Tom Hardy: Comeback actor of the year

Hunter Kelley

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Today, Hollywood up-and-comers turned alcoholics or drug addicted burnouts are in no short order. Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Joaquin Phoenix are all three prime examples of how to successfully screw up an otherwise booming career.

Fortunately, that is not the case for Tom Hardy, an incredibly determined and versatile actor on the verge of complete stardom.

The only thing standing in the way of Hardy’s total Hollywood domination is Tom Hardy.

Hardy, born Edward Thomas Hardy, in September 1977, is an English actor who just very recently has made his way overseas to a new crowd of fans.

Thanks in part to Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn’s (“Drive”) film “Bronson,” Hardy plays the titular character, Charles Bronson, a notorious prison inmate who spent most of his life in solitary confinement.

Hardy also owes his newfound fame to the mother of all filmmakers, “The Dark Knight” genius himself, Christopher Nolan.

Hardy’s charismatic performance as Eames, the forger, in Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Inception,” along with his die

hard determination, helped win over Christopher Nolan. Shortly after the success of “Inception,” Nolan made the announcement that Hardy along with his fellow “Inception” co-stars Michael Caine, Marion Collitard and Joseph Gordon Levitt would be returning to work with the director in his epic conclusion to the Batman series, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Months later would come the curveball that Hardy had in fact been cast as the venom-injected villain, Bane.

Things were not always this good for Hardy, however.

Like many celebrities who become famous at a young age, Hardy used his fame and newfound fortune for the wrong reasons.

In his late teens and early twenties, Hardy became addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. In interviews, Hardy tells stories of alcohol and drug filled evenings in which, on more than one occasion, he would wake up in other states, sometimes other countries, bloodied and beaten up, and often in bed with strangers.

At the age of 23, Hardy decided it was time to clean up his act to prevent winding up dead or going to jail.

Hardy entered a rehab facility and has been clean and sober since 2003. The day Hardy left rehab was the day that started his long road back to stardom.

Hardy had to convince directors, producers and, most importantly, fans that he was a changed man, and that he could deliver.

Thank god Hardy decided to turn his life around. I believe Tom Hardy has the potential to be one of the biggest movie stars of our generation.

On top of the aforementioned films, Hardy has critically acclaimed performances in Guy Ritchie’s indie crime thriller “Rocknrolla” and the MMA movie “Warrior.” Next on Hardy’s agenda is “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which will mark Hardy’s first leading performance in a movie franchise, as well as the espionage flick “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” (TDKR) which Hardy will share the screen with his TDKR co-star Gary Oldman.

 

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