Nearly as likely is Tom Hardy becoming a household name. After his muzzled, hulking Bane goes up against Christian Bale’s Batman, Hardy is bound to experience the kind of career boost that the franchise’s last villain, Heath Ledger, would have received if not for his untimely death.
The Dark Knight Rises is one of three Hardy films in 2012, sandwiched between This Means War and late August’s bootlegging spectacle, Lawless. He’ll then inherit his own franchise as the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road, slated for release in 2013.
But what of his earlier work? To further your Hardy education, here’s a rundown of his most notable films.
The Dark Knight Rises isn’t Hardy’s first brush with villainy. Under the edgy direction of Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Hardy bares all and then some as Charlie Bronson, Britain’s most violent and notorious prisoner. If Bane is half as menacing as Bronson, it’ll be more than enough.
Hardy first teamed with Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan on this stunning mind-bender. As expert forger Eames, Hardy constantly changes appearances to aid Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his teams’ dream thievery.
Part of last year’s finest ensemble, Hardy holds his own alongside the likes of Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. His rogue agent Ricky Tarr is the catalyst that spurs this brainy thriller. Bonus points for the feathery ’70s hair.
Hardy shows a looser side in Guy Ritchie’s last non-Sherlock Holmes film. As Handsome Bob, he proves a natural comedic actor, and alongside the surprisingly quick-witted Gerard Butler, makes for another awkwardly funny Ritchie team.
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