Wednesday 16 August 2017

Mad Max and Taboo star Tom Hardy attacks 'boring' modern action movie roles

Tom Hardy compared Chris Hemsworth's Thor unfavourably to Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones
Tom Hardy compared Chris Hemsworth's Thor unfavourably to Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones

Brit action star Tom Hardy has hit out at beefy modern action hero film roles, saying he finds them "boring" to play.

The Max Max: Fury Road star blasted the "homogenised sort of eight-pack, tanned, straight-teeth, physicalised, action-hero leading male" in an interview with the Sunday Times.

The Dark Knight Rises actor drew a distinction between Harrison Ford's 1980s Indiana Jones and Australian actor Chris Hemsworth's more recent portrayal of Thor in several Marvel Universe films.

Hollwood sex symbol Hardy, who is currently on television screens in period drama Taboo, told the paper: "One was allowed to express personal characteristics ... Now you've got to look like you've just come off a vegan diet, gone to the gym, part Navy Seal, really clean-valued, clean-living, moralistic - and then you go out and save the world from an impending danger that isn't really dangerous at all.

"And it becomes not committed to any sense of the gubbins of reality: I don't recognise this man."

Hardy created Taboo with his writer father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and it is being screened seven years after they came up with the idea.

Ridley Scott is on board as executive producer and the script is by Steven Knight, the writer of Locke and Peaky Blinders.

Hardy plays a rogue adventurer long believed to be dead in the drama which is set in 1814. His character, James Keziah Delaney, returns to London to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire.

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