7 Of Tom Hardy’s Most Underrated Movies Ever!
All right now. Tom Hardy is back in theaters this month. In fact he’s back this week and with another super-hero movie.
Yeah, Venom is the name and is intended to be the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel, and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Sope Aluko, Scott Deckert, Marcella Bragio, Michelle Lee, Mac Brandt, Christian Convery, Sam Medina, and Ron Cephas Jones have also been cast in undisclosed roles, and I can hardly wait for this movie to be released.
Why? Because Venom is one of the coolest anti-heroes ever written and of course the movie includes 2 Academy Award winners.
Tom Hardy (Eddie Brock/Venom) had played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), but in the comics, Bane ingested a serum named Venom to gain super strength. How cool is that?
But while we wait for the movie to be released, let’s look back at the career of Tom Hardy. He’s played heroes, criminals, spies, serial killers and of course Max Rockatansky. But I want to shine a light on some of his most underrated movie. You know the ones that are good and potentially awesome but very few has heard about them, the moves underperformed at the box office, or they’ve gained a cult status because of all of those things.
No, I’m not talking about Star Trek: Nemesis although it’s a project that’s in his career beginnings. No, I’ve picked 7 of his best and underrated movies that I feel deserve to be paid special attention.
7 of Tom Hardy’s most underrated movies. EVER!
The Reckoning (2002)
Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Marián Aguilera…
Fun Fact About The Movie: Tom Hardy (Straw) and Simon McBurney (Stephen) also appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
Dot The I (2003)
Director: Matthew Parkhill
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Natalia Verbeke, James D’Arcy…
Fun Fact About The Movie: The director’s name is Matthew Parkhill, and the name of the hospital is “Parkhill Hospital”.
Layer Cake (2004)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon…
Fun Fact About The Movie: It was Daniel Craig’s performance in this film that caused Barbara Broccoli to take notice and think he might be a good fit for James Bond.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews….
Fun Fact About The Movie: Nicolas Winding Refn was not allowed to meet Charles Bronson in person since he is not from Britain, but was allowed to have two phone calls with him. Tom Hardy met with Bronson several times and the two became good friends. Bronson was impressed with how Hardy managed to get just as muscular as he was and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton…
Fun Fact About The Movie: Instead of going to his hotel after his flight from England, Tom Hardy appeared at director Gavin O’Connor’s door at midnight the evening before his audition. The pair ended up living together for five days.
Stars: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson…
Fun Fact About The Movie: The movie had an unconventional shooting schedule. Tom Hardy filmed his part in 6 days, shooting the movie twice per night as it was filmed in a single take. The other actors were in a hotel room, speaking on the phone with Hardy, who was on location.
The Drop (2014)
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini…
Fun Fact About The Movie: Last film appearance of James Gandolfini. He died one month after shooting had wrapped.