If the Star Wars franchise has found it's groove again ahead of the hotly anticipated theatrical release of Episode VIII, this just might be the coup de gras. Tom Hardy rumored to be playing a Stormtrooper in the blockbuster is sure to take out all the stops to make it a commercial juggernaut. Coming out December 15, 2017, it was put to the Englishman if the story was true.
“I don’t know if I can even say that,” responded the Mad Max: Fury Road star. “The internet is a glorious web of deceit and misinformation, isn’t it?”
After it was was pointed out that he didn't actually answer the question and whether this was an example of misinformation, Hardy said, “It could be, couldn’t it?”
Hardy Doesn't Recognize Modern Action Heroes
Playing a man on the rampage for BBC's new series Taboo, Hardy lost any sense of what it means to be a 21st Century box office action star and wanted his voice heard. Pointing to the difference between Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones against Chris Hemsworth's Thor for The Sunday Times, Hardy explained there was no comparison between what he enjoyed more and what resembled a real hero.
“One (Ford) was allowed to express personal characteristics,” Hardy argued. “Now you’ve got to look like you’ve just come off a vegan diet, gone to the gym, part Navy Seal, really clean-valued, clean-living, moralistic. And then you go out and save the world from an impending danger that isn’t really dangerous at all. And it becomes not committed to any sense of the gubbins of reality... I don’t recognize this man.”
Happy Hardy Did Not Want Oscar Glory
With his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Oscar for Best Actor via The Revenant, Hardy's name was also in circulation as a supporting actor. To what degree we can believe him or not is up to personal choice, yet he says he was happy to see Mark Rylance take the award for his role in Bridge of Spies rather than for himself.
“I was extremely grateful to have not had my name called out,” remarked Hardy. “When Mark Rylance won, I was like, ‘Yeah.'”
To show a bit of insecurity despite his incredible fame, Hardy outlined that a bit of stage fright could have been at play on the big night.
“I get very scared of being exposed," he revealed. "You’re not a character (on that stage). And a lot of people have a sophisticated persona but I don’t. I haven’t paid enough attention on that front.”