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Tom Hardy put through his paces at commando training camp

Published 16/07/2015 | 16:07

Actor Tom Hardy, right, during a visit to RM Condor in Arbroath, Scotland (LA Phot Pepe Hogan/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Actor Tom Hardy, right, during a visit to RM Condor in Arbroath, Scotland (LA Phot Pepe Hogan/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Actor Tom Hardy during a visit to RM Condor in Arbroath, Scotland (LA Phot Pepe Hogan/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
Tom Hardy visited 45 Commando's training ground in Arbroath

Tom Hardy would have been a Royal Marine if he had not made it as an actor, according to a commander who put the Mad Max star through his paces.

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The 37-year-old actor was at RM Condor in Arbroath, Scotland, this week to train with 45 Commando Royal Marines.

Hardy, who has been praised for his performance as both Kray twins in the soon-to-be-released film Legend, was visiting the site as part of his role as an honorary member of the Royal Marines Corps.

He took part in a series of physical challenges in the tough Barry Buddon training area and was given a demonstration of the weapons systems used by 45 Commando.

He was also given a tour of Woodlands Garden, which was opened in 2011 as a site of remembrance to honour those who have died while serving with the unit.

Sergeant Kev Bowie, the unit's physical training instructor, said: "All at 45 Commando hope that Tom enjoyed his short but eventful stay at RM Condor.

"The mighty 45 have put him through his paces over the past 48 hours; he understands our ethos and corps values and has an insight into what is required to wear the coveted Green Beret."

Major Giles Duncan, the second-in-command of 45 Commando, said: "Tom was hugely impressed by our Royal Marines and told me he was humbled by what the lads did.

"He confided that, had he not become an actor, he would have liked to have been a Marine."

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