Tom Hardy has enjoyed an astonishing rise to fame in recent years to become a fan favorite. Hardy, 42, has established himself as one of the great modern actors through regularly choosing incredibly challenging and demanding roles, both physically and mentally. He has been universally praised for the level of commitment he brings to these transformations, and his undeniable talent has resulted in many breathtaking performances. On top of this, nobody can pull off the “tough but sweet” persona better than the Brit. To celebrate his recent Oscar nomination for The Revenant, here are 10 of his other greatest performances.
What better way to showcase your acting skills than by playing the two lead characters in one film? A few eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Tom Hardy would be playing both Kray twins in Brian Helgeland’s 2015 crime thriller Legend, and although the film received mixed reviews, there is no denying that Hardy is compelling as both Reggie and Ronnie and they are impressive performances. For those unfamiliar, the Kray twins are infamous East London gangsters and identical twins with their gang, The Firm, who terrorized the capital in the ’50s and ’60s. The film explores their rise and the gruesome crimes that they committed, all the way through to their downfall and imprisonment in 1969. Both frightening and fascinating characters who also contrast one another, they also shared a special relationship which Hardy impressively managed to capture.