Reporter. We’re just hoping they can make it work more skilfully than Johnny Depp thriller Nick Of Time or Al Pacino dud 88 Minutes.
Hardy has finally finished work on the exhaustive Mad Max: Fury Road shoot and is also scheduled to film Animal Rescue alongside Noomi Rapace. Sounds like Locke will fit in before everything else he has planed…
Source: Empire Online
Daniel Espinosa is directing the Ridley Scott-produced, Soviet Union-set thriller.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in negotiations to team up to star in Child 44, a Soviet-era thriller being produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan.
Daniel Espinosa is directing the thriller, which is set in the 1950s and follows a member of the Soviet police who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions.
Hardy will play the Soviet officer while Rapace will play his wife, who pretends to be doting partner but is concealing many thoughts and feelings.
Richard Price wrote the script adapting the Tom Rob Smith novel.
Hardy (CAA, Sloane Offer, and UK’s United Agents) starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises while Rapace (UTA, Magnolia Entertainment) and was the lead in Scott’s giant sci-fi movie Prometheus.
The two will first work together on Fox Searchlight’s drama Animal Rescue, which is due to shoot in March before segueing to Child 44, which is eyeing a start in Budapest towards the end of May.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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