Tom Hardy found The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu extremely “controlling”.
The British actor stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the drama about a frontiersman who seeks revenge on the friends who left him for dead when he was attacked by a bear. Birdman director Alejandro sat in the driving seat and didn’t always make things easy for the cast.
“He was very controlling in every way,” Tom admitted to Indie Wire. “You didn’t know what you were trusting and how it was going to work. It’s like learning Black Russian. It was confusing. We had to wrestle our characters off him.”
Tom, 38, did manage to make the character his own eventually, adopting a thick accent for the part of John Fitzgerald. He simply stumbled upon the American twang: “I thought it sounded kind of cool,” he smiled. “I’ll go with that!
“I was a bit naughty, I didn’t do any research. I had time to grow a beard, get a wig on and go up the mountain. What you see is what you get.”
The Revenant isn’t the only movie gaining Tom recognition. Action film Mad Max: Fury Road has been nominated for two 2016 Golden Globes and he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“It’s such a massive explosion of Technicolor brilliance, orchestrated madness at its peak,” he gushed of George Miller’s movie.
Tom may have taken the title role in Mad Max, but co-star Charlize Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa was the real hero thanks to a gunshot which saved lives. However, the star didn’t mind.
“No. Because I’d miss,” he shrugged. “The reality is I would miss and she wouldn’t. The great thing about Mad Max is he’s real. He’s not that confident. He doesn’t think he’s going to make it. He knows what he’s good at and what he isn’t.”
– Cover Media