Tom Hardy has revealed he likes playing characters he is afraid of.
The British actor's latest movies include drama Locke, in which he plays a man confessing to his wife that he cheated on her, and New York crime film The Drop, and he will soon start shooting Alejandro Inarritu's The Revenant, a gritty thriller set on the 1820s frontier.
"I play characters that I am not, that I am frightened of," said Tom.
"It's easier to mimic that which frightens me than it is that which comforts me."
The 36-year-old went on: "As I get older, people like Locke are more enticing because I feel safe enough to try that. I'm allowed to be here, as an actor. I've made inroads, certainly, to say: 'Now can I play something else?'."
Tom is also known for physical roles such as his mixed-martial arts fighter in Warrior and villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
"I'm actually not a big, muscly guy," he said. "I'm only 150 pounds, wet through, bricks in my pocket. But it's funny. Like Bane or Bronson (the title-character criminal of his 2008 breakthrough), that's so not who I am.
"The articulation of sensitivity is closer to who I am."