If every children's bedtime story is this funny, entertaining and well delivered from a Hollywood star like Tom Hardy, then the next generation of kids are well and truly spoiled. Sitting down on a couch with his own dog Woody asleep on his lap, the Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises and The Revenant actor decided to indulge his inner boy for the BBC, narrating the book You Must Bring A Hat for the program CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
Going on to tell the tale about a young boy embarking on a desperate search to find a hat for a big party, Hardy's voicing of the characters gives a gravitas to proceedings not usually accustomed to such a setting. Including a monkey, a pair of badgers and an elephant in a tutu of all things, Hardy mimicked his British accents from Legend and Bronson to turn the cockney up to 11. This 5 minutes will make you feel young at heart, regardless of your age.
Hardy Admits He Wanted To Be Sherlock Holmes
The Englishman might have gone PC for a brief moment, but that will be put to one side as he returns to his horrifying best for the upcoming 2017 series Taboo. Which will be hitting small screens shortly. Taking on the role of James Delaney as he wields his revenge in London, the project that he worked on with father Edward Hardy is seen to be worlds away from the UK's biggest contemporary drama Downton Abbey.
"It came about from doing (BBC One's 2007 miniseries) Oliver Twist and playing Bill Sykes," began Hardy. "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."
Taboo Might Not Be Everyone's Cup of Tea
Like a lot of productions that the Brit creates, Hardy is old enough to know that many will have one of two reactions to the series - pure love or outright hatred. Talking more about the FX show, the actor understands that this is something he wanted to do. Regardless of the opinions of critics.
"It's the period drama that I desire to watch," says Hardy. "People might not like this - so accept that, and push that. People will either like it or hate it, but it won't be middle of the road. Either it's going to go well, or it's going to go really f**king badly. But it was an effort made in the right pursuit, I believe."