Hardy pushed to limit for Warrior
Published 13/09/2011 | 10:56
Tom Hardy has revealed he trained so hard for boxing movie Warrior he stopped caring about the plot.
The Inception star plays an ex-Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, who is trained by his former alcoholic father to be a mixed martial arts fighter, pitting him against his own brother.
But Tom told The Guardian: "In hindsight I can see it's great drama, but when you're getting your teeth kicked in and eating endless chicken and broccoli, you don't really care."
The British actor - who turns 34 this week - put on 28lb of muscle for the roll, after giving up carbohydrates and doing hours of training.
He said: "I did two hours boxing a day, two hours mai tai, two hours ju jitsu followed by two hours choreography and two hours of weightlifting seven days a week for three months. So come on! You have to really want to do that, so it was a challenge."
Tom is now set to take Hollywood by storm after being cast as the villain Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
But he took a knock back when he was turned down for the role of Mr Darcy in a film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice by Hollywood producer Stacey Snider.
Tom revealed: "She said: 'Honey, women over the world have a picture of what Darcy is and I'm afraid you're just not it.' That's really hard for an actor."