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Tom Hardy likes to play characters who scare him

Tom Hardy likes to play characters who scare him

Tom Hardy likes to play characters who scare him

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."

PA Media